Saturday, October 9, 2010

News from Bama country

Its been a busy week in Alabama politics. It started out with a bombshell when numerous state senators and lobbyists were indicted in their efforts to legalize gambling in the state of Alabama. Then came the news that Birmingham Mayor William Bell(D) and the Birmingham Barons ownership team had a meeting about building a new double a ballpark in downtown Birmingham for the Barons to play in and word is it could be configured to let UAB play in it during the fall. This is what should've happened a long time ago in Birmingham. They wasted years talking about building a dome knowing full well the NFL would never come because of the undying devotion fans in Alabama have to the Tide and Auburn. So we shall see where this goes. Up in Cullman County, State Senate Majority Leader Zebulon Little(D) is trying his best to paint his opponent Dr Bussman(R) as an evil man. I guess those efforts by Zebulon speak volumes about what his internal polling shows. But anyway, Dr Bussman has been accused of not paying his child support and writing illegal prescriptions among other thing by Zebulon. My guess is that Br Bussman will win this race in the end because of Zebulon's very public legal problems last year and the fact that a pretty huge GOP wave is on its way this November. Also everyone should look up the link where State Senator Roger Bedford(D) who was the 1996 opponent to US Senator Jeff Sessions asks gambling kingpin Milton McGregor for permission to go after their opponents on gambling. Its very entertaining but also sad that a state senator would do that. One final note and it concerns Cullman County once again. There is trouble brewing on a huge scale with the GOP dominated county commission. Chairman James Graves(R) is suing the other two commissioners Wayne Willingham(R) and Doug Williams(R) over issues involving the county budget. Ive had three different people in the Cullman County GOP tell me recently that Williams and Willingham should be investigated by the US Attorney's office for alleged crimes they may have committed over the last year. So even though Williams and Willingham are in their last days as commissioners they may pop up again very soon in public for all the wrong reasons....

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