Sue Bell Cobb, the court and future of Democrats

Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb’s unexpected decision to exit the court more than a year before her term ends has people talking. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster), Cumberland Law School Dean John Carroll and Democrat activist and consultant Martha Bozeman talk about the current political shocker on Good Day Alabama. Watch here. [...]

New Bar President: “No way to run a court system.”

The incoming president of the Alabama Bar Association says a $27,000 fix to extend Jefferson County court security for 3 more weeks is a way to buy time for a long-term solution. “Well-intended people are working on extending those 3 weeks,” Jim Pratt says. Pratt, who moves into the president’s role in three weeks, says [...]

A Former First Lady Promotes “The New Cotton” in Alabama

Her husband no longer serves as an economic development booster as governor or lieutenant governor in Montgomery, but former first lady Marsha Folsom takes on the role as the promoter with a new agribusiness. The future for Alabama’s Black Belt Region? In a word, Marsha Folsom says… “bamboo.” “It’s the new cotton,” Folsom told me [...]

“Personhood” Bill Set for Committee Vote

Tough question for Alabama lawmakers to deal with this session. Perhaps tougher than many of you will realize. Here it is: when do you become a person? At birth or is it the minute the sperm fertilizes the egg? Now throw in this complication. What if the fertilized egg isn’t in the womb. Is the [...]

The “Just Say No” Crowd

Sometime in the last decade, my father, disgusted with seeing countless local amendments on his general election ballot told me he had had enough. He would not, he declared, vote “yes” for another constitutional amendment on an Alabama ballot until it was “straightened up.” “Really, Dad, shouldn’t you consider on a case by case basis,” [...]

James Anderson: Opponent “Just A Washington Lobbyist”

Democratic nominee for Attorney General James Anderson quotes his momma on Good Day Alabama. Anderson says claims by Republican opponent Luther Strange that he has legal ties to Milton McGregor is “just a story.” Anderson says he represents Macon county’s sheriff which has put Anderson in court several times this year over attempted raids of [...]

Big Luther Campaigns with Virginia AG

Virginia’s Republican Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, says he came to Alabama to “build a team.” The headline grabbing AG considered a Tea Party favorite is campaigning for Alabama’s Republican nominee for AG, Luther Strange. Cuccinelli has been campaigning for fellow Republicans around the country. Monday he was campaigning for a Republican candidate in Iowa. The [...]

Air Wars: Sparks Runs First Commercial of Fall

Both candidates in the race for governor have unveiled new campaign spots this week. Republican nominee Robert Bentley talks illegal immigration in “I Will Not Wait.” In “Chance,” Democratic nominee Ron Sparks focuses on… wait for it! An education lottery. Sparks hosts former president Bill Clinton today at a $1,000-a-person fundraiser at Birmingham’s The Summit [...]

Can Republican “Handshake” Seal the Deal?

The chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham), calls it old politics that won’t work. State Treasurer and Republican nominee for Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey says she’s “ready, willing and able to make this agenda pass.” Reaction to the state GOP’s “Handshake with Alabama” is predictable. House and Senate Republican leaders promoted [...]

GOP Poll Shows Edge in Generic Ballot for Alabama Legislature

Inboxes for reporters today contain results from a statewide poll commissioned by the state GOP concerning a generic legislative ballot. McLaughlin & Associates reports 50% of voters prefer the Republican candidate on a generic legislative ballot. Thirty-three percent favor the Democrat in the survey. McLaughlin says Republicans get a boost from Independent voters (49%-15%). When [...]