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Blueprint Birmingham

In recent weeks, candidates for governor have passed through Birmingham showcasing their focused plan for economic development. Jobs creation, they say, that will work for the Birmingham metro. What many in Birmingham have learned  is that the metro must get its act together before seeing “real” commitment or help from those in Montgomery. Gov. Bob [...]

“Jobs” is the Word

Job creation for Birmingham will be a priority for new mayor William Bell, scheduled to be sworn in this afternoon. This morning on FOX6 News Good Day Alabama, council members Jay Roberson and Kim Rafferty pointed at the growing worries about economic development in the city. “Regionally, we’ve got to cooperate on certain projects to [...]

Bell Prepares to Lead Birmingham

William Bell now has the job he always wanted. For his fourth and often bruising campaign for mayor of Birmingham, the Jefferson County Commissioner defeated  runoff opponent Patrick Cooper to  fill the remaining 22 months of Larry Langford’s term. Today, Bell meets with police chief A.C. Roper at the mayor-elect’s home. Bell tells me he [...]

Election Day in Birmingham

Who has the better organization? Who has supporters with the “fire in the belly” to get to the polls? The answers to those questions could provide the answer to today’s runoff vote for Birmingham’s next mayor. Right now, political observers expect a narrow margin of victory. The December 8th frontrunner, attorney turned political activist Patrick [...]

Acting Mayor Mum On His Support

Birmingham’s Interim Mayor Roderick Royal knows who he will vote for next Tuesday. Just don’t expect him to give a “shout out” to that candidate. This morning on FOX6 News Good Day Alabama, Mayor Royal detailed recommendations listed in his Plan of Action for the next mayor. Jefferson County Commissioner William Bell and attorney-turned-community-activist Patrick [...]

Bettye Fine Collins Not Seeking Re-Election

“Good riddance.” That’s what I imagine Jefferson County Commission President Bettye Fine Collins thought as the stroke of midnight took us from 2009 into 2010. Tough year 2009 proved for the commission. Collins told the Birmingham News “the fire still burns…. but it’s just time for the torch to pass.” Collins, who was first elected [...]