Friday, August 05, 2005

Is there anything this guy doesn't control?

Gov. Bob Riley won't sign a bill to create the Alabama Tourism Development Finance Authority today. Don't get him wrong; he likes the idea of attracting theme parks to the state, but he's not a big fan of bills that would let the Alabama Education Association tell him what to do.

No, seriously, it would. AEA executive secretary Paul Hubbert, as always, is unapologetic and really, really good at his job.


Anonymous Joel said...

And when you step back from this issue the whole thing looks absolutely farcical: the governor is vetoing a tourism bill that he admits is good for Alabama because the state's biggest lobbyist (in a field that has nothing to do with tourism) wants to appoint members to it. That's right, the chief education lobbyist thinks he should have a say in state tourism. Calling Hubbard's connection to this issue "tenuous" is a real understatement, but he's managed to put his fat little fingers in yet another Alabama pie, all in the name of "good education." Bullshit.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Matt Collins said...

Welcome to Alabama, where the special interests run the politics because the parties won't.

2:02 PM  

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