Monday, December 19, 2005

A random amalgamation of stuff

Alabama's House delegation split 4-3 last week against the "ban on cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of prisoners in American custody" sponsored by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, today's Mobile Register reports. Taking the correct stand (against prison abuse, of course) were U.S. Reps. Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills; Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville; and Artur Davis, D-Birmingham.

Another notable newsbite from the Register's weekly "Political Skinny" column, which you really should start reading if you don't, reveals that Gov. Bob Riley's annual Christmastime press release this year is much more "overtly religious" than last year's version, but similar in religious content to a Christmastime editorial he wrote in 2003.

Finally, this recent question comes from The Hotline via the Register: "Seriously ... how many indictments does it take for [Don] Siegelman to stop running for AL GOV?"


Blogger Jeff said...

Siegelman will drop out when they pry his undead fingers off the barrel -- no, wait, when his campaign has diluted the Dem vote enough for Riley to beat Lucy Baxley, yeah, that's it!

I still say the people around him stroked his ego into believing he could win, and at some point, there came a deal to help Riley/business interests defeat Baxley. Not a tinfoil hat theory, just the way business/politics gets done.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Interesting hypothesis. I'm not sure how Siegelman's attacks on Riley over hunting and property tax revaluations and tax holidays would factor into it, though.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I was in the running for a job with the last Siegelman re-election campaign.

The impression I got from the people I talked with, before, during, and after, was that it was the string-pullers around Don who were the most gung-ho to stay in power. Siegelman himself didn't seem to be trying overly hard.

Anyway, that's the idea, that Don's being stroked (partly) into trying for Gov. one more time.

9:00 AM  

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