I knew there was a reason I never took it off my blogroll. Head over and welcome Dan back to the blogosphere.
UPDATE: Geez, I have whiplash! Dan has decided to blog at Flashpoint instead.
I love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning. From the Montgomery Independent:
A federal grand jury met in Montgomery last week and according to sources close to the investigation heard testimony from a number of witnesses in what appears to be an investigation of Alabama Attorney General Troy King. King, questioned Monday, denies any knowledge of the investigation.
The Montgomery Independent has learned from multiple sources that the grand jury met from Monday through Thursday last week at the Federal Courthouse in Montgomery. Highly placed sources say the investigation was being conducted by Alice Martin, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and two assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Birmingham office, Matt Hart and Tamarra Matthews Johnson.
The entire U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District, in Montgomery, including U.S. Attorney Leura Canary, has recused itself, according to sources. Neither U.S. Attorney’s Office, in Birmingham nor Montgomery, would confirm the recusal of the Middle District office or offer an explanation why.
When Blues reader Sansou emailed me about the story this morning, I figured it wouldn’t take long for King supporters and others to start making common cause with Siegelman supporters in claiming a political prosecution urged on by Gov. Bob Riley. (Of course, the King supporters will never recognize that’s what they’re doing, because Siegelman is an evil guilty Democrat. ) And sure enough, I was right — here’s comment #4 on Danny’s post:
Looks like further evidence that if you cross riley, as king has on the gambling issue, you end up a target of federal prosecutors.
At the Montgomery Independent, one news analyst had this to say:
A republican investigating a republican? I’m surprised, amazed, and confused. The modern day idol for the republican party, Ronald Reagan said “Thou shall not speak ill of another republican”. Could there be a little division among the ranks? Going to be interesting. For sure, a republican is coming out of this one looking bad.
Maybe Troy Boy shouldn’t have gotten at odds with Billion Dollar Bob! Honest Rob may have called Karl Rove, and had him pull some strings here.
Let the party begin!!!!!
ETA this one from the Birmingham News blog, which illustrates my point below even more clearly (and indicates some serious projection):
New President, new round of political witchhunting. King had the gall to prosecute corrupt Democrats, so he must be targeted by the Obama Administration. Republicans will never learn that they are not allowed to play by the same rule book the Democrats claim as their own.
And, of course, there’s lots of speculation as to why Leura Canary and her entire staff recused themselves, allowing Alice Martin to handle the case. The prevalent theories are (1) Alice thinks bringing down Troy will persuade Obama that she should stay on as US Attorney and (2) Alice wants to run for AG when she loses her US Attorney position.
Ah well. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably repeat it many more times: we have the Bush administration to thank for the air of suspicion surrounding this investigation. It’s going to take years for the Justice Department to recover from the damage done by Gonzales, Goodling, Sampson, et al.
Meanwhile, let’s make some popcorn. Troy’s past record is, um, spotty at best (this is in no way complete, and sadly the link to Dan’s “Troy’s Greatest Hits” no longer works), and a real investigation could get very interesting. Stay tuned.
My first daily read in the blogosphere was Local Tint, and it’s entirely possible that author Susan shares a portion of the blame for my own foray into blogging. Her posting had been sporadic of late, so I’m glad to see that she has fresh inspiration and new digs, Reasonable Words. Update your blogrolls and favorites. Yay!
Sorry to be so absent lately. I started a new job on Friday, and I’m still learning the ropes. Of course, this means you might get more posts from Del, which is always a treat.
I’ll do better soon. Promise.
I do want to note that Dan, formerly of Daily Dixie, has closed up shop. He has been a valuable voice in Alabama politics, as well as a friend and fellow cat lover, and he will be missed. Dan, I hope you rest up and enjoy your independence from the cyber-world.
Today is the three-year blogiversary of the Blues. I forgot all about our two-year, and I nearly let this one slip by as well. Time does indeed fly. When nephew Zach told me back in the summer of 2005 that I needed a blog of my very own, I didn’t dream we’d still be around three years later.
It’s been a great ride, connecting with people across the country, and even a few around the world, meeting other bloggers in real time, learning lots of cool stuff, and making new friends. There’s almost always some political intrigue to chronicle, and, if not, the garden provides good material.
Thanks to my fellow posters Del, Bill, Zach, and Rep. Patricia Todd. Thanks to the bloggers who have invited me to share their space from time to time: Tom and the crew at If I Ran the Zoo, Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog, Melissa and the team at Shakesville, Pam at Pam’s House Blend, and Mooncat and her cohorts at Left In Alabama.
And big virtual hugs to our readers! Without you, we’d only be a tree falling in the forest.
Spaulding, a Durham native, is a bit of a local celebrity these days, recognized in supermarkets and airports by her dirty-blond dreadlocks. And it’s all because of her blog, Pam’s House Blend (pamshouseblend.com), which turns four years old this month. The progressive, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issue-centered blog is also one of the first to acquire press credentials to this year’s Democratic National Convention, which is granting access to bloggers for the first time.
It’s a responsibility Spaulding takes seriously — even if some politicians and mainstream media don’t think a blogger deserves to have it.
“Sometimes, yes, it’s profane, sometimes it’s rude, sometimes it’s not grammatically correct, but the medium is different. It’s fast and loose,” she says. “But that does not mean that the ideas are bankrupt, that the criticism isn’t legitimate.”
Pam’s House Blend has won a number of awards, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from The Monette-Horwitz Trust, for making strides toward the eradication of homophobia; Best LGBT Blog in the 2005 and 2006 Weblog Awards; and accolades from the likes of gay activist Mandy Carter and former Democratic Senate candidate Jim Neal.
It’s not often in this city that you meet a 30-something, single male with an interest in civics and architecture, including economic development, local politics, and old buildings no one has given a second glance in years. There’s at least one man in town who fits this description, someone so dedicated to promoting the positive aspects of life in Birmingham that he quit his day job to run a web site to share his message. That man is André Natta, a forward-thinking individual who some might say Birmingham is lucky to call a resident.
Natta, 32, launched The Terminal (bhamterminal.com) three years ago. It’s a spinoff from his original site, Dré’s Ramblings (dresramblings.com), which he started as a forum for his opinions about local news. Why Natta came to this city and whether he’ll stay is a tale that in many ways reflects Birmingham’s situation—poised for a revitalization but at times barely getting the support it needs to develop any momentum toward that goal. Natta moved here with high hopes for the city and his time here, but the lack of income that comes with hosting a hyper-local blog could turn him into an ex-Birmingham resident.
I certainly hope André doesn’t turn into an ex-resident. We attend the same church, and we were just talking blogging last week.
Congratulations to Pam and André!
Congratulations, Kyle, on this well deserved honor!
On Saturday, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Medill School of Journalism announced the winners of the 13th annual Altweekly Awards at the association’s convention in Philadelphia. Birmingham Weekly’s ‘War on Dumb’ took first place for best political column in the 55,000-and-under circulation division.
The weekly column by staff writer Kyle Whitmire examines political culture in Birmingham and Alabama.
One of the columns submitted was Letter of Our Laws, which detailed Mitt Romney’s Alabama money laundering operation. It’s a must-read for anyone who cares about transparency (or the lack thereof) in campaign funding, and I’ve linked to it and emailed it over and over.
Kudos to Kyle and to the Weekly!
ETA: Hat tip to Blues reader Peggy.