Elections 2012

Paddy Power Pays Out on President Obama Winning a Second Term

DUBLIN, Ireland — With still more than two days to go before America votes, Europe’s largest betting company Paddy Power is paying out to punters who backed President Obama to win the U.S. election. Despite the national polls showing voters remain largely undecided with nothing more than a sheet of ballot paper between the two…

Amendment 4 Violates State’s Responsibility for Public Education

By Dr. Gerald W. Johnson, Auburn Professor Emeritus of Political Science/ Special to the News-Journal – MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number one responsibility of the state and the number one priority of our citizenry is public education. Amend. 4 on the November ballot violates both of these. Amend. 4 states: Nothing in this Constitution shall…

Professor Wayne Flynt Says Vote ‘No’ on Amendment 4

By Wayne Flynt/ Special to the News-Journal – AUBURN, Ala. — Have you ever listened to a conversation between two friends about a complicated issue? Because you find some truth in both arguments, you change back and forth as each makes his case. My not overly educated (at least in the formal sense) but very…

UA Local 91 Recommends Candidates for Office in the Nov. 6 Election

UA Local 91, the oldest union in Birmingham, Alabama, made up of plumbers, pipefitters and service technicians with major contracts with Alabama Power and UAB, issued its recommended list of candidates for public office on Wednesday. The union endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for President of the United States. The union also recommends the Democrat for…

Alabama AFL-CIO Urges ‘No’ Vote on Amendment Seven on Nov. 6

by Glynn Wilson Amendment 7 on Alabama’s ballot looks like a simple measure to preserve the right to a secret ballot. But the wording is misleading and, “it puts voters in the middle of the battle between labor and management,” said AFL-CIO President Al Henley. He said the amendment, written by Republicans in their ongoing…

Obama Administration Designates U.S. Attorneys to Oversee Complaints of Election Abuse, Fraud or Discrimination

by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Obama administration’s legal eagles will be watching to make sure elections in Alabama are conducted fairly. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Pat Meadows and Ramona Albin will lead efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with the Department of Justice’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 6…

Americans Trust President Obama Over Romney to Conduct Foreign Policy

The theme of Monday night’s third and final presidential debate is Foreign affairs, one of President Barack Obama’s stronger issue areas in the campaign of 2012, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. Americans chose Mr. Obama over Republican Mitt Romney by 53 percent to 41 percent as the candidate better able to…

Republican Attorney General Censors Alabama Public Television?

Memo Gets ‘Forever Wild’ Show Bumped on Eve of Vote Glynn Wilson Little River Falls near Fort Payne, Alabama by Glynn Wilson Is Alabama’s Republican Attorney General Luther Strange condoning censorship in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United vs. FEC decision? When voters go to the polls on Nov. 6 to vote…

Penny Bailey Campaigns for Congress on Birmingham’s Southside

Glynn Wilson Penny Bailey of Leeds is running for Congress as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Spencer Bachus in Alabama’s Sixth District. Bachus was exposed on 60 Minutes for insider trading, using his position as head of the House Committee on Financial Services to cash in on stock information to enrich himself. He was also…

Obama Wins Second Debate With Romney

Progressive Democrats in Alabama gathered Tuesday night at the Bottle Tree Cafe on Birmingham’s Southside to watch the second debate between President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Mormon Mitt Romney. After all the shouting was over they concluded that Obama won the debate, performing much more presidential than he did in the first debate moderated by…

Paddy Power Calls Debate and Election for President Obama

The odds on the Presidential race in the United States got shorter tonight with the odds tipping even further in President Barack Obama’s favor of winning a second term in the White House. Paddy Power, Europe’s largest betting company, changed the odds on Obama’s reelection from 1/2 to 4/11 following his performance in the second…

Lawrence Lessig on How the Koch Brothers Buy Democracy

The Koch brothers are buying our democracy, according to Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig in film “The Koch Brothers Exposed,” getting Republicans elected and buying their votes on public policy issues cheap, preventing environmental rules from being set and other damaging results contrary to government “by the people.” Lessig breaks down how the Kochs…