THE LAW

Mobile BayFest Cleaned Up by Prison Labor With No Safety Equipment

Dear Editor: by David Underhill MOBILE, Ala. — When BayFest relinquished the downtown streets, I could reach the main post office again. But I paused at the entrance to study the scene in the vacant block across the street. Workers were dismantling the stage and other remnants of the BayFest venue which had filled that…

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…

Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power

In a new book, author Craig Unger examines the return of Karl Rove, the man who masterminded the rise of George W. Bush from governor of Texas to a two-term presidency, who advised Bush during two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who was at the center of two of the biggest scandals of the…

Reacting to Alabama’s Discriminatory Immigration Law, Obama Administration Forms New Civil Rights Unit

by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM — In reaction to the Alabama Republicans’ discriminatory and unconstitutional new immigration law, most of which was stuck down the federal appeals court in Atlanta Monday and found to foster widespread discrimination against legally born Hispanic American citizens, mainly children, the Obama administration has formed a special Civil Rights Enforcement Unit…

Don Siegelman Apologizes to Alabama in Fox News Interview

Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman apologized to Alabama for his bribery conviction in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News last night. “I would like to apologize to the people of Alabama for the embarrassment that this has caused them, and of course to my family. This…

Senate Readies for Symbolic Showdown on Tax Cuts

You Can Urge Your Senators to End the Bush Tax Cuts for the Richest 2 Percent by Glynn Wilson The Senate is bracing for a tax-cut showdown that is “all about Democrats and Republicans showing voters their differences over taxing the well-off while accusing each other of threatening to shove the government over a fiscal…

The People’s Indictment of Karl Rove

On June 20, 2012, Nick Nyhart, CEO and President of Public Campaign, Joan Mandle, Executive Director of Democracy Matters, Tracy Leatherberry of Common Cause and others delivered a people’s indictment for crimes against our democracy to Karl Rove, American Crossroads, and Crossroads GPS. Detailing an attempt to subvert and sell our democracy, the indictment was…

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Health Care Law

ANALYSIS by Glynn Wilson The United States Supreme Court surprised media organizations and pundits of all stripes on Thursday by upholding the constitutionality of the first ever law regulating the health care industry in the country’s storied history, including the individual mandate conservatives were sure the court would strike down. (Read the full decision here…

Karl Rove Lies on Fox News Again, and Again

Why would Karl Rove lie so blatantly on Fox News about the Siegelman case when the question was about his political organization? Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com There is no way this right-wing Republican political organization, American Crossroads, which is spending millions of dollars to try to defeat President Barack Obama in the 2012…

Alabama Oil and Gas Lease Sale Delayed Due to ‘Widespread Protest’

by Glynn Wilson After high level talks in Washington, D.C. between environmental legal advocates in consultation with the U.S. Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management has decided to delay pending oil and gas leases in Alabama national forests “in the face of widespread protest there,” according to the Washington…

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Siegelman Appeal

by Glynn Wilson It comes as no great shock that the United States Supreme Court refused to wade into the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and his co-defendant, HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy. The high court is made up of a majority of activist conservative justices appointed by Republican presidents, and there are no…