December 9, 2010 RSS feed / Editorial

Inside the Statehouse

Is Alabama Democratic Party dead?

Gov. Bob Riley has called a Special Session of the Legislature to pass ethics reform legislation. More...

C’ville was only precinct in Clarke County rejecting immediate secession in 1860

Statewide vote was held on Christmas Eve

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War will be observed starting next year. We are doing monthly reviews of The Democrat from 1860-65. We’ve started in 1860 so we can record the buildup to war. More...

GOP or Opportunists?

The other week we wrote about the Opportunist Party—politicians who blow and sway in the wind and belong to whatever political party presents the best opportunity for them. More...

Ethics reform

Gov. Bob Riley is so intent that Alabama’s shoddy ethics laws will be changed on his watch that he is calling a special session, that began Wednesday, to get it done. More...

War Eagle!

The editor is an Alabama fan and an Alabama grad but we are tickled at Auburn University’s good fortune this year and hope the Tigers can go all the way and win their first ever national championship against the Oregon Ducks in the BSC Champio More...

From the Nethermost

The Maasai, Kwanzaa and Grove Hill

Neighbors that I encountered in the post office during late October and early November greeted me warmly. “Where have you been?” they asked. “Africa,” was my answer. More...

Congress Reports

Reversal on Gulf oil drilling

Months after the permanent closure of the blownout BP oil well and the administration’s lifting of its summerlong deep water drilling moratorium, President Obama has changed his tune on drilling elsewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. More...