Alabama

Romney, Gingrich, Santorum in a battle for the South

Romney, Gingrich, Santorum in a battle for the South

Mitt Romney is working to seal his status as the Republican presidential front-runner with a thus-far-elusive victory in the Deep South. Closely fought primaries in Alabama and Mississippi offer the former Massachusetts governor a key opportunity in a region that has been slow to embrace him. Tuesday’s primaries are also poised to render a possible […]

Romney’s Southern act: That dog won’t hunt

Romney’s Southern act: That dog won’t hunt

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — a child of privilege raised in the shielded confines of wealth far from the poverty and working class lifestyles of many Southerners — now feels that saying y’all” and chowing down on grits will somehow make him palatable south of the Mason-Dixon line. There’s an old Southern saying: “That […]

Voters reject Tea Party candidate in Alabama

Voters reject Tea Party candidate in Alabama

A mainstream Republican rolled past a tea party activist Tuesday in the GOP runoff for a southeast Alabama congressional seat that Republicans hope to reclaim. Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby was drawing 60 percent in the unofficial count in the 2nd Congressional District GOP runoff Tuesday against Rick Barber, a former Marine who operates a […]

BP claims progress; Gulf waits and hopes

BP claims progress; Gulf waits and hopes

Underwater robots steadily assembled heavy metal pieces Monday as BP prepared to install a tighter cap over its busted well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, offering hopeful signs that it could soon bring the gusher under control. The oil giant said it was ahead of its schedule to get the new, better […]

Duck and cover: Barton goes into hiding

Duck and cover: Barton goes into hiding

If you called the Washington office of Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton Friday, all you got was a recording saying the office was closed. The Congressman who created a national uproar and embarrassment wasn’t taking calls. Neither was anyone else on his staff although press secretary Sean Brown said in an email that aides were […]

Gulf Coasters aren’t buying Obama’s side show

Gulf Coasters aren’t buying Obama’s side show

President Barack Obama promised that life would return to normal for people living on the stricken Gulf Coast, and BP said by the end of the month it would contain more than three times as much oil spewing from a ruptured undersea well. The pledges didn’t placate some residents. “I think that as long as […]

BP claims progress in capping oil-spewing well

BP claims progress in capping oil-spewing well

BP appeared to make progress early Saturday in capping the worst oil spill in US history, but President Barack Obama warned the British energy giant not to shortchange victims of the disaster. BP offered the first positive signs since the massive oil leak began April 20, placing a cap on a ruptured pipe, which appeared […]

BP screws up another attempt to stop massive oil spill

BP screws up another attempt to stop massive oil spill

BP fumbled its latest underwater experiment with the wild Gulf gusher — just like every other endeavor the company has tried to fix the nation’s worst oil spill and BP’s chief executive said the company wasn’t fully prepared for the disaster. First, a 100-ton, four-story box couldn’t contain the spill because icelike crystals clogged the […]

The hyprocrisy of Congressional pork

The hyprocrisy of Congressional pork

It’s early on a Monday in north Alabama’s “space city,” and Sen. Richard Shelby is bashing Washington at a packed town hall meeting in the cavernous U.S. Space and Rocket Center. “We’re spending a lot of money that we don’t have,” the veteran Republican tells hundreds of business leaders, many nodding in agreement over bacon […]