Four of the justices who served on the Alabama Supreme Court with former Chief Justice Roy Moore are among 10 bipartisan former and current justices who have signed a letter endorsing Moore's opponent in the Nov. 6 chief justice election.
Moore's opponent in the chief justice race, Democrat Bob Vance, held a news conference Tuesday in front of the Alabama Judicial Building to release the letter.
As this long election comes to end, Superstorm Sandy is offering a chance for President Obama to showcase his leadership skills one last time.
For Obama, this campaign has truly been a fight against the elements: a painfully slow economic recovery and a political landscape in which the Republicans swept the table just two years ago. The Obama campaign, with its trademark discipline and meticulous organization, set out to overcome these obstacles.
But the long campaign has also put the spotlight on features of Obama's own personality and performance.
The Alabama Supreme Court has pared down a lawsuit filed by five correctional officers against Alabama prison officials.
The officers claimed in the lawsuit filed in 2010 that the Department of Corrections had violated its own regulations concerning overtime pay, how officers were allowed to use earned leave and in the way officers were paid a daily subsistence allowance.
The Army Corps of Engineers says it will release more water from Lake Lanier and West Point Lake because of drought conditions in Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
Weather forecasts aren't predicting rain in the region over the next two weeks, and more water is needed at Lake Seminole and Walter F. George. So the corps will release additional water from the northern reservoirs to make up the water flow lost due to the lack of rain.
Alabama voters can bend the straight ticket on Nov. 6.
Alabama's deputy secretary of state, Emily Thompson, said state law allows a voter to mark a straight-ticket ballot for one party and then go down the ballot and vote for candidates of the other party. Thompson says there is no limit on how many candidates can be marked in the other party, and the ballot will still be counted.
Alabama Education Association is urging citizens to vote no on Amendment 4, which would remove language from Alabama's constitution providing for separate schools by race and for poll taxes.
AEA is fighting the proposed constitutional amendment because it restates language added to the constitution in 1956 to inhibit school integration. That language says there is no right to a public education in Alabama.
Two states, Oregon and Washington, have legalized physician-assisted suicide through voter-approved ballot initiatives. Massachusetts will become the third if voters approve the so-called Death With Dignity ballot question. The measure would let terminally ill patients with six months or less to live get a lethal prescription. The outcome of that vote could change the landscape for legalized suicide nationwide.
Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:02 pm
No matter who wins the election on Nov. 6, official Washington will have to deal with something called the "fiscal cliff" before the end of the year.
What's coming is a perfect storm of expiring tax cuts, scheduled budget cuts, and various other spending changes scheduled to take place Jan. 1 unless Congress and President Obama (who no matter what will still be president until next Jan. 20) agree on a way to avert them.
Neither presidential candidate mentioned climate change during their three debates — in fact, the issue is nearly absent from the entire campaign. That's because the issue poses challenges for each candidate.