And with no primary opponent to worry about, President Obama's campaign had nearly a full year's head start for fundraising over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But as NPR's S.V. Date reports, the president's advantage is rapidly disappearing.
Talladega, AL – The starter's flag has already dropped to signal the beginning of this year's race for the White House. We used the imagery of a starters flag since the world of politics and NASCAR will meet here in Alabama on Saturday. A conservative political organization will be at Talladega this weekend to persuade fans to vote. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Ned Ryun, the founder and President of American Majority, to talk about the effort.
Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez talks with APR reporter Stan Ingold about last night's Republican rally in Birmingham ahead of Alabama's primary election. Stan spent the day at the event, attended by candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Ryan and Stan discuss all four of the GOP presidential candidates and what Alabama's primary could mean for the parties eventual nominee.
Birmingham, Alabama – Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin talks with APR reporter Stan Ingold about last night's Republican rally in Birmingham ahead of Alabama's primary election. Stan spent the day at the event, which featured comments by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, and supporters of Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Republican Presidential contender Rick Santorum stopped by Tuscaloosa ahead of Tuesday's primary election in Alabama, and Mississippi. The former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator pressed the flesh at Dreamland Bar-B-que, as voters prepared to head the polls. Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins reports...
Spanish Fort, AL – Construction is slated to begin on Alabama's first state veteran's cemetery this Friday. The groundbreaking ceremony comes just a little more than a month after the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs approved a $7 million grant for the project. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Colonel Bill Callendar. He's the Cemetery Committee Chairman with the South Alabama Veterans Council and says finding out about the grant approval was welcome news to council members.
Tuscaloosa, AL – Today is Election Day, and Alabama Public Radio will be with you tonight as the returns come in. We've been looking at the four constitutional amendments up for a vote, and we end with a look at Amendment Two. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez talked with Shannon Bridgmon, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville to break down Amendment Two. She explains it could make it easier to change local taxes to raise money for education.
Tuscaloosa AL – There are four constitutional amendments to be decided by voters on Tuesday (11-2). Amendment 3 calls for taking a billion dollars from the Alabama Trust Fund to pay for improvements to roads and bridges across the state. APR's Brett Tannehill reports the measure has stirred strong reactions about whether the plan is worth it ...
Tuscaloosa, AL – Election day is just around the corner, and Alabama Public Radio will be with you as the returns come in Tuesday night. Between non and then, we'll be looking at some of the items on the ballot. There are four constitutional amendments up for a vote, and today (10-29-10)-we'll look at Amendment One. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez sat down Gary Hoover, a professor of economics at the University of Alabama to decipher Amendment One and to talk about what it aims to change.
Tuscaloosa, AL – A panel of University of Alabama students watched last week's gubernatorial debate that took place on campus. These undecided voters also took part in a television special to share their views on the debate and the race for governor that will re-air this weekend. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez had a chance to speak with two of the voters Wade Houston and Sydney Page about the reactions to the debate.
Orme TN – We've been taking an in-depth look at the water dispute between Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Our series concludes with a warning from the tiny town of Orme (Orm), Tennessee, just across from the North Eastern Alabama border. The town ran out of water two years ago. And as Georgia Public Broadcasting's John Sepulvado reports, the residents say it's a sign of bigger water problems for the Southeast ...