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The Southern Democrat, April 18, 1979

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‘A pretty Republican state’

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There are dramatic differences between our congressional delegation of the 1940s to 1960s and our group on the Potomac today. Obviously, their partisan badges have changed, as have Alabamians. There is also a tremendous difference in power and seniority of that era versus today’s group. That bygone era of Alabama congressmen were very progressive New Deal Democrats; whereas, our delegation […]

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The Southern Democrat, April 7, 1960

Businesses open The official opening of Foodlane, a new Oneonta supermarket, opened this week, as did Jane’s Shoes and Accessories. Foodlane’s ad offered special prices – Bush’s Beans, assorted varieties 6 cans for $ .49 Bacon, 3 lbs. $ .99 4lb carton Pure Lard $ .10 Royal Cup coffee $. 49 lb. Bama grape jelly 20 oz. tumbler, $.29 Cleveland […]

‘A pretty Republican state’

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Republicans took control of federal offices and presidential races in 1964 in Alabama. It was referred to as the Goldwater Landslide. The Baxley-Graddick fiasco in 1986 was the game changer for governor. In the last 32 years there have been eight governor’s races. Republicans have won all of them, with one exception. Don Siegelman was an interloper in 1998. During […]

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The Southern Democrat, April 2, 1986

Gubernatorial candidates visit county Fob James drew a large and diverse crowd of countians at a political breakfast here last week. (photo) He is shown talking with Navy retiree Q.P. Ratchford while Oneonta councilman Bob Whitlock, hospital board chariman Ed Phillips, Oneonta resident Lyvoye Galbreath, former Blountsville policeman and county commissioner Pete Copeland, and retired Central Bank executive Grady NeSmith […]

Statewide rundown for 2018

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Every constitutional statewide office is up for election this year. Just like the governor’s office you can serve two consecutive four-year terms and then you are through. Kay Ivey would have been term limited as lieutenant governor. She could not have run again for that post even though she ascended to governor last year. Young Boozer has served two four-year […]

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The Southern Democrat, March 28, 1935

CIRCUIT COURT CONVENES MONDAY, APRIL 1ST Circuit Court will convene here Monday, April 1st. It has not been decided which judge will preside yet. The work of remodeling the court house is being rushed in order to have everything in readiness for the opening of this term of the court. This session will be devoted to the trial of jury […]

The governor’s race has begun

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When talk turns to politics in Alabama, it usually leads to the governor’s race. In Alabama politics the governor’s office is the brass ring. It is talked about more than anything else around coffee clubs and kitchen tables from Sand Mountain to the Wiregrass. It is comparable to college football being the king of all sports in Alabama. This infatuation […]

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The Blount Countian, March 20, 2013

Widespread damage after storm Monday afternoon’s storm left trees down, wires hanging, roof damage, mobile homes destroyed and power outages all across the Blount County area. At one point, EMA director Max Armstrong said dispatch had 90 open calls. “For now, it seems this was all straight-line winds, nothing, so far, has indicated any rotation,” Armstrong said. “It appeared that […]


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