Author: Rob Holbert

Don’t buy into ‘Same Jones’

Perhaps one of the more interesting parts of former mayor Sam Jones’ announcement last week that he’s running to get his old job back was the conversation Greater Nazaree Baptist Church Pastor James Parrish relayed to build excitement for his candidate. In the conversation, a friend quizzed the pastor about his support for a second Jones tenure in City Hall. “I told him Sam Jones would improve our parks and recreation facilities for all communities. He said, ‘How do you know?’ He did it before. I told him Sam Jones would strengthen and develop his infrastructure and make sure...

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‘Dad Bods’ and ‘Dad Jokes’ on Father’s Day

It’s not easy being a dad these days. Everywhere you look there are references to the “Dad Bod” or “Dad Jokes.” Watch a commercial or sitcom and dad is the idiot who can’t figure out anything, then stands there smiling sheepishly as some snot-nosed kid or smug wife shows him how to screw in a light bulb or properly spread mustard on his sandwich. The days of “Father Knows Best” are long gone. In all the ‘50s sitcoms everyone expected Dad to be able to fix all of their problems. Often good ol’ Dad would let everyone struggle a...

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Call News publisher running for public office

While most newspapers across the country would scoff at the idea of a publisher, editor or reporter holding public office, Citronelle Call News Publisher Willie Gray recently announced his plans to run for Alabama’s House District 102 seat next year. In an article released in May’s AlaPressa, the Alabama Press Association newsletter, Gray says running for public office is “where the Lord wanted us to go.” He aims to be elected to the seat currently held by Jack Williams, who has announced his intentions to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Rusty Glover. And while Gray’s political...

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Wonder if Sessions would like a do-over?

Watching Jeff Sessions walk out on that stage at Ladd-Peebles Stadium last August sporting an oversized “Make America Great Again” ball cap to offer his endorsement of Donald Trump for president is still one of the more memorable moments in the most bizarre presidential season ever. Even then political observers felt strongly that if The Donald won, Mobile’s homeboy would likely end up as U.S. Attorney General — a very big IF at the time. But Sessions put his money on the right horse and after an improbable election win and a bruising confirmation hearing — during which just...

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Helpful advice for the Jones Campaign

Over the past few days I’ve been sent a few pictures of Facebook posts showing former Mobile Mayor Sam Jones sitting at a big conference table with some of his confidants and a bowl full of Starlight mints. The gist of the posts is that Silent Sam is coming back to take over as mayor. And that, folks, is about as much actual campaigning as we’ve seen from Jones. For months and months he’s hung it out there that he is going to challenge Sandy Stimpson for the mayor’s seat this summer, but so far Jones hasn’t done anything...

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