Author: Rob Holbert

Trumped up charges against Wilson in Fairhope?

Just when it seemed like things in Fairhope were starting to smooth out a bit, now people in the Single Tax Colony are dealing with stories about the city’s human resources director filing a civil complaint against the city and a police report against Mayor Karin Wilson. Those days when golf carts and tree lights were the city’s headier debates seem like a million years ago. Saying things have been tumultuous since Wilson took office last November would be an understatement. That’s not to say Wilson has been the cause of all the tumult, but city politics have at...

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Fake news played large in Luther’s ad

Regular readers of this column may have noticed by now that I have some serious issues with former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s attempt to become the duly elected U.S. Senator representing this state in Congress. Specifically, I think it’s pretty clear “Big Luther” went over to meet Gov. Robert Bentley and ask the Luv Guv to appoint him senator at the very same time his office was investigating our lovesick chief executive. On almost every planet in the known universe what Strange did is unethical and politically smells like a dead skunk. So I’ve come to feel like...

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Stimpson campaign blasts WKRG pot coverage

WKRG viewers Monday night caught a top story saying Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson was sponsoring an ordinance that would “decriminalize” second-degree marijuana possession, as well as a number of other minor offenses. By Tuesday morning the mayor’s campaign had issued a press release criticizing the station’s coverage of the proposal and essentially labeling it an attempt to gain viewers and web clicks at the cost of accuracy. “Yesterday afternoon, WKRG ran a misleading headline suggesting Mayor Stimpson was seeking to ‘decriminalize’ marijuana. It’s disappointing that WKRG is more concerned with producing click-bait than accurate news,” the press release read....

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Stable of politicos make up state, local horse races

With a special election for Alabama’s “junior” United States Senate seat, as well as Mobile’s own municipal elections, both looming in August, the political jockeying is beginning in earnest. Maybe that’s fitting as we’re in the middle of horse racing’s Triple Crown season and it’s a well-worn analogy to compare political races to those involving expensive, pampered equine ridden by tiny people in weird outfits. To carry the analogy one hooved step forward, politicians are often said to be full of the stuff horse owners get to shovel out of their stalls every day. So we have some horse...

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The Sound and the fury

The Mississippi Sound was uncharacteristically angry when I visited my parents last weekend. The shallow, muddy body of water I grew up on definitely spends more time smooth as a polished diamond than it does imitating its bigger, deeper and more intimidating relatives. But this past weekend it was as worked up as I’ve ever seen it without a named storm pushing the issue. Honestly, I would rather have had crystal-blue skies and skillet-flat water broken only by redfish tails and shrimp than the 40-mph maelstrom and banging surf, but bad weather is definitely the better show. My son,...

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