Author: Rob Holbert

Lagniappe takes four awards in Press Association contest

Lagniappe won four awards in the 2017 Alabama Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, which were announced last Friday. Editor and co-publisher Ashley Trice’s “Hidden Agenda” column took first place in the Best Editorial Column or Commentary category for Division C newspapers — the state’s largest weeklies. Rob Holbert took second place in that category as well for “Damn the Torpedoes.” Baldwin County reporter Jane Nicholes was awarded first place in the Best Feature Story Coverage category for her story “Baldwin County Cancer Clusters.” Reporter Jason Johnson’s coverage of the proposed Mobile County soccer complex placed third in the Best...

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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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