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Author: Rob Holbert

Hillyer on ‘Mad Jones’

If you read the words “Quin Hillyer” and “Jones” together in a sentence right now, you’d probably assume the well-known political pundit and essayist was pontificating on the upcoming senatorial clash between Roy Moore and Doug Jones. But these days, Hillyer is concentrating a bit more on a Jones of his own creation — “Mad Jones, Heretic.” “Mad Jones” is Hillyer’s first work of fiction, and it has been recently published and is now available to the public. In the satirical novel, Hillyer invents a modern-day Martin Luther who posts a set of religious theses on Mobile church doors...

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Will council drama leave Fred in charge?

Well, it’s a regular soap opera in Mobile’s City Council these days as our seven protagonists work behind the scenes to determine whether to toss Councilwoman Gina Gregory out of her spot as the group’s president and move her back into the elected official gen-pop. Gregory was voted council president by her peers in 2013, following the retirement of Reggie Copeland. Copeland wielded the gavel with authority, grace and force of personality for 12 years, and Gregory has often suffered in comparison for her “less vocal” leadership style. Still, talk of replacing her came like lightning out of the...

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Does Doug Jones have a shot?

If Russian Twitterbots are any indication of how things will turn out Dec. 12 when Alabama votes to determine who will replace Luther Strange as our junior United States Senator, then the race may be over. Republican nominee Roy Moore’s campaign saw its number of Twitter followers jump from around 27,000 to 40,000 over the weekend, and we’re told the vast majority of that increase came from Russia, with love. Or maybe not so much love. Moore’s campaign immediately distanced itself from the furry-hatted, vodka-swilling bots that joined his team and asked Twitter to bid them dos vedanya —...

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Ain’t it nifty, look who’s 50

It had to happen. There was only one way to stop it, and I didn’t want to go that route. I turned 50 a couple of weeks ago. I know, it’s hard to believe. If I still had my column picture from 15 years ago plastered next to this article you’d be amazed as well. “Gosh, he doesn’t look a day over 35,” is what you’d probably think. Or “Who’s this guy trying to fool?” It’s hard to know what to make of being 50 these days. When I was growing up, 50 was old. Everyone smoked and their...

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The epilogue

The once-towering figure seemed diminished a bit as he shuffled through the front door of the Luv Guv’s new bachelor pad. In a post-election stupor he’d wandered the streets, kicking rocks and bottles while searching for answers to how he’d managed to lose the very seat he coveted more than anything. Almost subconsciously, he found himself at Robert Bentley’s door, knocking and then being invited inside, driven by a strange hope the ex-governor might somehow be able to help him. It felt oh so familiar. “Well, Big Luther! What brings you to my humble abode?” Bentley said, grinning. “I...

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‘Today’s Homeowner’ expanding radio reach

Local home improvement media phenomenon Danny Lipford has seen his weekly radio show explode in the third quarter of this year, nearly doubling the number of stations carrying the two-hour show. “Today’s Homeowner” radio added 100 new stations to its stable in the past 90 days, bringing the total to 240 stations. “The fastest-growing home improvement radio programming in the country, ‘Today’s Homeowner’ is exploding in popularity, adding 100 new stations to its national radio show network in the past 90 days. The weekly syndicated, two-hour ‘Today’s Homeowner’ radio show, hosted by namesake Danny Lipford and co-host Joe Truini, now airs...

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Shunnarah firm pays AMG, ending lawsuit

It didn’t take long for high-profile personal injury attorney Alexander Shunnarah to pony up after the Alabama Media Group filed suit against his firm Sept. 14. As we reported last week, the Shunnarah firm was sued in Mobile County Circuit Court by AMG for more than $270,000 in unpaid advertising fees. AMG is the parent company of al.com and the Mobile Press-Register and is owned by Newhouse Corp. According to Shunnarah & Associates LLP managing partner James T. Laura Jr., the debt was paid on the afternoon of Sept. 18. A stipulation of dismissal with prejudice was eventually signed by AMG attorney Joshua Friedman on Sept. 21, ending the legal issues between one of the state’s largest media companies and a man whose face seems to grace close to half the billboards in Alabama. A glowing 2015 al.com article about Shunnarah’s success said the firm had more than 2,000 billboards bearing the attorney’s smiling visage, along with “thousands of television spots each month.” The firm also has run a prolific amount of digital advertising with al.com, according to documents included in AMG’s suit against Shunnarah. Laura pointed out the transfer was made prior to an article about the lawsuit running in Lagniappe’s Sept. 21 issue, and publication online at www.lagniappemobile.com on Sept. 20. However, Lagniappe did contact Shunnarah’s Mobile office on Sept. 18 — a full day before the paper’s deadline...

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