There are a good many stories about elections of the 1940s and '50s where votes were bought and elections stolen. The most brazen and blatant stealing of an election occurred in the 1948 race for the U.S. Senate in Texas. The players were Coke Stevenson versus Lyndon B. Johnson. Therefore, it can also be classified as one of the most relevant robberies in American history because if Johnson had lost, as he was supposed to, it would have dramatically impacted U.S. history.
This week is National School Choice Week. Fittingly, it comes the week before the Alabama Legislature goes back into session and resumes the process of dismantling public education in the state.
Among the many things we lost when the Mobile daily newspapers were shut down (don’t get me started on that), we lost the frequent articles by naturalist-gardener-horticulturist-scientist Bill Finch, who carried readers through the seasons with style, grace and a lot of good information about plants and planting.
As discussed last week, several of the headline Alabama news stories of 2015 may also be the blockbusters of 2016. The Mike Hubbard trial and the decision of the federal courts on Alabama’s legislative district lines will be determined in the first half of this year.
A hand-drawn map hanging on the wall of the Leader office drew the attention of several members of the current Leadership Alabama class during the group’s annual visit last Thursday. The map is a birds-eye view of downtown Roanoke, with each building labeled with the business that existed there in 1960.
A good many of the news stories that were the most noteworthy events of 2015 will continue into this new year of 2016 and may repeat as the major headlines of this year.