Tag Archives: Alabama Constitution

Why Birmingham’s government is so screwed up

The primary objective of ComebackTown is to create a conversation on a “better Birmingham.” We often talk about what’s great about our metro, but we also want to identify our shortcomings so we can begin to propose solutions. Many are … Continue reading

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How 155 white guys are ruining Alabama

  Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on better government for our region. Today’s guest blogger is John Northrop. If Birmingham is a “comeback town,” what do we want to come back to? Surely not … Continue reading

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Is John Rogers a nut?

“We’re going to fix it where they can’t get permission to go to the bathroom.”   This is State Representative John Roger’s warning to Jefferson County Commissioners in retaliation for their decision to discontinue in patient services at Cooper Green. I’ve … Continue reading

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We’re a bunch of goof balls for allowing government like ours

(The Jefferson County Commission decided to close in patient services at Cooper Green Hospital .  This post is about the awful government structure that created this kind of problem in the first place) The headlines of the Birmingham New on … Continue reading

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Let’s blame Jim Carns for our occupational tax disaster

Let’s blame Jim Carns for our occupational tax disaster. Or how about other local House members who voted to pull the tax bill– Reps. Mary Sue McClurkin, Mary Moore, Arthur Payne, or Elwyn Thomas.

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In Alabama, a county that fell off the financial cliff

February 19, 2012 Everyone from Birmingham should read this this piece from the New York Times:  “In Alabama, a County that fell off the Financial Cliff.” As the article states, government structure, as usual, created this mess.

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How can one document create so much havoc?

  My good friend, Michael Calvert, likes to remind me the Alabama Constitution is the only one in the world that contains the words “pick up truck.” And it has a lot more words—340,136 to be exact—12 times longer than … Continue reading

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