OnPolitix – Alabama

Fun with voting, part 2

November 17th, 2012 at 3:23 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Politics, OnPolitix, OnPolitix - Alabama, OnPolitix - Campaign Curiosities, Uncategorized

Back on Election Day, I told you about the problem I had when I went to vote..

I’m just glad I didn’t need my voter registration card, which arrived in the mail on Friday, November 16.

Now, I can’t blame the Postal Service for late delivery, because the postage wasn’t printed on the card until November 15.  Take a look for yourself…


Cloudy forecast for higher education?

November 9th, 2012 at 3:56 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Politics, OnPolitix, OnPolitix - Alabama, OnPolitix - Florida, Uncategorized

I was talking to a college administrator this week and asked him to look into his crystal ball to predict the future of American higher education, post-election.

It became a lesson on the ”lesser of two evils”.

The Republicans, he told me, tend to favor “for profit” institutions, which most liberal arts schools are not.

The Democrats, he said, would like to see an expansion of the two-year community college system, which would impact the enrollment (and cash flow) of four-year traditional institutions.

With research showing that 1 in 5 households faces student loan debt, can graduates of 4 year schools pay off their ever growing debt while earning entry-level salaries–providing they can find work at all?


“You say I already voted?”

November 6th, 2012 at 2:04 pm by under FOX10 News, OnPolitix, OnPolitix - Alabama, OnPolitix - Campaign Curiosities, Uncategorized

I got a shock when I handed over my driver’s license to election officials this morning, only to find out I had already voted.

Except I hadn’t.

My wife did vote by absentee ballot and someone working for the court wrote the information for my wife, next to my name.

That’s when was sent to the corner to enter the World of the Provisional Ballot.

I had to give information dating back to where I was born (I was tempted to write “next to my mother”, but didn’t), when I was born, etc., then seal that in an envelope, and seal that envelope in another envelope before inserting my now, double-sealed ballot in a yellow cardboard box with a slit in the side.

But at least I did get a lot of personal attention and an “I Voted!” sticker.

 


Notes from London – Reception at Whitehall

July 9th, 2012 at 10:40 am by under FOX10 News, OnPolitix - Alabama, OnPolitix - Florida

The Sunday reception at Whitehall was a great place to network in a relaxed setting.

I can’t imagine another occasion where I could have had a one-on-one conversation with Florida Governor Rick Scott for 10 minutes (I found out his wife comes from Mobile).

I sat and talked with former Alabama Governor Bob Riley (who said he feels fine after his motorcycle wreck in Alaska).

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward thought it was important to make the trip to London–spent a good deal of time speaking with him. Also talked with Mobile Mayor Sam Jones and County Commissioners Connie Hudson of Mobile and Tucker Dorsey of Baldwin.

I also discovered that Congressman Jo Bonner is a pretty fine photographer. :)

On a crowded train to Farnborough now, ready for the first day of the International Air Show.


Airbus celebration in Mobile!

July 2nd, 2012 at 11:39 am by under FOX10 News, OnPolitix - Alabama, Uncategorized

Former Ala. gubernatorial candidate donated sperm to lesbian couples

December 13th, 2011 at 3:59 pm by under OnPolitix, OnPolitix - Alabama, OnPolitix - Campaign Curiosities

A former Alabama gubernatorial candidate and staunch opponent of gay marriage has reportedly been donating sperm to women in New Zealand–some of whom were lesbian couples.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Bill Johnson, a conservative Republican who unsuccessfully campaigned for the governor’s spot in 2010, used an online alias, advertising his “services” to couples who were unable to conceive on their own.

Johnson allegedly met with at least 9 women who received sperm donations from him, 3 of whom are now pregnant. At least one of those couples were lesbian couples.

“When I married (my wife) I knew we couldn’t have any more children,” Johnson told the Herald, acknowledging that he donated sperm because “having children of my own was a need that I have.”

The Birmingham native has been in Christchurch, New Zealand since this spring, helping with earthquake relief efforts.

The newspaper says it spoke with Johnson while he was dining with one of the women he helped impregnate, saying “There is nothing my wife would want to give me more in the world than a child of my own.” The couple, who have been married 8 years, are unable to have their own children because Johnson’s wife, Kathy, has had a hysterectomy.

Kathy Johnson, a former two-time Miss Alabama and Miss America Finalist, was not as supportive of her husband’s decision, telling the paper “My heart is broken.”

“He assured me I was everything he wanted and my children would be his,” she told the paper.

Kathy Johnson has three children from a previous marriage.

“My heart is broken,” she said. “I have no idea what life holds for us in the coming days.”

When Johnson was asked whether his wife knew about the sperm donations, Johnson replied simple: “she does now.”

After the initial story broke, Johnson claims the paper used unethical and illegal tactics, including phone and internet hacking. The paper claims it received an “anonymous” tip via email.

The two Johnson’s both have long histories working in state government and charity organizations.

Bill was a former Birmingham City Councilman, director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and an education advocate for the company Ceres Environmental, who is helping rebuild Christchurch and Haiti after devastating quakes there.

His wife, along with her pageant career, has directed organizations including The Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen pregnancy, Children First Foundation and the Alabama Broadband Initiative, as well as working for the state finance department as a public affairs director.

One lesbian couple, who are now pregnant, said that Johnson gave them permission to come forward with their story. Johnson did not respond directly whether his feelings on gay marriage had changed or whether he felt same-sex couples should be allowed to raise children.

The paper also asserts Johnson could face trouble in New Zealand, as state law only allows one donor to provide sperm to no more than 4 families. It is also unclear whether Johnson followed that countries guidelines on private-party assisted pregnancy.


Former governor’s fate up to a three-ring-binder?

November 3rd, 2011 at 4:03 pm by under OnPolitix, OnPolitix - Alabama
Don Siegelman

Don Siegelman

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has postponed a seven-year sentence for three years, only serving 9 months in a federal prison.

Why? Because the 11th Circuit Appeals court says that not is all as it may have seemed in his 2006 corruption trial.

Siegelman’s lawyers are back, after successfully having some charges dropped in a 2009 appeals hearing. This time, Siegelman says that one of the key witnesses in his case, aide Nick Bailey, was coached by federal prosecutors. (more…)