by Ben P, Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:19:36 AM EST
by Ben P, Thu Jan 20, 2005 at 01:48:06 PM EST
by Ben P, Tue Jan 18, 2005 at 09:22:25 AM EST
Anyway, on to the issue at hand. Why do I think that liberalism sits uncomfortably with hawkery?
by Chris Bowers, Tue Jan 18, 2005 at 06:31:52 AM EST
Moore read comments by Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor in 1997 that defended his display of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom when he was a state circuit court judge.
Pryor filed the ethics charges after Moore refused to remove the monument.
"God has chosen this time and this place so we can save our country and save our courts for our children," Moore said.Another Alabama conservative: Enter Alabama's Republican Gov. Bob Riley, a staunchly conservative former congressman of the Newt Gingrich school who hosts Bible classes at the state Capitol in Montgomery. Confronted with a $675 million budget deficit, Riley revolted. Cutting that deeply, he feared, would trigger a "catastrophic failure of government" in a state already in the national cellar of per-capita spending for education and other basic services.
But Riley went a lot further than suggesting tax hikes to cover the deficit. He recommended a massive "tax and accountability" plan increasing taxes by $1.2 billion over five years, eight times the largest increase ever before enacted in Alabama. Many of the new funds would be targeted to habitually underfunded and underperforming public schools, accompanied by measures to thin out incompetent teachers and better prepare Alabama residents for a competitive 21st-century economy.
But in the process Riley proposed giving the poor a huge break -- no income taxes at all below $20,000 in income.
"I've spent a lot of time reading the New Testament," said Riley, "and it has three philosophies: Love God, love each other, and take care of the least among you. It is immoral to charge somebody making $5,000 a year an income tax."
Under Riley's proposal, just the top third of income earners, plus corporations and large farm and timber operations, would pay more taxes. The state's lowest-in-the-nation property taxes would rise moderately. Alabama would rise from 50th to 44th in total state and local per-capita taxes.Now, guess which one conservatives in Alabama prefer? MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A new poll shows Roy Moore with a lead over Gov. Bob Riley in the race for the 2006 Republican gubernatorial nomination, a potential boost for the former chief justice should he decide to run for the office.
A Mobile Register-University of South Alabama poll of likely Republican primary voters shows Moore with a lead of 8 percentage points over Riley in a hypothetical primary matchup. Moore drew support from 43 percent of respondents, while the governor garnered 35 percent.
The statewide survey, published Sunday and conducted last Monday through Thursday, included responses from 400 adults who identified themselves as likely voters in the GOP primary. The results are supposed to be accurate to within plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court over his refusal to follow a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments office from the court building, Moore has been traveling the country speaking to conservative organizations and religious groups.
The poll found that Moore had a favorable rating of 72 percent -- a number University of Alabama political scientist William Stewart described as potentially "intimidating to the governor."Yeah. There is a real good chance "modern" conservatives will vote Democratic.
by Ben P, Mon Jan 17, 2005 at 10:33:39 PM EST