Growing up in the “Home o’ Gomer” Sylacauga​.

December 1, 2017

By Jim Zeigler

Sylacauga, Alabama’s own Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) has died at 87.

People who hear that I grew up in Sylacauga sometimes ask if I knew Jim Nabors growing up. For you yutes too young to remember, Jim Nabors was a nightclub singer who then became famous as Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show and, later on his own show, Gomer Pyle, USMC. He can sing like the voice of God in a deep, operatic presentation that is just the opposite of his high-pitched Gomer Pyle voice. “Shame, shame, shame.” “Surprise, surprise, surprise.” “Judy, Judy, Judy.” “Citizen’s arayest. Citizen’s arayest.” “Well, goooooooool-lee.”

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Independence Day, 241 years ago

July 4, 2017

By Jim Zeigler,Alabama State Auditor, and Pat Boone, Entertainer

Many of us Alabamians are enjoying a long Independence Day holiday. For State employees and others who are off work Monday, it is a four-day weekend.

My family, like many of yours, will enjoy barbecue, the lake (or beach), fireworks, and the gathering of family and friends.

241 years ago at the first Independence Day (though it was not called that), it was a different scene altogether.
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Interstate 65: Alabama’s immediate infrastructure needs

June 19, 2017

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

I do not need expensive studies and consultants to know that Alabama has immediate infrastructure needs. I experienced a major infrastructure problem Saturday afternoon.

While the inadequacy of Interstate 65 from Birmingham to Montgomery — and on all of the Beach route — may or may not be our most dangerous problem, it may well be the most immediate. It is a problem right NOW.
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As Trump gives one trillion to states for aging infrastructure, please someone other than Bentley serve as the Alabama conduit

January 26, 2017

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

President Donald Trump is rapidly moving to release one trillion dollars to the states to refurbish aging infrastructure. There will be some competition. The states must submit proposals. The plans for how to spend the money are up to each state to devise, subject to light approval by the Trump administration.

Please, please some Alabama leader other than Gov. Robert Bentley step forward as the contact for Alabama’s share. Read More

Lurleen Wallace portrait still missing from Capitol Rotunda

January 16, 2017

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

Today, Monday, January 16, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Lurleen Wallace as Alabama’s only female Governor. January 16, 1967 was and remains a historic milestone for our state. I was there, marching with the Sylacauga High School “Half-Million-Dollar Band.” Freezing cold.

Today, sadly, the official portrait of Gov. Lurleen Wallace remains – illegally – out of the Capitol Rotunda, where it historically and legally hung until January 2015. Read More

Pearl Harbor aftermath illustrates America’s exceptionalism

December 7, 2016

By Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler

“A day that will live in infamy.” Those words to the nation and the world by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt were prophetic. On this 2016 commemoration of the Japanese attack on the U.S. at our Pearl Harbor facility, the world remembers.

Pearl Harbor should be cited as a shining example of American exceptionalism and benevolence. After being attacked in so cowardly a fashion, after the Japanese declared war on the U.S., and after winning a long and bloody war against Japan, the United States saved and rebuilt Japan. The people of Japan have had no better friend and helpmate than the former object of their attack, the United States.
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Trump Administration will go to others, not Bentley, on Alabama issues

November 28, 2016

By Jim Zeigler
Alabama State Auditor

There is one bit of good news: Gov. Robert’s Bentley’s refusal to support Donald Trump.

Bentley was an early endorser of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who also refused to support Trump. Notice that Trump carried both Ohio and Alabama despite the lack of support of either governor. Bentley’s support of Kasich did no good for Kasich. It may have hurt him with what little Alabama support Kasich had to hurt.
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Follow-Up questions to Gov. Bentley

November 24, 2016

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

A reporter for WSFA-TV news asked Gov. Bentley a simple, straight-forward question. Bentley’s reply was a Vesuvian eruption.

Newsman Michael Doudna asked if Bentley were going to re-hire Rebekah Mason, former senior policy adviser and alleged girlfriend of Bentley. That simple question set off Bentley with his tirade about why the reporter was interested in that topic and Bentley’s allegation (incorrect) that the public is not interested in it “as long as I am serving them.” Who says Bentley is serving the public?
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Another FBI Director Meddled in a Presidential Election But With Opposite Results

November 8, 2016

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

News commentators have been saying that the input of FBI Director James Comey into the presidential campaign is unprecedented. The fact is, FBI presidential campaign interference happened once before – big time.

It was 1948. I remember it well. Harry Truman had been Vice-President and became President at the death of President Franklin Roosevelt in 1945. Truman was running as the incumbent president in November 1948, opposed by Republican nominee, New York Governor Thomas Dewey. Everyone expected Truman to lose except for Truman himself.
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Good News: A Sine Die Solution for the Special Session

August 20, 2016

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

As I give reports to the people about what is going on in Montgomery, too often I have to bear BAD NEWS. Today, is an exception. I bring very GOOD NEWS from Montgomery.

A solution has surfaced for the reported shortfall in the state’s Medicaid budget.

On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee favorably reported a compromise bill to distribute the approximately $850 million dollars from the BP oil spill settlement. The compromise may be debated on the House floor today and could be voted on this week.
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