A clear, crisp night in Georgiana

November 13, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Editor’s Note: This piece was written on Friday, Nov. 10.

Tomorrow 90,000 people will cram into Jordan-Hare stadium on the Auburn University campus to watch Auburn play the University of Georgia.  It is the South’s oldest football rivalry, going back to 1892 when Auburn won 10-0.

It will be a spectacle  An orgy displaying the mega bucks that dominate such events.  There will be acres upon acres of expensive motor homes hosting tailgaters,  Luxury suites where corporations wine and dine customers and friends.  Fancy multi-million dollar “scoreboards” showering the stadium with ads and replays.
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Crawford seeks full-term in House

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 26, State Representative Danny Crawford (R-Athens) will run for re-election in the Alabama House of Representatives.

Rep. Crawford announced, “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to represent the residents of House District 5 the last two years. I’m looking forward to getting back to work on the issues that matter most to them: job creation, education, tax reform, and protecting our conservative values.”
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White Nationalist speech at Auburn ends with mostly peaceful protests

April 19, 2017

Photo: Dakota Sumpter / The Auburn Plainsman


By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN— White nationalist leader Richard Spencer, known for coining the term “alt-right,” faced down the administrative opposition and hundreds of protestors to speak at Auburn University Tuesday night.

Inside the event, Spencer, who became known nationally for being punched at an anti-Trump rally in January, spoke to a crowd of more than three hundred — about half of which were actually students at Auburn. Others appeared to middle-aged supporters of Spencer’s.

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Prominent white supremacist expected to hold rally at Auburn University

April 18, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN— Controversial white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, known for coining the term “alt-right,” is planning to speak at Auburn University against the wishes of university administrators who canceled his previously scheduled speech.

Spencer announced last week that he planned to make an appearance at Auburn to hold a talk and a forum at the University’s Foy Hall. He rented the auditorium there for $700 and was planning to pay the city for police services.

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Auburn appoints new president with a tumultuous past

March 24, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — The Auburn University Board of Trustees has appointed the next president of the University: an experienced higher-ed administrator who was previously under a six-week criminal investigation for possible misuse of Iowa State University aircraft.

On Monday, the Board appointed Steven Leath, 59, who has served as president of Iowa State University since 2012 and previously held an administrative role at the University of North Carolina. Leath, who has had a turbulent past at Iowa State, will assume the post in July when President Jay Gogue is expected to step down.

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Auburn BOT names Steven Leath Auburn’s 19th President

March 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017, the Auburn University Board of Trustees unanimously selected Iowa State University President Steven Leath after a six-month national search. The University announced that Leath starts on July 15, and replaces Jay Gogue, who announced his retirement in September.

Trustee Raymond Harbert said, “This is a great day for Auburn. Dr. Leath is a strategic leader who will work alongside the campus community and alumni to elevate Auburn to the next level in instruction, research and outreach.”
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Dalton Dismukes hired as grassroots manager for American Cancer Society

January 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Well known GOP politico, Dalton Dismukes has been recently hired as the grassroots manager for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ASCAN).

The group announced on social media: “ACS CAN is excited to announce Alabama has a new grassroots manager, Dalton L Dismukes. Please welcome Dalton!”

Dismukes said in his own statement, “BIG NEWS: I am proud and extremely honored to announce that I will begin working with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network as the new Grassroots Manager!”
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Groundbreaking Study Shows Enormous Financial Impact of Alabama’s Energy Industry

November 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A first of its kind study found that Alabama’s energy industry contributes more than $13 billion to the State’s economy each year, and that at least 124,000 jobs depend on the energy sector.

This groundbreaking study released by the Energy Institute of Alabama showed that Alabama’s General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets are enriched by at least $385 million directly from the energy sector.
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Your Guide to the 2016 Proposed Constitutional Amendments

October 21, 2016

By Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey

Alabamians will enter the voting booth on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, to cast their vote in a historic Presidential election and will also find 14 proposed statewide Constitutional Amendments at the bottom of the ballot. Once the Legislature approves an amendment, Alabama’s Constitution delegates power to the people to be the final approving authority to amend our Constitution. Even though four of the proposed Constitutional Amendments deal only with specific counties, all statewide voters have an opportunity to determine their outcome.
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Rogers Reports on His Work in His District

September 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, September 9, US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) reported in an email to constituents about his recent activities across the Third Congressional District of Alabama during the District Work Period.

Rep. Rogers wrote, “I always enjoy taking a break from Washington to visit with folks and spend time back in our great State. During this work period, I had the opportunity to tour several facilities in the Third District including DaVita Dialysis in Opelika and General Electric in Auburn. These companies are both great examples of growing areas of the economy: health care and aviation.”
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