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Archive for May, 2010

Vote 2010: Roundup of primary election picks, endorsements and predictions

Monday, May 31st, 2010

The state primaries are just a day away, but voter turnout is predicted to be between 35 and 40 percent. Post-holiday weekend hangover? Voter apathy? Primary doldrums?

Wade on Birmingham - Vote 2010It just means your choices carry more weight. But first, you’ll need to figure out who’s running and who deserves your vote.

In the 5 years we’ve covered elections, the online resources have blossomed, from a variety of political bloggers across the state, partisan and nonpartisan. Their tireless research can help you figure out your picks in the remaining hours before polls open Tuesday morning across Alabama.

Plus, we’ve updated the Vote 2010 guide with the Jefferson and Shelby County races.

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Determine your polling place and districts (state and county).

Sample ballots for each county.

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Bhamwiki

Doc’s Political Parlor

The World Around You

And finally, endorsements and predictions from partisan bloggers

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More Vote 2010 coverage.

Happy Memorial Day

Monday, May 31st, 2010

If you really want to honor the soldiers who gave their lives for this country …

Memorial Day

Vote on Tuesday.

voting instructions

Also:

posthumous honor

Monday, May 31st, 2010

For those who died in
service, our feeble thank yous
must suffice for now.

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steady on

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

The compass needle
spins with drunken lurches, but
the course remains true.

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Vote 2010: Sample ballots for Jefferson, Shelby County primaries

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

See sample ballots for the Nov. 2 general election.

It’s almost time to vote. To help you see the full candidate list for your district, we’ve included sample ballots for Jefferson and Shelby Counties for the primaries. (The Jefferson County ballots, 180 pages and 238 pages, include versions for every district.)

Wade on Birmingham - Vote 2010Also included is the Alabama Voter Guide 2010, which has information on voting procedures and frequently asked questions.

For easier viewing, you can print, download or zoom to full screen with each ballot.

Primary elections take place Tuesday across the state.

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Sample ballots for all 67 counties.

Who gets your vote? Picks, endorsements and predictions.

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Jefferson County: Democratic ballot

Jefferson County: Republican ballot

Shelby County: Democratic ballot

Shelby County: Republican ballot

Alabama Voter Guide 2010

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See sample ballots for the Nov. 2 general election.

More Vote 2010 coverage.

t-shirts for me

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I’m the realest bitch
you know. No-drama zone. Honk
if you love silence.

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dark water

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Hurry, gotta beat
the traffic to the beach, where
the oil awaits.

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influence

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The office nerd has
no say in the product launch
but knows good pizza.

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mutually assured disaffection

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The trust died when she
lost faith and he kept fighting
their reality.

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the thin line between light and dark

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The winds blow. The rains
fall. The line snaps. Thus ends our
civilization.

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The summer of “Best Worst Movie”

Monday, May 24th, 2010

After a big opening night screening at the 2009 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, the documentary “Best Worst Movie” has moved up to theatrical screenings. Theaters around the country are showing the film in limited engagements through the summer.

The tour kicked off in April in Austin. While it isn’t scheduled to return to Alabama, it will screen July 23 at Atlanta’s Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

The documentary catches up with the cast and crew of “Troll 2,” a horror movie many consider to be the worst movie ever released. The star of both movies is Alexander City dentist George Hardy. Birmingham brothers Alan and Hugh Hunter served as the doc’s executive producers.

[Read the review from Wade on Birmingham.]

Video: Interview with George Hardy at South by Southwest

after lost

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Castaways stuck on
weird island. Only hope for
rescue is dying.

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lessons in comic form

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Don’t try to kick the
football. Don’t try too hard at
work. Dennis? Menace.

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doused in chlorine

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Bobbing along in
the deep end, dodging divers
in cannonball mode.

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Gerald Albright to headline fourth annual Preserve Jazz Festival

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Video: “Walker’s Theme” (live), Gerald Albright

Spend a Sunday in the Preserve in Hoover with several jazz giants. The fourth annual Preserve Jazz Festival will feature a day of music on the lawn. The lineup:

  • Gerald Albright
  • The Southern Gentlemen: Birmingham’s Eric Essix, plus Joey Summerville and Michael Ward
  • Phil Davis
  • Hungary’s Collaboration Trio
  • Neo Jazz Collective

The festival takes place June 6, with performances starting at 3 p.m.

Tickets — $35 in advance, $38 at the event — are available online. Admission is free for children age 12 and younger.

For more information, visit the Preserve Jazz Festival site.

Check out the lineup via videos …

Video: “Birmingham,” Eric Essix

Video: “Ladybird,” Neo Jazz Collective