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Birmingham Ex-Mayor Gets 15 Years in Prison
Wall Street Journal ^ | Mar 5, 2010 | AP

Posted on 03/05/2010 12:29:12 PM PST by Gabrial

Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison for taking some $235,000 in bribes in return for lucrative bond work.

U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler imposed the sentence on Langford, 63, who told the court, "I am sorry all this has occurred."

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: alabama; birmingham; caseofthemissingd; corruptdems; corruption; coverup; cultureofcorruption; democrat; democratscandals; mayor; pravdamedia
Is it just me, or did the article forget to mention he is a Democrat?
1 posted on 03/05/2010 12:29:13 PM PST by Gabrial
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To: Gabrial

Whatever happened to the black democrat politician who stashed money in his freezer and had the National Guard drive him to pick it up during Katrina?? I don’t remember hearing the outcome.


2 posted on 03/05/2010 12:32:47 PM PST by Nitehawk0325 (I have the right to remain silent, but I lack the ability...........)
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To: Gabrial

Not a word about his party affiliation. But they mentioned that of his accomplices;

“But investment banker Bill Blount pleaded guilty to making the payments, and lobbyist Al LaPierre admitted being the middleman. Mr. Blount, the former state Democratic Party chairman, last week was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Mr. LaPierre, the former executive director of the state Democratic Party, got four years. Mr. Blount also was ordered to pay $1 million to the government, and LaPierre $470,000.”””


3 posted on 03/05/2010 12:32:51 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: Gabrial
"I am sorry all this has occurred."

Illustrative, and typical, liberal apology: No hint of personal accountability.

The investigation, arrest, trial, conviction and sentencing are simply "occurrences", as if they could happen to anyone, out of the blue. As if his own choices had nothing at all to do with his conviction.

Building your house on the shifting sand of situational ethics is still a Bad Idea.

4 posted on 03/05/2010 12:33:48 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Nitehawk0325
Whatever happened to the black democrat politician who stashed money in his freezer and had the National Guard drive him to pick it up during Katrina?? I don’t remember hearing the outcome.

William Jefferson sentenced to 13 years in prison

5 posted on 03/05/2010 12:35:25 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: shelterguy
“Not a word about his party affiliation.”

Good. I am not going crazy then. I had to look it up. Heaven forbid if AP actually reported it.

6 posted on 03/05/2010 12:35:45 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue for as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Gabrial

No mention of party in title, subtitle, first sentence or first paragraph..therefore its a democrat.


7 posted on 03/05/2010 12:38:51 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: TChris

Maybe they can all bunk together in the big house.

Remember this guy?

...drug addiction, drug bust, jail time, failure to file income taxes, marital infidelity, an arrest for alleged stalking, sex addiction...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/02/AR2010030203939.html


8 posted on 03/05/2010 12:42:26 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue for as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: TChris

Thanks TChris.


9 posted on 03/05/2010 12:45:15 PM PST by Nitehawk0325 (I have the right to remain silent, but I lack the ability...........)
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To: Nitehawk0325
Thanks TChris.

Happy to help. :-)

10 posted on 03/05/2010 12:46:08 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Gabrial
This kind of thing is called pay to play and is really common in the government bond world. This guy was just not as smart as most, who have the $$ come at them in the form of campaign donations.

IMHO, the whole pay to play thing is corrupt and should be outlawed.

11 posted on 03/05/2010 12:48:10 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: bamahead

Definite Alabama ping.


12 posted on 03/05/2010 1:00:09 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007 (To view the FR@Alabama ping list, click on my profile!)
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To: Gabrial
I guess this means the Birmingham Mayor Mafia will not be able to tax and spend his way to his dream of the ONE billion dollar domed football stadium for Bham, and Bham with NO professional or college team to play in it!!!
13 posted on 03/05/2010 1:29:38 PM PST by RetiredArmy (Stay armed. Buy bullets. Buy guns. Protect yourself - the government isn't.)
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To: Gabrial

Langford is a black, Obama supporting, liberal, taxing, spend other people’s money, DIMOCRAT! For those who asked.


14 posted on 03/05/2010 1:30:32 PM PST by RetiredArmy (Stay armed. Buy bullets. Buy guns. Protect yourself - the government isn't.)
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To: Gabrial

Langford, a Democrat

15 posted on 03/05/2010 1:45:47 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Gabrial

Save a bunk for Blago!

Ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Re-Indicted (Update2)
February 04, 2010, 5:08 PM EST
By Joe Schneider and Andrew M. Harris

Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) — Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office for abusing his power, was re-indicted today on corruption charges by a federal grand jury in Chicago.

Blagojevich faces eight NEW criminal charges, including racketeering and bribery, bringing the total number of charges to 24. Each of the most serious charges carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-04/ex-illinois-governor-rod-blagojevich-re-indicted-by-government.html


16 posted on 03/05/2010 2:46:27 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Don’t forget to save a bunk for JOHN EDWARDS too!


17 posted on 03/05/2010 2:47:17 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
“Save a bunk for Blago!
Ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Re-Indicted”

Dang, pretty soon they will have a soccer team!

18 posted on 03/05/2010 2:50:28 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue for as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: kcvl

I know he’s scum, but is there something pending, legally? Or is it just a matter of time? LOL!


19 posted on 03/05/2010 2:54:21 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: 1-Eagle; 131st Scout; 2CAVTrooper; 65superhawk; 6Covs; A.P.M.; adkinsjohnnie; Alabama Mutt; ...
FREE REPUBLIC @ ALABAMA



Keeping the people of Alabama informed!

FReepmail Ultra Sonic 007 or bamahead to get on or off this ping list.

20 posted on 03/05/2010 3:04:27 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead; SAJ; Toddsterpatriot; blam; Lazamataz; Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

Lost in the Langford trial is the 800 pound gorilla in the room: the Sewer Project.

Langford is going to jail for funneling county bond contracts to his friends Blount/LaPierre, who rewarded Langford in various ways.

However, why were those bonds needed? The infamous Jefferson County Sewer disaster. A corrupt judge ordered JeffCo to build a $3 Billion sewer replacement system.

The sewer scam, like the light rail scam before it (and the sports stadium scam invented later), is making its way from city to city across the U.S.

Environmental groups are bought off, raise a stink about old sewer systems, and corrupt judges are ordering new sewers built if the elections to build the sewers fail.

Well, Jefferson County never voted to build a new sewer system.

Moreover, Jefferson County doesn’t have the population base to repay a $3 Billion sewer system. To get around this last obstacle, County Commissioners used Auction Rate bonds that offered low intial interest rates and balloon funding. You know: the sub-prime adjustable mortgages of the Muni-Bond market.

Langford was a commissioner back then, and he pushed for his friends to get those auction rate bond execution contracts. Now he’ll get 15 years for steering those bonds through his friends.

But no one has been punished for forcing the new Sewer system itself onto Jefferson County, even though the residents failed to vote for it. There’s the crime.

And it’s coming to more cities/counties near you, next.


21 posted on 03/05/2010 3:27:34 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Gabrial

Buh buh Larry, next up his idol Daley -g-


22 posted on 03/05/2010 3:27:38 PM PST by JustPiper (Obamacare ONGOING THREAD ~http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2437390/posts?page=855#855~)
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To: Gabrial
He'll die in there.

How did he think he'd get away with it?

23 posted on 03/05/2010 4:06:39 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Nitehawk0325

That was William Jefferson, I think he actually did spent some time in jail


24 posted on 03/05/2010 5:43:21 PM PST by GeronL (I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Report: Edwards ‘certain’ to be indicted

John Edwards is on the verge of being indicted by a federal grand jury, the National Enquirer is reporting.

The supermarket tabloid quotes a “source close to the investigation” as saying: “The amount of work the grand jury has done is extensive. It’s certain John is going to be indicted.”

The disgraced presidential contender is under investigation for possible campaign violations related to payments to his ex-mistress Rielle Hunter

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20100305report_edwards_certain_to_be_indicted/


25 posted on 03/05/2010 6:15:36 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Andrew Young was on Oprah to talk about his book “The Politician” about his life and the lies of John Edwards, and Oprah asked about the sex tape.

Young’s wife told Oprah that the sex tape was her security, and implied that it showed John Edwards performing oral sex on Rielle Hunter.

When Oprah asked what was on the tape, Andrew wouldn’t say what the tape showed, but his wife Cheri piped up.

“I won’t give any fine details, but I’ll tell you yes, he is naked. He is performing sexual acts. The woman is holding the camera. He is aware he is being tape.”

Oprah remarked, “I thought: ‘you have got to be out of your mind to be running for the presidency of the United States and have someone film you having sex.’ Out of your MIND.”

Cheri later added, “That sex tape was my security... At least I had something to prove what had happened.”


26 posted on 03/05/2010 6:18:02 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Oooooooo! Sweeeeeeeeeeet! Thanks! :)


27 posted on 03/05/2010 6:18:07 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Gabrial

Who did he tick off?


28 posted on 03/05/2010 6:20:15 PM PST by sport
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Good news from Alabama. Hey, he told the judge that he’s sorry he got caught. Thanks Gabrial.


29 posted on 03/05/2010 6:26:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: kcvl

A decreasing number of AL voters adhere to “democracy”, but isn’t another liberal black said to be a credible candidate for governor in 2010?


30 posted on 03/05/2010 7:11:15 PM PST by Theodore R. (...)
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To: kcvl

People in NC will understand, but I don’t think he wants to return to the Senate.


31 posted on 03/05/2010 7:12:31 PM PST by Theodore R. (...)
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To: Theodore R.

Artur Genestre Davis (born October 9, 1967) is an American politician who has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing Alabama’s 7th congressional district.

After working as an intern at the Southern Poverty Law Center and then as a civil rights lawyer, he served as an assistant United States Attorney.

Davis is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus

As a freshman, he led the successful fight to reverse funding cuts for minority land grant colleges including Tuskegee University.[7] As a second term member, Congressman Davis won a floor fight to restore funding to the HOPE VI program for renovating public housing

After months of speculation, Davis announced on February 6, 2009 his candidacy for Governor of Alabama in 2010. His opponent in the Democratic primary is Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artur_Davis


32 posted on 03/05/2010 9:31:49 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Gabrial
the justice system is all screwed up.

...a politician gets 15 years for getting caught at what all politicians do, but a sexual predator gets less than 3yrs for raping a child and then murders a girl when he gets out

33 posted on 03/06/2010 1:02:24 AM PST by KTM rider ( ..........tell me this really isn't happening ! !)
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To: Nitehawk0325

For FR links:

William Jefferson sentenced to 13 years in prison [Cold Cash]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2386392/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2385968/posts

[I did FR search for ‘coldcash’ as key word.]

Adding that to:

THUG-O-CRAT hit list [shocking links and headlines]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2464640/posts?page=4


34 posted on 03/06/2010 1:57:31 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm. [Only leftist intellectuals publicly pick their noses.])
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To: ETL

This is the third convicted democrat mayor I’ve heard of.

Adding all of this to ...

THUG-O-CRAT hit list [shocking links and headlines]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2464640/posts?page=4

“But investment banker Bill Blount pleaded guilty to making the payments, and lobbyist Al LaPierre admitted being the middleman. Mr. Blount, the former state Democratic Party chairman, last week was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Mr. LaPierre, the former executive director of the state Democratic Party, got four years. Mr. Blount also was ordered to pay $1 million to the government, and LaPierre $470,000. Prosecutors had asked Judge Coogler to send Mr. Langford to prison for at least 24 years and as long as 30 years—contending he had showed no remorse.”

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Reports: Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Arrested
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2285779/posts

The Nine Lives and Lost Promise of Marion Barry — Politics Daily
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/06/15/the-nine-lives-and-lost-promise-of-marion-barry

Prosecutors Ask Judge to Jail Marion Barry. Again. - DCist
http://dcist.com/2009/02/prosecutors_ask_judge_to_jail_mario.php

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A Tumultuous Day for Detroit’s Beleaguered Mayor - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/15/us/15detroit.html
Aug 15, 2008 ... “The focus of our convention to people in Michigan should be on Barack ... He would lose his job under the city’s charter if convicted of a felony. ... Judge Rules Detroit Mayor Did Not Violate Bond (August 13, 2008) ...

Obama spokesman: Detroit mayor not welcome | Michigan News ...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2436156/posts
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick-served 99 days jailtime ... of Brothers member on-stage at DNC Convention (convicted for child porn) ...


35 posted on 03/06/2010 2:15:31 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm. [Only leftist intellectuals publicly pick their noses.])
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

And Monica Conyers’ sentencing is coming up on March 10.


36 posted on 03/06/2010 5:30:19 AM PST by Ready4Freddy ("It's not the number of burnt cars that worries me. It's the fact that everyone finds this normal..")
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To: icwhatudo
No mention of party in title, subtitle, first sentence or first paragraph..therefore its a democrat.

Just like this one? Sources: Lawmaker At Gay Club Before DUI Arrest

37 posted on 03/06/2010 6:27:13 AM PST by drubyfive
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To: Ready4Freddy

Thank you. I’ll add that to the Thug-o-crat thread too. Target rich!


38 posted on 03/06/2010 9:30:42 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm. [Only leftist intellectuals publicly pick their noses.])
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To: Ready4Freddy

Conyers’ Sentencing Date Now In March - Detroit Local News Story
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/19867343/detail.html
...Dec 14, 2009 ... “Monica Conyers said today, ‘I did it,’” said FBI Special Agent Andy Arena, when Conyers pleaded guilty. “It’s a historic day in the city of ...

Kilpatricks, Monica Conyers, wife of John Conyers among 8 named in ...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2175348/posts

Adding to ...

THUG-O-CRAT hit list [shocking links and headlines]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2464640/posts?page=4


39 posted on 03/06/2010 9:33:44 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm. [Only leftist intellectuals publicly pick their noses.])
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To: Theodore R.

This is Alabama. He’s not credible and neither is Les Phillip. I know it will anger any supporters Les has on here but the truth is the truth.

If Democrats are to lose the legislature this year they’re losing it for one reason and one reason alone and we all know what it is. That’s why they’re trying so hard to make national issues irrelevant this year and its why Bedford pushed through that gun bill in the Senate


41 posted on 03/06/2010 10:33:52 AM PST by AzaleaCity5691
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To: Gabrial

Larry Langford, Jeremiah Wright, Ray Nagin, Barack Obama, Kwame Kilpatrick, Charles Rangel, Marion Berry, Tiger Woods, Al Sharpton, Sheila Dixon, Spike Lee and OJ Simpson all walk into a bar together...


42 posted on 03/06/2010 8:04:33 PM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: Gabrial
Please keep in mind that the Associated Press is the same damn democrat-friendly organization that refers to the Taliban terrorists as "Resistance Fighters."
43 posted on 03/06/2010 8:09:03 PM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: Southack

They’ve run both the Light rail scam and the sewer project scam on Portland, Oregon, and taxpayers in the tri-county metropolitan area. They pushed and pushed unsuccessfully on the stadium project (Portland has neither a pro football nor ML baseball team), but they really did not have to, since they pulled the Light Rail scam not once, not twice, not three times, or even four

They have crammed it down the throats of unwilling taxpaying voters SIX times!!

First was an eastside only line twenty plus years ago, then later of course they had to have one for the westside (tunneled through over a mile of solid rock at budget-breaking cost) since after all, the west side had the worse traffic congestion problem, what with the Nike and Intel campuses located out there...

Then it was a “spur” line of “just a few miles” to service the PDX airport. A think tank did a feasibility study that proved it would have been cheaper to have 10 passenger stretch limousines making that loop 24/7/265 including all vehicle maintenance and replacement costs, a driver salaried at $20/hour with full health insurance and pension benefits, IRA etc.

After that, they pressed for an extension from the “Rose quarter/convention center area into the North Portland “hood”...

and an extension from the airport/gateway interchange along the I-205 corridor, to the Clackamas Mall, and on to the (protesting, unwilling) Portland suburb of Milwaukie.

and an extension of the North Portland line across the Columbia river into downtown Vancouver, Washington - again over the ignored protests of Vancouver voters...

And the people in government cannot seem to figure out why (on top of the socialized medicine Oregon Health Plan) the state is going broke on the heels of tax increase after jobs/growth-stifling tax increase.

They could actually, but they would never admit it.

A.A.C.


44 posted on 03/06/2010 10:33:49 PM PST by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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To: Gabrial
It's you. They didn't forget to mention that he's a Democrat.
45 posted on 03/06/2010 11:33:55 PM PST by americanophile
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To: Nitehawk0325
Whatever happened to the black democrat politician who stashed money in his freezer and had the National Guard drive him to pick it up during Katrina?? I don’t remember hearing the outcome.

He voted with the Republicans on the BK Reform act, which made him tops in their books.

But the system finally caught up with him and he is now a guest in the Graybar Hotel....

46 posted on 03/07/2010 10:29:37 AM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: RetiredArmy
I guess this means the Birmingham Mayor Mafia will not be able to tax and spend his way to his dream of the ONE billion dollar domed football stadium [..]

I can just see de Mayor saying that with malicious grin, palm outward, and pinky extended toward corner of mouth.

47 posted on 03/08/2010 10:03:56 AM PST by Erasmus (Give to the Antonio Janigro College Fund; a strong bow is a terrible thing to waste.)
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