Category Archives: Election 2012

“Showplace of the South” center of the political world tonight

Line for GOP forumIt’s the day before the Alabama Republican presidential primary and all through the state, there were a lot of folks stirring, though they may not be at the debate.

It’s actually not a debate, but a GOP presidential candidate forum being held at the historic Alabama Theatre this evening (March 12) beginning at 5:30 p.m. The doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and seating will be first come, first served (with a maximum capacity of 2,500). Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have both accepted invitations to attend; Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have been invited but have not indicated whether or not they will show up.

If you can’t make it tonight, don’t worry. ABC 33/40, Fox 6 are planning on simulcasting the event on their websites and via their digital TV signals (there may be more). The Birmingham News‘ Marty Swant plans to live tweet the forum as well.

You may also want to avoid the area around the Alabama this evening as 3rd Avenue North is currently blocked off between 18th and 19th Streets.

By the way, with all of the attention being focused on the Republican primary tomorrow, there have been a lot of links flying around about voting for delegates to the national conventions for both the Democrats and the Republicans (PDF format).

Election 2012: Remember Dale Peterson? Well, meet Kathy.

Kathy Peterson ad screenshotFrom the sometimes lightning can strike twice category: Some folks may remember the viral phenomenon that was Dale Peterson’s campaign ad as he attempted to secure the Republican nomination for Alabama’s agriculture commissioner in 2010.

He didn’t win, but the video turned him into an Internet sensation;¬†the folks at Funny or Die¬†even created a spoof of the spot, which was covered by both The Huffington Post and New York magazine.

Well, earlier today a Birmingham resident found a video that had already been posted online via various news outlets (including The Gadsden Times and the Montgomery Advertiser). He also just happened to share with the folks at Videogum.

It seems that Perterson’s wife, Kathy, is running to become the state’s Public Service Commission president. That image up and to your left is a still from the two-minute piece that’s currently on YouTube.

We figure a spoof is coming – we’re just waiting to find out when. This is a great excuse though to remind folks that this year’s primary vote will be held on March 13, so don’t forget to register before March 2 (and to vote).