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What happened with Roland S. Martin on Twitter last night?

Roland S. Martin. Courtesy of his official website.Roland S. Martin definitely doesn’t like being called the N-word (or seeing/hearing anyone use it). For those not familiar with Martin, he’s a nationally syndicated columnist, commentator and analyst, working for news organizations including CNN and TV One.

Last night, the author of the new book, The First, had a heated discussion on Twitter with several members of Birmingham, AL’s online community after someone sent him a tweet using the N-word – one that has spilled over into parts of today’s stream.

There are several different opinions about how the debate should move forward (we’d even started working on an editorial), but this post written on Mo Better Truths probably sums up some of the opinions and feelings surrounding that conversation specifically (you’ll want to watch the videos included in the post) and the general situation as we prepare to enter 2011.

If you’ve got an opinion, we’d love to hear it.

Photo: Roland S. Martin. Courtesy of his official website.

GOP candidates for Alabama governor debate tonight

YRFA logoIt’s time to hear from the Republican candidates for governor.

Two local media outlets have made it easy for you to do just that from the comfort of your home this evening (provided you’re not hearing about this after 8:30 p.m. via Twitter or Facebook).

The Young Republican Federation of Alabama (YRFA) is hosting a gubernatorial debate tonight in Birmingham, AL at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center between Robert Bentley and Bradley Byrne. It’s being sponsored by the student government associations of the University of Alabama and Auburn University and will begin at 8:30 p.m. (though a pre-debate party started at 7 p.m.).

Don’t worry about not being there though (especially since they’re expecting the space for the event itself to max out at 150 people) as both AL.com and WAPI 100.5 FM are simulcasting it. We’re also assuming that AL.com will be providing an archived copy of the live stream after the event is finished. NBC13‘s Jon Paepcke will be serving as moderator.

The winner of the July 13 runoff will face Democratic nominee Ron Sparks.

Mayorpalooza continues through Friday

BellvCooper Bob Farley/f8PhotoIt had to seem just a little too quiet – but now we’re seeing the sprint begin in the race that is Birmingham’s special election for a new mayor next Tuesday, January 19.

We’ve already seen a debate on Sunday (the Birmingham Business Alliance is still working on uploading the video from that event but the audio is now up ) and last night (which we live blogged). The candidates are still scheduled to appear on Fox 6 tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. and in succession as part of a special On The Line at 12 p.m. (William Bell) and 1 p.m. (Patrick Cooper) Friday on WBHM 90.3 FM.

We’ve even put up some audio from the last time the candidates ran for mayor. It seems like only two years ago… oh wait, it was. But at least it’s almost over (we think).

Photos: Bob Farley/f8Photo

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The Birmingham Roundtable Mayoral Debate

Bachus holds town hall tonight

spencerbachus2U.S. Congressman Spencer Bachus is holding a town hall meeting of his own this evening, August 17, at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center beginning at 7 p.m. He hopes to give the folks he represents in Alabama’s 6th Congressional district an opportunity to voice their concerns over the current national debate about an overhaul of our health care system. He also recently released a statement about how some are trying to discredit the town hall meetings that have already been held. Tonight’s event will no doubt bring out vocal supporters to the two main camps that have developed during the national discourse.

Photo: U.S. House of Representatives.