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“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).

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

Election ’09: A busy weekend of sorts

Well, for those of you who missed all of the election coverage from Friday: