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FEBRUARY 06 2008

1. Martin: Legislature convenes under a pall
2. Does the 60 Minutes Siegelman Story Live?
3. Where's the Beef in the Sue Schmitz Case?
4. Schmitz isn't rolling in money:
5. Siegelman "60 Minutes" Story IS NOT DEAD!
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Martin: Legislature convenes under a pall
by Bob Martin of the Randolph Leader

In one barrel they saw the face of Gov. Bob Riley, who has set out to
raise $7 million to oust as many Democrats as he can in the 2010
election. Out of the other barrel stared Alice Martin, the U. S.
Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, whom many Democrats
believe is working in harmony with Riley to indict as many Democratic
lawmakers as possible in the next two years so that Riley can achieve
his goal of a Republican majority in both houses of the legislature.

Last week Martin announced that charges had been filed against
Rep. Sue Schmitz, 63, D-Toney on nine counts for what Martin
described as "performing virtually no services and generating
virtually no work product" in a federally funded youth training
program.

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Does the 60 Minutes Siegelman Story Live?
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schnauzer

"We could run it this week," one source said, "But it would have to
take the third slot. We don't want that."

Wilson raises a key point: Republican whistleblower Jill Simpson, a
primary source on the Siegelman story, has a verbal agreement not
to talk with other TV shows on the air until 60 Minutes has had a
chance to run a full story. Simpson is sticking by her agreement, for
now, partly because 60 Minutes' reputation and resources make it a
natural choice for the story. But if CBS caves to pressure, it appears
that other news programs are waiting in the wings.

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Where's the Beef in Sue Schmitz Case?
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schnauzer

Horton notes that employees of four-year colleges and universities in
Alabama might have committed the same "crimes" as Schmitz. And
people in any number of other professions also might have
committed similar "crimes." But that doesn't fit with the right-wing
political agenda of Martin, The Birmingham News, and Alabama
Governor Bob Riley. They want to take control of the Alabama
Legislature, and that's why they focus on Democrats who serve in the
legislature and also work at two-year colleges.

"Legislators who teach in universities and four-year colleges
arguably face the same issues," Horton writes. "And indeed, so do
doctors, lawyers, accountants, insurance men--professionals who
may regularly sell their services to the state--or even car dealers, like
Bob Riley. Why aren't we discussing them?

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The Newspaper and the Schoolteacher
by Scott Horton of Harper's

Bob Riley has a dilemma. He has one major objective to achieve to
conclude his term as governor of Alabama, and that is to put the
state’s legislature in Republican hands. And he has two key allies in
this struggle, determined to facilitate his struggle. The first are two
key Newhouse newspapers, the Mobile Press-Register and the
Birmingham News. The publishers of both are fully committed to the
success of his campaign for a Republican legislature. The second is
Alice Martin, the U.S. Attorney in Birmingham who figures high on the
list of what Kyle Sampson called the “loyal Bushies” and who has a
well-documented penchant for political prosecutions and a well-
articulated desire for elected office or a judgeship.

Riley and his G.O.P. campaign team have settled on a campaign to
accomplish their objective. They did some quick tallying and found
that 33 legislators have some position in the state’s two-year college
program. Thirty of them are Democrats. So, Riley and his team
reason, if they can take out this group, they will accomplish their
objective of crafting a new G.O.P. legislature. Hence the hew and cry
of “double dipping” pursued in perfect concert between Riley, the
Birmingham News and Alice Martin. Of course,

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Siegelman ‘60 Minutes’ Story IS NOT DEAD!
by Glynn Wilson of Locust Fork Journal

....While there has been speculation and some verifiable information
that pressure has been brought to bear on the network from
Washington and Montgomery, there is no reason to assume that
pressure will stop the airing of a show that has been in the works for
months, according to sources who know how the national news cycle
works.

The show was not aired this past week because of the Super Bowl
and will not air this coming week, Feb. 10, because it is a big news
time in the wake of Super Duper Tuesday.

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photo: gov

Sue Schmitz (D- Toney),a 63 year
old retired Social Studies
teacher, is another victim of the
Alice Martin political prosecution.
photo: Al gov

Alice Martin is a Bush appointed
US Attorney  who was referred to
in a sworn statement as one of
Bill Canary's
"girls" who would "take care" of
Siegelman.

She was politicallly mentored by
Hickman Ewing, known as
Kenneth Starr's dark side.