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MARCH 02 2008

1. How to rout a pesky rival in Alabama
2. An Open Letter to Powerline (And Others): For the Love of Karl
Rove?
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How to rout a pesky rival in Alabama
Cynthia Tucker for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


....We take for granted some fundamental premises of American
democracy. Among them is this: Political rivals who threaten the status
quo are imprisoned in Russia, in Malaysia, in Zimbabwe, but not in the
United States. No president or prosecutor ought to be allowed to use
his office to go after political enemies.

Even former Republican prosecutors are outraged at the extent to
which Rove and his minions politicized the Justice Department,
handpicking cases and firing attorneys who would not act as political
assassins. Dozens of former state attorneys general, Democrat and
Republican, have urged Congress to investigate the Siegelman
prosecution.

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An Open Letter to Powerline (And Others):
For the Love of Karl Rove?
by Larisa Alexandrovna for At-Largely

....Karl Rove is known to have worked with Bill Canary on numerous
political races in Alabama, beginning in 1994 and including William
Pryor's campaign in 1998. Canary and Pryor both enjoyed a close
political and social relationship with Rove -- who went on to become a
senior adviser to the president, before Bush's "brain" resigned earlier
this year.

Two Republican lawyers who have asked to remain anonymous for
fear of retaliation allege that Canary and Rove also worked together
on the 2002 Alabama governor's race. One of the lawyers is close to
the Republican National Committee in Alabama.

According to the lawyers, Rove and Canary initially supported
Republican Lieutenant Governor Steve Windom in his bid for the
nomination to challenge Governor Siegelman but then switched their
allegiance to Rep. Bob Riley after his victory in the primary. The
Windom campaign was well known to be sluggish, however, prompting
many observers to wonder just how serious an undertaking it really
was.

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According to the Alabama RNC source, Rove met regularly with
operatives for the Riley campaign. The source's allegations are
confirmed in part by campaign disclosure forms, which show that
Windom paid Canary as a consultant between 1999 and early 2001
and later received large contributions from Canary's business partner,
a pattern that is duplicated with Riley and Canary.

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Rove's meetings with Riley campaign operatives are said to have
taken place on street corners in Washington at prearranged times.
"Riley's people went up to DC and had a couple of meetings with
[Rove]," one of the Republican attorneys stated. In addition, Rove and
his wife purchased a property in Rosemary Beach, Florida in
November of 2002, about 2-1/2 hour drive from Alabama's capital -
Montgomery, a little over an hour's drive from Mobile, and less than
an hour by jet.

"He would never discuss anything on the phone. He would tell you to
meet him at some corner and then you get there and sure enough he
is standing in the middle of the intersection waving at you."

Riley did not return calls seeking comment.

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