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Birmingham is in the running For Demcratic Convention
Written by News Desk   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 15:49

bobmartinBy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Publisher

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who leads the Democratic National Committee, says the Party has received proposals from six cities to host the 2106 Democratic National Convention. They are Birmingham; Columbus, Ohio; Brooklyn, N. Y., Cleveland; New York; Philadelphia and Phoenix. Wasserman Schultz told the media this week that the committee had "fantastic options" and a group of DNC officials will evaluate the cities and make a decision.

One of six... Those are the odds... on paper. In reality, they're probably a little bit less suggested Birmingham News columnist John Archibald Sunday. Representatives of the Party arrived in the Magic City this past Monday to examine what the city has to offer to accommodate the big Democratic Party show.

New York officials have said they would hold the convention at the Barclays Center, the new home of the Brooklyn Nets. But two cities in Ohio are pushing to hold the convention in their state, which remains among the nation's most pre-eminent presidential battleground states. Phoenix, however would probably give Democrats a way to connect with voters in Arizona, long-eyed by the party as a potential swing state. Philadelphia was the site of the 2000 Republican convention, where George W. Bush was first nominated and would allow the party to hold its event in an historic city.

The DNC has said that it will delay making a final decision until the end of this year or early in 2015.

"Since it was first announced, many people, including several of us here at the News have been pretty pragmatic about our chances, but in some ways the city has already won, Archibald wrote this past Sunday.

During this week's visit, the DNC representatives were given royal treatment and are likely to be wheeled about the city in one or more vehicles made right here in Alabama. Archibald also suggests and I agree that they'll see some things that will surprise them.

And as Anthony Cook of The News pointed out, "This isn't the site of grainy black and white images anymore. It's the site of the breathtaking, yet underappreciated Birmingham Museum of Art, and the McWane Center, which uses live science demonstrations to allow hands-on learning for children.

Go for it Birmingham.

In what city is Artur Davis running for mayor?

Artur Davis has officially announced he has plans to run for Mayor of Montgomery, but where does he announce it... in the Birmingham media on June 27? The release stated that Davis will form an exploratory committee on Aug. 25 to determine if he has the support to run for mayor of the city of Montgomery. Aug. 25 is one year from the mayoral election. His announcement came just days after Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy announced his forced retirement by Mayor Todd Strange.

Davis, a Montgomery native and former Democrat officeholder, represented the Seventh District of Alabama in Congress from 2003-2010. He left Congress and the state of Alabama after a failed bid for governor in 2010. An AL.com report on Dec. 30, 2013, stated Davis was preparing to mount a comeback to politics in his new state of Virginia as a Republican. That obviously didn't materialize.

Davis this past week was featured in a lengthy story in the Birmingham newspaper. I hope he remembers where Montgomery is located.

James Garner, my favorite actor

When he received the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award in 2005, James Garner quipped, "I'm not at all sure how I got here." I guess it was his low key, aw shucks attitude that attracted me to his acting career. Garner died this past week at 86.

But in his 2011 memoir, "The Garner Files," he provided some different, yet amusing and enlightening clues, including his penchant for bluntly expressed opinions and a practice for decking people who said something nasty to his face -- including an obnoxious fan and an abusive stepmother. They all deserved it, Garner declared in his book.

It was in 1957 when the ABC network, desperate to compete on ratings-rich Sunday night, scheduled "Maverick" against CBS's powerhouse "The Ed Sullivan Show" and NBC's "The Steve Allen Show." ''Maverick" soon outpolled both.

At a time when the networks were crowded with hard-eyed, traditional Western heroes, Maverick provided a fresh breath of air. With his sardonic tone and his eagerness to talk his way out of a squabble rather than pull out his six-shooter, the con-artist Westerner seemed to scoff at the genre's values.

Bob Martin is editor and publisher of The Montgomery Independent. E-mail him at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 15:51
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