Archive for May, 2013

WKRG: Special election will cost $2 million

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 31, 2013

The CBS affiliate in Mobile, Ala. gives us a cost estimate of holding a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Alabama. It ain’t cheap. I’d like to thank WKRG for digging deeper into this issue and considering its effect on taxpayers and consumers.

MYAJC gives me a sad

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 31, 2013

I wanted this to work. The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently created its MYAJC page as a subscription-based service providing exclusive digital content. Full disclosure: I work as a journalist and, technically speaking, AJC is competition. We cross paths, but I have nothing but respect for the people who work there. My background is in daily […]

Montgomery Advertiser asks real questions about Jo Bonner

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 30, 2013

Thank you Montgomery Advertiser and its D.C. Reporter, Mary Orndorff Troyan, for digging deeper into Rep. Jo Bonner’s new job with the University of Alabama System. Please take a moment to read Troyan’s article. Please link it, Like it, +1 and Tweet it. The public needs to support this kind of watchdog reporting for it […]

Bonner to student paper: Economic development is good and stuff

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 29, 2013

Rep. Jo Bonner has lots of ideas about his new job as vice chancellor of economic development and government relations for the University of Alabama System, according to The Crimson White student newspaper. Of course, he hasn’t told us what those ideas are yet. The man who was uniquely qualified for this position must first […]

Demanding more transparency from the UA System

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 29, 2013

I am trying to bring more attention to the University of Alabama System’s decision to hire the brother of the University of Alabama president. I hope people are still listening. More importantly, I hope they’re doing something about it. We need to keep the conversation alive until the UA System starts to listen, too.

Six reasons to question hiring practices of the UA System

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 28, 2013

Editor’s note: I am from Mobile, Ala. I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005 and married a beautiful Alabama gal. I have roots there and care about its future. Journalists aren’t asking enough questions about recent changes within the University of Alabama System. They should be.

Memorial Day remembered

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 27, 2013

This weekend my good friends Todd and Rachel South visited Decatur. Both are military veterans. Todd served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the invasion of Iraq. Todd is also one of the hardest-working writers I’ve ever known. He wrote this amazing article about the history of Memorial Day, often confused with Veterans Day. It […]

Minding Deepo

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 27, 2013

The Georgia Aquarium on Memorial Day weekend tests the limits of the most dedicated Atlanta apologists. It’s hot. It’s crowded. Two small elevators service the parking deck (we took the stairs). The lines in front of the exhibits are three-people deep. The children terrorize the animals and their parents. All of this is fine. All […]

High Art

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 26, 2013

This is my first Decatur Arts Festival. It’s like Decatur on steroids. It’s not high brow stuff, for the most part. I suppose you could make the argument that the painted port-o-johns come close to being subversive social commentary. But then you realize that someone probably thought it was cute to paint them. They were […]

Geographic anniversary

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 24, 2013

There are few times I’ve celebrated living in a duplex, but I think this is worth mentioning: I’m approaching my one-year anniversary of living in Decatur.

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