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WE BET HIS EARS ARE BURNING

The Great Falls(Mont.) Tribune takes note of the problem Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, has with legislation known as the Sportsmen’s Act.

VENEZ BIENTOT

Each month we receive the newsletter from the French consulate in Atlanta. It’s called Bonjour Southeast. The most recent edition notes that Denis Barbet, French consul general in the Southeast, is planning a visit to Alabama next month. He expects to visit Auburn University and the tech sector in Huntsville.

On interesting side note from the newsletter: The French community in Alabama has grown by 10 percent recently, though with only 500 French citizens the total remains low.

RED STATE BLUES

One of the headlines from this year’s presidential election was the continued domination of the Republican Party in the South. Overwhelmingly, Southern states gave their electoral votes to Republican Mitt Romney, who lost the election to President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

This week, the Institute for Southern Studies broke down that talking point and again found out that while the Southern states voted for Romney, Southern voters aren’t categorically red. They’re more purple – a mixture of Republicans and Democrats – than the basic view of the presidential election shows.

As the Institute wrote, “You'd hardly know it from the media frenzy about secession petitions, but in 2012 18.6 million Southerners in 13 states voted for President Obama — about 45 percent of Southern voters — compared to 22.6 million for Romney.”

BIG MONEY

In Alabama, it’s apparently all the rage to get paid when you’re no longer on the job.

Auburn University, which recently fired football coach Gene Chizik, will pay him more than $7 million over a three-year span because of his buyout clause.

Meanwhile, former University of Alabama president Guy Bailey remains on the university payroll with a salary of $535,000 a year. Bailey worked only two months before resigning earlier this year because of his wife’s health.

Alabama considers Bailey to be on “developmental leave” until next August when his paychecks will come to an end.

TALKING CURE

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is hinting at the f-word. No not that one. We’re talking about reform of how the Senate conducts filibusters.

Since the start of the Obama administration Republican senators have used the filibuster card to slow down the president’s legislative agenda.

In pop culture, a filibuster involves a marathon talking session by a senator  seeking to slow down the pace of legislation. Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” is the model.

In modern times, the threat of a lengthy discussion is enough to count as a real filibuster. Filibuster-threatening senators no longer have to actually hold the floor, as the Colbert Report recently pointed out.

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