Let’s talk to Birmingham City Council candidate Jordan Thompson

In addition to electing a mayor this summer, we’re also electing a city council, too, Birmingham. I say we start talking to (and writing about) them now.

The sooner we start a public conversation with potential candidates, the more we can learn about those seeking public office in August. Tonight it’s all about District 2 candidate, Jordan Thompson.

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Birmingham, Alabama mayoral candidate interview: Randall Woodfin

It’s time for another Birmingham mayoral candidate interview. This is the second one in my series, and it features Randall Woodfin. My last one featured Randy Davis.

Although the Jefferson County Election Commission has until June 23 to officially call the upcoming Birmingham municipal election set for August 22, potential candidates are already blazing their own campaign trails.

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Award-winning Native American sculptor hosts free talk at BSC

She’s the first Native American to ever have an outdoor sculpture installed at the National Mall in Washington D.C. and was recently honored by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Nora Naranjo Morse is serious about the power of women and the legacy of the Pueblos.

 

Nora Naranjo Morse, via Birmingham Southern College

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Remember when Zagat named Birmingham one of the ‘hottest food cities’ in the US’? We’re still rocking the title.

Back in December Zagat named the Magic City as one of the nation’s top new culinary spots, ranking right up there with San Francisco, New York and Chicago. Since we were fortunate enough to nab this distinctive recognition from the world’s most exhaustive restaurant rating’s guide, Birmingham has added even more places to eat, drink and be merry in 2017

The Cuban sandwich from Cosecha Urban Kitchen. Via Cosecha Urban Kitchen.

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Alabama’s Jeff Sessions, the Senator turned Attorney General, turned media bad boy

Alright, Mr. Sessions, I hope you’re ready for your closeup, because you’ve been shining in the public spotlight since your February Senate confirmation.

This week has been a long one, particularly, from that Russian contacts controversy that the Washington Post first disclosed last Wednesday, to a starring snub in Saturday Night Live’s most-recent opening skit.

You know, the one that combined “Forrest Gump”, that infamous pie scene from “The Help” and you, all rolled up onto one park bench.

Octavia Spencer and Kate McKinnon on SNL, spoofing AG Jeff Sessions. Image via NBC.

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Jefferson County’s $100 million school tax vote set for March 7

Mark your calendars for March 7, Jefferson county voters. Because that’s the day school officials need voter approval to continue levying two district taxes and two county-wide taxes that provide basic education funding.

The combined taxes produce more than $100 million annually, and that money is shared by each district according to student population.

If you’re headed to the polls, you may be asking: Are these taxes new? And, what exactly is being funded with them?

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This Birmingham business just invested $16 million to make recyclable takeout containers

There’s good news for green business here in Birmingham, as a local company moves away from Styrofoam food packaging to a more eco-friendly alternative.

A joint venture between a consumer-packaging company called Sonoco and a recycled-fiber packaging company called Cascades are putting big bucks into its Birmingham-based plant, and the new water-based product that they’re manufacturing means additional jobs, too. About 20, according the Birmingham Business Journal.

Image via cascades-sonoco.com

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