Alabama's Rising Stars ?
Here's their list from 2003 when they did the same thing (I'm just pulling the names from their list, you'll have to go the actual blog to read their comments on each individual).
State Rep. Mike Hubbard (R)
State Sen. Curt Lee (R)
State Sen. Harri Anne Smith (R)
Atty Stephen Black (D)
Businessman Greg Foster (D)
Atty Pam Slate (D)
Atty Susan Kennedy (D)
Interesting list. I won't be too critical because hindsight is 20/20, but it looks like only one of those on the list (Hubbard) is likely to be in office come 2007.
And here is their new list of future stars (and again there are comments about each on the NJ blog).
AL GOP Chair Twinkle Cavanaugh (R)
AG Troy King (R)
Auditor Beth Chapman (R)
Judge Sue Bell Cobb (D)
Mobile Dist Atty John Tyson Jr. (D)
AL Dem Chair/'98/'02 AL 03 nominee Joe Turnham (D)
State Sen. Maj. Leader Zeb Little (D)
(They also give an honorable mention to Artur Davis (D) and one of his staffers, Corey Ealons (D).)
Lots of big names on this list. But I am not sure people like King and Chapman, who already hold statewide office, can be called "future stars". And a couple on this list (Andress and Turnham) have already tried their hand out at elective politics only to return to the sidelines.
Tyson, Cobb, and Little are understandable choices. But Cobb will have to get some help from the GOP primary to break the Republican stranglehold on the Supreme Court. And Little's future stock nearly fell to earth with his ambivalence about seeking re-election. Tyson, however, is a good choice as he is currently a county official and after the 2006 elections could find himself as the highest ranking Democrat in the state.
I'll also point out that they mentioned both parties presumed nominees for the AG's race (King and Tyson). It's going to be hard for them both to be "rising stars" as one will have his statewide hopes dashed in November. On the other hand, at least they'll get one right.
I've been kicking around the idea of doing a "rising star" list of my own in some form or another. So keep an eye out for it in the week or two.