Winner and Loser of the Week
Officially, Civil Appeals Judge Glenn Murdock's campaign for a seat on the State Supreme Court began this week as he publicly announced his candidacy. Unofficially, Murdock claimed the mantle of frontrunner in his race against Jean Brown as representatives of the BCA joined his long term allies in the evangelical community in promoting his candidacy. Given the unification of the long sparring GOP factions, Murdock is now a heavy favorite to win not just the primary, but also the general.
Runner-up: Legislative Democrats
The decision of Zeb Little to stick around another term saves the Democrats from having tough fights in Cullman on their hands in both the Senate and the House. A retiring Little coupled with the expected open Neal Morrison House seat would have given Republicans even more targets to chip away (or even possibly erase) the Democratic majority.
Loser of the Week : Neal Morrison
Neal Morrison didn't do anything to earn this designation, but circumstances forced it upon him. After the recent death of Jack Venable, Morrison vied for the vacant chair of the House Rules Committee. Speaker Seth Hammett passed over Morrison and, in an unusual move, awarded the chair to Majority Leader Ken Guin. Then when Zeb Little looked likely to relinquish his state senate seat in the 2006 elections, all eyes turned to Morrison as the logical successor. However, before Morrison could even measure the drapes in the Senate office, Little announced his bid for re-election. So Morrison was passed over for promotion for the second time in a matter of weeks. Don't feel too bad for him though, he did get the chair of the House Constitution and Elections Committee and the smart money still has him winding up in the Senate sooner or later.
Runner-up: Jean Brown : She probably deserves this distinction, but she's had a tough week already. Actually she's had a tough year and a half. No need to pile on. I do think she'd be smart to find another race. Nobody likes a two-time loser.
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