The State According to Bob
Riley's speech was half promotion and half laundry list. The first part of the speech discussed the progress (according to Riley) the state has made over the past few years while the second laid out specific policy goals to undertake during this legislative session.
Among his goals for the session are tax cuts, education spending increases, and property tax reform, all which look relatively likely to occur in some form or another. He also jumped aboard a bill targeting violence against an "unborn child" advocated by GOP legislators. Riley also listed legislative term limits, child pornography, and public safety as his focuses for the next session.
One area I hadn't seen mentioned before the speech was that of lobbying reform. Riley's bill calling for the disclosure of lobbyist spending might be a reaction to the corruption investigations surrounding some national GOP leaders. As I've discussed before Riley has a history with some of the culprits in that scandal and pushing lobbying reform might be the governor's defense against potential attacks.
Among those issues not addressed by Riley: immigration, constitutional reform, capital punishment, Bible literacy, 10 Commandments. Those are all topics that have some constituency in the legislature looking for some action.
Riley's speech seems solid enough, but of course it is just rhetoric. It is the actions, not the words, taken over the next few months that will go a long way in determining who delivers the next State of the State.