Weekend Winners and Losers -- 01/07
Tammy Irons - Despite a late effort by Bob Riley, Republicans failed to find a top-tier candidate in the upcoming special election in State House District 001, leaving Democrat Tammy Iron as a near lock to win the seat.
Sue Bell Cobb - The presumptive Democratic nominee for Chief Justice recently boasted of a campaign warchest somewhere between 240K - 270K. While most eyes are on the potential primary battle between Tom Parker and Drayton Nabers, Cobb's fundraising prowess demonstrates she'll be a tough opponent in November no matter which Republican emerges.
Alabama Taxpayers - A recent study shows that Alabama is getting the short end of the stick when it comes to securing federal Homeland Security funds. When comparing per-capita DHS spending with terror risk assessment, there are several states with lower "terror risk" levels than Alabama which receive more federal dollars. Alabama receives the 5th lowest per-capita funding ($6.24) of all 50 states, while several states with lower terror risk threats (AK, NM, MS, ID, MT, WY, NH, ME and others) receive up to two or three times as much funding.