In an article, "A National Strategy Funds State Political Monopolies," the Times examined the fiscal blueprints of states that are led today largely by a single political party. Alabama, with a Republican governor and a Republican Legislature, is one of those states.
The Times began its story with GOP Chairman Mike Hubbard of Auburn, telling how he orchestrated the 2010 election. It wrote, "Exploiting a loophole in the state law and a network of political action committees in Alabama and Washington, Mr. Hubbard shuffled hundreds of thousands of out-of-state dollars into the Republican organization in Alabama, vastly outraising the state Democratic Party. On Election Day, Republicans won majorities in both the State Senate and House of Representatives for the first time since Reconstruction — and Alabama joined the rapidly growing fraternity of states where government is controlled by a single political party, now the largest it has been in more than half a century."
It's a compelling read for all Alabamians, regardless of their political preferences.
-- Phillip Tutor