North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

November 6, 2012

NJN/am for Tuesday, November 6

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

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It’s Tuesday — but this Tuesday is like no other…

Weather: Polls point to rain. It will be a little chilly and fairly wet as you head to your polling place today. Highs will be in the upper 50s with lows in the lower 40s. The chance of rain is 30 percent, mainly before lunch, and 20 percent tonight. Skies will clear on Wednesday.

Now it’s your turn. It is presidential Election Day today, as America’s voters choose between Democrat incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The last run of the major national polls have the race pretty much dead even, with Gallup and Rasmussen both having Romney a percentage point ahead. Here in Alabama there are several down-ballot races, including former Chief Justice Roy Moore trying to reclaim his old seat against Robert Vance, and incumbent 6th District Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-Vestavia Hills) heavily favored against challenger Penny Bailey (D-Leeds). There’s also a slew of constitutional amendments for your consideration. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“To faithfully execute the office...” Meanwhile, the winners of the recent municipal elections were sworn into office Monday night. A council comprised of four new members out of five took the oath in Gardendale, with Stan Hogeland being chosen as the new council president — a new role necessitated by the city going over the 12,000-resident mark. Johnny Ragland was sworn in as Warrior’s new mayor, along with a new council, at a ceremony at the old National Guard Armory. Kimberly’s ceremony was much more subdued — it was merely a part of a regularly-scheduled council meeting.

Sports: Saints let the good times roll. Patrick Robinson picked off a Michael Vick pass at the New Orleans 1-yard line, and ran it back 99 yards for a touchdown as the Saints beat Philadelphia 28-13. Vick was also sacked seven times…  College football: Joker Phillips was fired Monday as coach at Kentucky, after the Wildcats were humiliated 40-0 by Vanderbilt — Vandy! — on Saturday. The Cats are winless in the SEC and have just one victory. Along the way, they also lost to Western Kentucky — roughly analogous to Alabama losing to UAB, if the two would ever play each other; this was the first meeting between the Hilltoppers and Wildcats. [Full disclosure: This reporter is a proud Western alumnus, and still in full gloat mode.] Phillips will finish the season; UK hosts Samford on Nov. 17… NBA: Jim Durham, the play-by-play voice for the league’s games on ESPN Radio and before that for the Chicago Bulls on WGN television and radio, died Monday at his Texas home. He was 65, and the case of death was not made public. Durham worked his final game last Tuesday.