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Off The Record: The latest rumors and rumblings in North Alabama

 

Sweeter the second time around

Keep your eye on what was once a potential Bass Pro site at I-565 and I-65 in Decatur. The city is completing its overpass project to allow better access to the site and word is that the landowner is meeting with several interested parties and is ready to put a deal – or deals – together.

Gov. Tuberville?

Sen. Tommy Tuberville spoke to more than 600 Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce members this week at a Washington Update Luncheon. The speech was well received and again had some in the crowd speculating the senator, referred to as “Coach” by his staff, was laying some groundwork for a potential run for governor in 2026. The talk continues to circulate, although the senator has openly told close associates that a run for governor is not in his plans.

An ally for Medicaid expansion?

The Alliance of Alabama Healthcare Consumers has announced Robin Stone as executive director. Stone is the former interim director of the Business Council of Alabama and a former Blue Cross Blue Shield executive. Does this mean a united business community will be the driving force behind expanded Medicaid?

Keith considers course

Beleaguered Huntsville City Councilman Devyn Keith is rumored to be weighing other career options and could even retire from politics, according to some sources. Keith has been riding out the controversy surrounding his shoplifting arrests but the heat might prove to be too much.

Signatures certified, election coming

A possible move to a council-manager government for the city of Madison is going to a ballot. A petition calling for a vote to change the city’s form governance has been certified by the Madison County and Limestone County probate judges. While no official word has come out, this means an election date will be set, either by Madison Mayor Paul Finley or Judge Frank Barger. Efforts to hold a city manager vote in Alabama’s ninth-largest city began this past summer.

Mo looking for more

Former U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks is partaking in a vote-whipping effort to become the Fifth District Republican Executive Committee chairman. This comes after Brooks failed to earn the votes needed to hold a seat on the Madison County Republican Executive Committee last month. The body, prior to the ALGOP State Executive Committee meeting, will gather Saturday morning to elect new leadership. Outgoing Chairman Elbert Peters is vacating the position after decades of service to the Republican Party.

Round and round

Will the long-planned roundabout at Burgreen and Brownsferry roads in Madison finally be built? Despite plans being drawn up years ago, the improvement has yet to be made at the impeded intersection. As capital improvement conversations among local leaders get underway, City Councilwoman Connie Spears is speaking up, citing the current four-way stop as a safety issue. Rush hour traffic is frequently backed up all the way to County Line Road.

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