By John Gilbert Colon, director, Department of Community Development, City of BirminghamNot unlike the many fearless, righteous, and often times defiant women in pursuit of justice that have disrupted social norms throughout America's history, the City of Birmingham has shaped its own similar history by constantly forging ahead and pushing assumptions aside, not allowing itself to be confined by its past as it charted its own course.
When you look at your receipt at the supermarket, have you ever wondered "Why do Alabamians have to pay taxes on groceries when other states don't?" That's the question readers overwhelmingly voted for us to pursue last week in our Ask Alabama poll. It's a frustration shared by people across the state and the answer isn't immediately satisfying. The tax is overwhelmingly unpopular on both sides of the aisle - but so is the solution.
Clete Wetli is a liberal political activist living in Huntsville and a regular contributor to AL.com. Email Clete at email@example.com or visit cletewetli. com. When Reince Priebus gushed like a giggling schoolgirl, "...thank you for opportunity and blessing you've given us to serve your agenda and the American people" at Trump's first full Cabinet meeting, America finally understood the sycophantic illness of Trump's circular admiration squad.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".