Three ugly words. And they aren't even strong enough. Not nearly. What former Alabama Rep. Oliver Robinson was charged with today - what he agreed to plead guilty to - is taking filthy money. From polluters and their lackeys. To keep poor people - mostly poor black people in and around his own district - from having the toxins pulled from the ground beneath them. There has to be a special circle of Hell for that.
In 2014 the Birmingham City Council went behind closed doors and hammered out a deal to try to lure the Democratic National Convention to Birmingham. Mayor William Bell proposed a list of consultants to make the pitch, and a company called Partnering for Progress, founded by Jefferson County Chief Deputy Tax Assessor John Powe, was one of them. Powe's firm would be paid $100,000 to assist in the campaign -- which failed.
A few points about 24/7 Wall Street ranking Birmingham as the second-worst city in America. 1. Relying on 24/7 Wall Street to tell you what's good and bad is like creating a Twitter account and calling yourself well read. 2. It's all true, in the way statistics are always sorta true. Birmingham is a poor, homicidal home to poorly educated sick people. Depending on how - and what - you see as Birmingham. 3.
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".