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Bob Riley earns second term as state’s governor

Gov. Bob Riley's "Plan 2010: Our Vision for Alabama" is a thoughtful compilation of the record on which he plans to build a promising future.

Is it achievable?

Probably not the entire plan, but his goals for keeping the state progressing while staying free of political scandal are excellent.

His four-year record gets more than a passing grade and his personal conduct in office reflects favorably on the state. He is the best candidate to lead the state over the next four years.

Ordinarily, a governor running for a second term has enough potholes in the way that winning isn't easy. Gov. Riley's breeze through the Republican primary and now to the general election is the most accurate gauge of his leadership.

Sure, he's been lucky and he's gotten unearned credit for some things by virtue of his office. Yet, he was there to capitalize, or as the saying goes, he was there to make hay while the sun shined.

The dramatic turn around in the economy lifted a financial crisis of gigantic proportions off the governor. The failed economy gave Mr. Riley's first administration a tough launch. He survived and the state thrives today.

His leadership brought greater accountability to government, just as he promised four years ago when rumors of scandal clouded incumbent Don Siegelman's re-election campaign. He kept his promise of open government, honest government.

Gov. Riley is solid on the core issues of public education, industrial development, managing the corrections system, tax cuts, road building and senior citizen concerns.

Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley's campaign as the Democratic challenger is all the more difficult because of the governor's ability to defuse her issues. It's difficult for her to penetrate the good government façade of the Riley administration.

Mr. Riley is a salesman who peddled the right stuff and stayed away from the divisive issues that contribute little or nothing to the state's welfare. His taking office again with four years' experience points to the state about to have its best days ever.

THE DAILY recommends Gov. Bob Riley for re-election on Nov. 7.

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