Alabama: Birmingham candidates think outside the box to get inside the tube
The Birmingham News reports: With six weeks before the Birmingham City Council runoff, two of the four candidates seeking to unseat incumbents say televised council meetings are tantamount to free campaign advertising, giving their opponents an unfair advantage.
Kim Rafferty and Elias Hendricks have asked Bright House Networks for free air time to present their platforms on the public access channel because their competitors are on television each Tuesday.
Two other candidates, Sheila Tyson and Leroy Bandy, said they support the request. ...
"We all know that City Council broadcasts are not to show the business of the city, but to show who is the best actor or actress in a comedy or drama series," Rafferty said. "Whether the incumbent is good or bad on TV, they still have that exposure. We need to level the playing field for everyone." -- Read the whole story at --> Birmingham City Council hopefuls want free TV air time too - al.com