OFFENBLOGGER: Great times & heartache in today’s Birmingham

By CHUCK OFFENBURGER BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 16, 2014 — We loved our recent five-day stay here. We especially loved it that our football team, the Vanderbilt Commodores, won their bowl game. Beyond that, experiencing the historic portrayals of Birmingham’s place in America’s civil rights history was eye-opening and powerful.  Sampling life in the “new” Birmingham was…

OFFENBLOGGER: After 40 years, he is now going caucus-less

By CHUCK OFFENBURGER COOPER, Iowa, Jan. 21, 2014 — The Iowa precinct political caucuses are going to be held tonight, and as best as I can recall, I will not be attending a caucus for the first time in more than 40 years.  That’s because these are the first caucuses being held since I abandoned both the Republican and…