Riley's Future

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Many Alabamians opened their newspapers Tuesday to find advertising inserts from Gov. Bob Riley.

Some political observers say that the department-store style ads indicate that Riley will run for re-election.

His 12-page "State of the State" insert focuses on the two years since his 2003 inauguration. The ad makes no mention of what the Republican governor plans to do in 2006.

But some people, like House Speaker Seth Hammett, think the insert is proof that Riley will seek re-election. Hammett says he's thought for some time that Riley will run again.

The governor's communications director says Riley has made no decision about his political future. He says Riley won't announce his plans until after the Legislature's upcoming session ends in May.