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Masks are coming off. We know you are excited. Events are being held again. We know you are ecstatic. But after a year in isolation and living in fear, there are many in our community who are not … more
April 7, 2021: As the Regular Legislative Session evolves, I recall years past when George Wallace was governor. George Wallace was definitely a political genius and a master of the legislative … more
On April 9, many of the Safer at Home restrictions are scheduled to expire. While President Joe Biden has called on governors and mayors to extend mask mandates, Gov. Kay Ivey has indicated that she … more
March 31, 2021: Last week we alerted you to the fact that next year will be a banner year in Alabama politics. The governor, lieutenant governor and all other statewide constitutional offices are … more
A trucks-only bridge over the Mobile River and repainting the lines on the Bayway to add a third lane each way might not be the concept some had in mind when improved access across Mobile Bay was … more
All signs point to a Titanic political year in 2022. In fact, as I look back over the last six decades of my observations of Alabama politics, next year may be the most momentous. Most states … more
Safeguarding the election process from fraud is essential to preserving our democratic republic. Across the United States, honest citizens want honest elections. Preventing election fraud … more
One year. One year of isolation. Fear. Anger. Sickness. Death. One year of giving a helping hand. Of learning what matters most. One year of communities working together here and around the … more
The Legislature is at the midway point of the 2021 Regular Legislative Session. They have used 15 days of their allotted 30-day legislative session. The Senate has been consumed with attempting to … more
During all the grim economic news of 2020, it appeared last December that Spanish Fort might be getting a Christmas present in the upcoming year. Company representatives of the giant distributor … more
Historically, political power in the state has rested in the rural counties. Birmingham has been the home of the “Big Mules,” where the money that fueled the gubernatorial campaigns came from, … more
Baldwin County is not only Alabama’s fastest growing county and the largest in the state geographically, it is also a collection of cities and towns with a variety of history and … more
In 1998 Governor Don Siegelman ran for Governor of Alabama on a platform of proposing that his administration would enact legislation creating a state lottery. It would be patterned after Georgia’s … more
The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the structural weakness in the Alabama Department of Public Health. Unknown to most Alabamians is that the ADPH is not a Cabinet agency and that it reports to a … more
Benefactor or Ideologue Over the years, I have discussed my observations and concepts of the two different roles or routes taken by a U.S. Senator or Congressman during their tenure in … more
Recently, all five Baldwin County Chambers of Commerce, after polling their members for input, released a jointly-derived recommended 2021 legislative agenda. It is a comprehensive overview of … more
After a year and a half of waiting, drivers wondering if plans for improved access across Mobile Bay were stalled forever got good news in the form of a letter from Montgomery. Gov. Kay Ivey told … more
In only 21 short months, at the close of 2022, Alabama will lose the greatest senator in our state’s history. Those of us who are political historians will acknowledge Richard Shelby as Alabama’s … more
The COVID-19 pandemic is still very real in Alabama. Our state recently crossed the 125,000-case threshold, while more than 2,000 people with the coronavirus have tragically passed away. … more
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