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Ray Melick talks the Bibb County officer shooting and related issues on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss the new 1819 Sports Editor Steve Irvine, the Bibb County officer shooting, questioning why the state resorted to a bond issue when they had cash for the mega prisons, 1819 The Podcast with Richard Simmons, the Hovey/Whatley election challenge, the Family Court judge in Montgomery who lost custody of her children for excessive punishment, and the recent SCOTUS string of conservative decisions.

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1819 News names long-time Alabama sportswriter Steve Irvine as Sports Editor

1819 News is proud to announce that long-time Alabama sportswriter Steve Irvine will become Sports Editor of 1819 News, beginning July 1.

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Ray Melick talks Democrat interest in issues that don't seem to resonate with the average voter on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss Democrat interest in issues that don't seem to resonate with the average voter, the potential Democrat generational loss of the political center and the strange circumstances in the primary election runoff challenges.

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Ray Melick: Supreme Court returns the debate to the democratic process, where it always belonged

For those Republicans or Conservative who had trouble voting for Donald Trump in 2016, but did because they hoped his biggest contribution would be on the Supreme Court … This last week has been for you.

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Like old times: Stallions, Stars face off in USFL championship game

The Birmingham Stallions claimed a 31-17 victory Saturday over the New Orleans Breakers to send the team to the inaugural United States Football League Championship Game Sunday. When the Birmingham will play the Philadelphia Stars.

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UAB's Clark announces retirement, effective Aug 1

UAB coach Bill Clark announced his retirement on Friday. The Blazer coach released a statement that he had to make the decision to step away because of his health. Clark said that he needs back surgery for long-term back issues.

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Ray Melick talks Jabari Smith and crossover voting on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss Jabari Smith, Auburn basketball, Tuberville's calling out of the NCAA over Title IX, crossover voting and Alabamians captured by the Russians who were fighting for Ukraine.

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Ray Melick: Democrats voting Republican - can you blame them?

Let’s be honest: how do you know that someone hasn’t simply changed their minds, the way so many of our Democrat-turned-Republican political leaders have done in this state over the last two decades?

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Ray Melick talks the Primary Runoff elections on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss the Primary Runoff, the possibility that the competitive Fifth Congressional District runoff may affect the outcome of other races and the apparent requirement in Alabama that candidates have style and substance.

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Tuberville addresses proposed Senate gun legislation after shooting in Cahaba Heights

Tuberville said he believes red-flag laws should be left up to each state, and he believes that federal grant money being offered to states to enact these laws should also be available to other states for mental health programs.

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Tuberville celebrates first class of U.S. Military Academy appointments

Calling it “refreshing to do something positive,’’ Senator Tommy Tuberville hosted a luncheon to recognize the 12 Alabama students who accepted their appointments to a U.S. service academy.

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Ray Melick talks the Russian capture of two former U.S. military Alabamians in Ukraine on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on Midday Mobile with Sean Sullivan as they discuss the capture of two former U.S. military Alabamians in Ukraine, the Trump endorsement of Katie Britt and the upcoming runoff elections.

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Ray Melick talks the closed primary proposals and Trump's endorsement of Katie Britt on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss the closed primary proposals, Trump's endorsement of Katie Britt and the Secretary of State race.

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Ray Melick talks the Trump endorsement of Katie Britt on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss the Trump endorsement of Katie Britt, the county-by-county ground game that Britt has run, and the apparent difference between Alabama and Florida in that Florida has competitive political races and Republicans there contrast themselves from Democrats.

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Merrill says he is working to improve election integrity, but there is more to the office than that

Since the 2020 election, the office of Secretary of State has been elevated in the public eye as the office responsible for ‘’free and fair” elections, including certification of results.

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USFL discovering Birmingham's reputation as a "foodie" town

“It’s a great food town. … When you talk about a midsize city in this country, I’ve never really been anywhere that has what Birmingham provides. I’m a fan of the little neighborhoods outside of downtown – they are like what we have in Dallas.”

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Ray Melick talks congressional leadership fund PACs on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss why the Alabama U.S. Senate race is the 3rd most expensive in the nation, how congressional leadership fund PACs work and the possible expectations of major donors to campaigns.

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Ray Melick: Money talks in Alabama Senate race, but what is it saying?

Why is this race so important as to be worth $24.5 million from organizations largely outside the state of Alabama? Understand, this is not a race to determine which party controls the Senate in November. Alabama is as safely a Republican seat as there is (notwithstanding the blip that was Doug Jones). The bigger issue for Republicans in November is regaining control of the Senate.

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Ray Melick talks the contested races in the recent Republican Primary election on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on Midday Mobile with Sean Sullivan as they discuss the contested races in the recent Republican Primary election, Democrat crossover voting in the Republican Primary and the upcoming runoff election.

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Ray Melick talks the questions raised by the Executive Director of the Alabama Democratic Party on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss the questions raised by the Executive Director of the Alabama Democratic Party, whether the Republican Party should insist on closed primaries to preclude Democrat crossover voting and the Republican U.S. Senate runoff.

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From middle school to the pros: Stallions' Aubrey proving to be best kicker in USFL

The last football game Birmingham Stallions kicker Brandon Aubrey played in before the first game of the USFL season was in middle school, where he was a wide receiver and kicker. Now he leads the league in points scored with 60 and has made 14 of 16 field goal attempts and 90% of his extra point attempts for the Stallions,

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USFL can't beat Garth Brooks, moves to Legion Field this weekend

The USFL moves from Protective Stadium to Legion Field this weekend, to make way for a sold-out Garth Brooks concert that will be the first in the new stadium. The anticipation for this event has taken over the Uptown are of Birmingham, with a FanFest at UpTown from noon to 6 p.m.

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Ray Melick talks his recent interview with Mike Durant on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on Midday Mobile with Sean Sullivan as they discuss Ray's recent interview with Mike Durant, the influence of Super PACs and the Alabama Secretary of State's assertion that MyPillow's Mike Lindell has no credibility.

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Ray Melick talks his interview with Durant and the U.S. Senate runoff on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss their respective interviews with Mike Durant, the U.S. Senate runoff and the pending release of John Hinckley Jr.

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Durant on election loss: 'The process is as broken as you can possibly imagine'

Mike Durant spent 22 years in the military, including time as a Prisoner of War, and another two decades building a successful business in the cutthroat world of defense contractors. But none of that prepared him for what he called the “corrupt” world of politics and running for office.

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Ray Melick talks crossover voting by Democrats in the Republican Primary on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss crossover voting by Democrats in last week's Republican Primary and the appearance that conservative Alabama doesn't seem to have a fiscally conservative Republican Party.

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Ray Melick talks Alabama voters' "Low T" on FM Talk 1065

Ray Melick talks Alabama voters' "Low T" on FM Talk 1065

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