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Justin Bogie: How Washington’s looming debt limit fight could impact you

The federal government expects to reach the statutory debt limit this Thursday, setting up another high-profile political showdown in Washington. But what does that mean for the nation, and how might it impact Alabamians?

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Justin Bogie talks the upcoming Alabama legislative session on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Fiscal and Budget Reporter Justin Bogie on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss the upcoming Alabama legislative session in comparison with the policy goals of surrounding states.

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Joey Clark: Playing the special interests game

If you wish to survive, thrive and lead in Washington D.C., it seems you must prove you are willing and able to play the long game, squeezing special interests and the general populace out of their money.

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1819 News Contributor Amie Beth Shaver talks state worship on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Contributor Amie Beth Shaver on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss state worship and how people who refuse to believe that the state has a corner market on truth can be canceled.

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Phil Williams: The dehumanization of turning Mawmaw into fertilizer

What we do with living, breathing, soul-filled humans—or their remains once they’ve passed—should never be based solely on questions of cultural convenience, finances, logistics or selfish emotion.

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Ashley Carter: Fixing school discipline problems starts at home

Blame for lack of discipline isn’t solely the fault of the public schools. In fact, true respect and discipline starts within the home, not the classroom or the daycare we drop our children off at every day.

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Randy Tatano: Those were the good ol’ days

Young people apparently have no idea how different life was before the advent of technology turned this country into one ruled by Skynet. So I started thinking of all the great stuff from the “good old days” that no longer exists.

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Amie Beth Shaver: While you were sleeping the masks came back

The nurse quietly handed me a yellow face mask as I groggily awoke. “While you were asleep, the hospital re-enacted their mask mandate.”

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Justin Bogie: Alabama lawmakers should ‘do more’ with historic surplus

“We can do more.” That was the message Alabama’s newly elected Speaker of the House gave lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon. But what does doing “more” mean?

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Matt Clark: Alabama pensions may be funding woke causes

Most of us haven’t cared where investors put our money as long as those investments produce good results. But in 2023, we’re starting to ask questions, both from a moral and financial standpoint.

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Justin Bogie talks the state grocery tax on FM Talk 1065

Listen to the Alabama Policy Institute's Senior Director of Fiscal Policy Justin Bogie on Midday Mobile with Sean Sullivan as they question why Alabama leadership doesn't seem to be interested in repealing the grocery tax when Alabama is one of only three states that still fully tax groceries, the state has historic budget surpluses and such a move would provide real relief to Alabamians suffering under the current inflationary economy.

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KCarl Smith: A House finally united

Far from how mass media tried to make it appear, last week’s work in the U.S. House of Representatives may turn out to be the most productive and useful to Americans in recent memory.

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Former U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks: Congressmen secretly up compensation by over $39,000

Congressional compensation increases should be used to attract better candidates for Congress, not reward those who happen to win. 

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1819 News Reporter Craig Monger talks the new Alabama House of Representatives rules on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Reporter Craig Monger on The Jeff Poor Show on FM Talk 106.5 as they discuss the new Alabama House of Representatives rules, which appear to stifle debate on amendments and make the legislative process less transparent.

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Sean of the South: Breakfast King

The kid is an artist. He stands behind the flat top grill, flipping eggs. I am at your quintessential American eatery. It’s raining. But it’s warm inside. And I’m happy here.

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Justin Bogie talks legislative transparency on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to the Alabama Policy Institute's Senior Director of Fiscal Policy Justin Bogie on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss the rule changes that will be debated in the Alabama legislature beginning Tuesday.

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Joey Clark: Mike Hubbard and the question of political revenge

Former Alabama Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, was released from prison on Jan. 8, 2023. As a free man, Hubbard must now choose his fate.

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Justin Bogie: Why Alabamians should pay attention to this week’s organizational session

No legislation will pass during the organizational session, but that does not mean that it will not shape the next four years of public policy. We should all be paying attention.

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1819 News Contributor Amie Beth Shaver talks congressional bullies on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Contributor Amie Beth Shaver on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss the fact that when power checks power then liberty tends to breathe, as shown by the concessions conservatives received in the recent U.S. House Speaker election.

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Phil Williams: Debating the debate in Congress

It would be far more concerning if there had been no debate in Congress this past week. What we saw was healthy. It was truly democracy in action.

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Randy Tatano: Death on an Alabama basketball court

The death of an athlete in any sport is rare, but after the very visible collapse of Damar Hamlin, the potential for it is front and center in minds across the country.

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Ashley Carter: I regret that my family didn’t homeschool earlier

One of the best things about homeschooling was the overwhelming peace that leaving the public school system brought. The constant battle we experienced there became too much.

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Amie Beth Shaver: Don’t tread on me, congressional bullies

Whether or not U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wins the race for Speaker, the whole situation has revealed a more significant issue: there are too many bullies in D.C.

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Matt Clark: A win for opposite-sex school bathrooms at the 11th Circuit

Liberal lawyers across the country have successfully persuaded federal judges to read LGBT rights into the law that are simply not there. The Adams case appears to be the first major decision from a federal circuit court that went the other way.

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Justin Bogie: Should Alabama taxpayers bail out Birmingham-Southern College?

Birmingham Southern College (BSC) says that it needs a $37.5 million infusion of cash to continue operations. Now it is asking state and local officials to lobby Gov. Kay Ivey for bailout funds.

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KCarl Smith: Damar Hamlin and mass media's narrative problem

The mainstream media's determination to avoid connecting Damar Hamlin's collapse with the COVID vaccine is just another example of the corrupt narrative that pervades mass media.

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Sean of the South: 2023

The dusk is reflecting off Douglas Lake. I am nestled in the French Broad River valley, seated on the porch of a log cabin, watching the Great Smoky Mountains continue to be Great.

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