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Tax, tax relief Alabama News
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.

House Reps Alabama News
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.

U.S. Capital money Alabama News
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. 

Craig Monger Alabama News
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.

Breakfast Alabama News
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.

API Justin Bogie Alabama News
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.

Mike Hubbard Alabama News
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.

AL State House Lon Worley Alabama News
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.

Amie Beth Shaver2 Alabama News
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.

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy Alabama News
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.

Basketball Court Alabama News
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.

Homeschool Alabama News
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.

Gadsden flag Alabama News
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.

Toilet Alabama News
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.

Edwards Bell Tower Birmingham Southern College Alabama News
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.

Sean of the south Alabama News
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.

2023 new year's resolution list Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Five resolutions for Alabama’s government in 2023

The new year is a time for all Alabamians to reflect on the past and make new resolutions for change. A few resolutions for Alabama’s government are in order to improve the lives of its citizens and the state’s job creators.

API Justin Bogie Alabama News
Justin Bogie talks the Senator Richard Shelby legacy 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 legacy of Richard Shelby and the hope that the new Congress will rein in spending to drive down historic inflation.

Lincoln Memorial Alabama News
Joey Clark: Politics as the art of the possible

If politics is truly the “art of the possible,” how exactly would you know what was possible under the powerful aegis of political control? 

DEI blocks Alabama News
Phil Williams: Where merit goes to die

DEI is where merit goes to die, where failure becomes an acceptable norm, and success becomes a crime. We must return to being a merit-based society.

New Year Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Resolutions society needs

Here are the suggested New Year resolutions that should cover everyone in some shape or form.

Prayer, faith Alabama News
Ashley Carter: A new year centered around Christ and not ourselves

Even in the midst of all the uncertainty and inconveniences we face, we know God is with us. We know that His plan is perfect and there is a reason for everything. If we go into this next year knowing and trusting in that, how much of a difference would that make for you and everyone around you?

Fentanyl, drugs Alabama News
Amie Beth Shaver: Fentanyl is a scourge that’s ravaging our state and nation

Fen­tanyl works by bind­ing to the body’s opi­oid re­cep­tors—found in the ar­eas of the brain that con­trol pain and emo­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tute on Drug Abuse.

Twitter Alabama News
Matt Clark: The Twitter Files and COVID

Elon Musk revealed that Twitter actively worked with the government to suppress information about COVID-19 that the government did not like.

COVID vaccine Alabama News
KCarl Smith: We are not your slaves

There are plenty of reasons to suspect that the many thousands of unexpected deaths of young athletes and others in our country over the last two years have resulted from jabs of the government-mandated/promoted fake vaccines.  

Sen. Richard Shelby Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Richard Shelby’s retirement could mean less federal dependency, more fiscal responsibility for Alabama and the nation

Some Alabamians may think it is great that Senator Shelby has brought so much “bacon” back to Alabama. But is it really?

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