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Vote Alabama News
KCarl Smith: Why we need to vote

No war, no Constitutional amendment, nor any number of laws will be sufficient to ensure that the God-given freedom and rights of all common Americans, including black Americans, other minorities and women are respected and equally protected in the United States for as long as the Democratic Party leaders and corrupt Republicans who help them hold any power in our country.

Albert patterson Alabama News
Amie Beth Shaver: Did good men and women do nothing?

I bet you’ve never heard of Albert Patterson. But, you should have.  Because it turns out that he's a hero—one of Alabama's best. 

Tax, tax relief Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Permanent tax relief is 'very important' to Alabamians

The argument that an economic recession is coming, and the state must be fiscally responsible to weather that storm, does not line up with the actions of the legislature over the last four years. 

Craig Monger Alabama News
1819 News Reporter Craig Monger talks 'reparation' vs. 'reparations' on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Reporter Craig Monger on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss the controversy U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville finds himself in regarding "reparation," the word that recordings prove he used at a Trump rally over the weekend, and "reparations," which Democrats and most of the Alabama media claim he said.

Stephanie Holden Smith Alabama News
1819 News Contributor Stephanie Holden Smith talks taxation on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Contributor Stephanie Holden Smith on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss taxation in Alabama and how Stephanie has reluctantly come to the conclusion that such a statement as "there isn't a dime's worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats" is sadly true in Alabama with regard to taxing and spending.

Money, capitol, capital, donations Alabama News
Joey Clark: Extreme moderation is America’s greatest vice

While most of the corporate press continues to squash our collective brains in a partisan vise of sound and fury signifying nothing this election season, the 117th Congress continues to exhibit the greatest vice afflicting modern American politics — moderation. 

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Stop taxation gaslighting in Alabama

The incremental nature of taxation aids in its universal acceptance, but one point should be made in regards to government money: it doesn’t exist.

Statue of Liberty, flag Alabama News
Phil Williams: The American Dream still lives

Has America changed? Are we the same US of A that these two gentlemen grew up in and so capably served?

Parker Crowe Alabama News
Ashley Carter: The joy of being a grandparent

I honestly don’t think anyone can prepare you for the overwhelming joy that comes with being a grandparent.

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Randy Tatano: How school pickup once became a network story

These days I know I should not be on the road at 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. Because that’s when parents turn into chauffeurs to drop off or pick up their little darlings and turn the local streets into the departure lane at a major airport.

Sean of the south Alabama News
Sean of the South: The helpers

The hotel parking lot. Early afternoon. He was packing his truck. Slamming toolbox lids. Reorganizing luggage in the rear cab. Iowa plates.

US Supreme Court by Claire Anderson Alabama News
Matt Clark: Analyzing oral argument on the redistricting case

Let’s take each of the conservative-leaning justices and see how they think.

Stephanie Holden Smith Alabama News
1819 News Contributor Stephanie Holden Smith talks educational freedom on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Contributor Stephanie Holden Smith on Midday Mobile with Sean Sullivan as they discuss educational freedom with Alabama being third in the country in per-pupil spending but 52nd in the country in some categories of testing.

CASINO GAMBLING GAMING LOTTERY BETTING Alabama News
Gerald Dial: Supreme Court casino decisions an insult to every Republican

In the early 80s we provided some incentives to recruit Mercedes to locate a factory in Alabama. 

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1819 News Contributor Amie Beth Shaver talks extreme comprehensive sex education on News Talks 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Contributor Amie Beth Shaver on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss extreme comprehensive sex education which aims at children as young as four years old.

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KCarl Smith: Legal immigration protects all Americans

Construction of our border wall has been stopped, and many millions of dollars have been wasted. Violent criminals and outright enemies of our country are flowing into the U.S. and harming Americans in many ways.

A businessman puts two puzzles with the words Tax and Relief. The concept of reducing the debt burden on business and local production to increase the competitiveness of their products. Economy stock photo Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Another 'record' surplus in 2022 proves that Alabama can afford historic tax relief

Last Friday marked the end of the 2022 fiscal year. For state government, it was another record-breaking year.

Family, marriage Alabama News
Amie Beth Shaver: Junior's lesson about bravery and true love

We met a man named Junior. And we learned about bravery and true love. 

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1819 News Assistant Editor Caleb Taylor talks gambling on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Assistant Editor Caleb Taylor on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss gambling in Arkansas, with which Caleb is familiar, and gambling/"games of skill" legislation that may be introduced in the 2023 Alabama regular legislative session.

Stephanie Holden Smith Alabama News
1819 News Contributor Stephanie Holden Smith talks school choice on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Contributor Stephanie Holden Smith on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss school choice and the puzzling pride that school administrators have, wanting control over homeschool and religious school students when state test scores are at or near the worst of all the states.

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Joey Clark: Power is impatient — A short reflection on 1 Corinthians 13

Power delights in its own effectual evils but does so while claiming to rejoice with the good of its aims. Power’s desired ends always justify any possible means. 

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Educational freedom should mean freedom for every Alabama student

School Choice is a hot button issue in Alabama and nationwide. But what is school choice? More importantly, what is it not, and what should or could it be?

Phil williams Alabama News
Phil Williams: Saint Maurice proved 'doin' right ain't hard'

The Order of Saint Maurice medallion is an award given to honor those who are inducted into the Order for their roles contributing to or serving in the U.S. Army Infantry. 

Ashley Carter Alabama News
Ashley Carter: Being a woman is a beautiful thing

As I got older, I began to realize that all of the things that I loved doing came naturally to me. I loved holding the little babies, and I didn’t mind taking care of the home and cooking. I enjoyed all of it and knew in my heart that I wanted to be a mom.

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Randy Tatano: Hurricane coverage needs a change

So, why do we cover hurricanes the way we do? Because many years ago some television executive decided we needed to be “dramatic.”

Sean of the South NEW Alabama News
Sean of the South: Autumn in Birmingham

The first day of fall arrived in Birmingham. It came frighteningly quick. Yesterday it was summer, hotter than the hinges of hades. This morning it was cold as gumballs.

Electric Vehicles, charging Alabama News
Emma Gibney: The free market should drive electric vehicle sales, not the government

These “incentives,” in the form of government subsidies, have been utilized to create a market for electric vehicles. In reality, the market’s demand for electric vehicles doesn’t match the current interest with government regulation and subsidies.

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