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Phil williams Alabama News
Phil Williams: Hot sauce liberals

Think about it. In recent days President Biden himself has said that the pain at the pump right now is a “necessary part of the transition.” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said that it is well known that the current electrical grid infrastructure cannot sustain the push to reach Biden’s electric vehicle goals of 50% total usage by 2030.

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Readers' React: To 'furries,' boldness and voter rolls in Alabama

Stephanie, I agree with your article 100%. When we believe that the Church is a place for worship, evangelism, and missions instead of politics and division and condemning to hell, then the boldest way and the only way the church can speak is through evangelism and missions, salt and light in government education and in the marketplace of institutions. Jesus went to the Samaritan woman at the well.  The politicians and church leaders nailed Him on the cross for doing that.

Parker snider Alabama News
Parker Snider: Illinois eliminating grocery tax for a year

The Illinois legislature, which is dominated by Democrats, voted almost unanimously in favor of suspending the 1% sales tax on groceries in April. Part of a package deemed the “Family Relief Plan,” Illinois’ budget for this year also includes a pause on increasing the state’s gas tax, tax rebate checks of $50-$100 per person, $520 million in property tax credits for homeowners, and an expanded sales tax holiday for school supplies and clothing. 

Sean of the south Alabama News
Sean of the South: South Carolina

I stop at a little seafood joint. The place is surrounded by marshland grass, a wide-open sky, scattered live oaks, and roughly 8 million Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The place looks like a tourist trap on crack. But it’s getting late, so I go inside and order a beer.

Richard simmons NEWEST Alabama News
Richard Simmons: Love and marriage

Modern people seem to be driven by their feelings and no doubt Hollywood has had something to do with that, particularly when it comes to our feelings and romantic love. It is as if we can abdicate our responsibilities in marriage if we lose our feelings toward our spouse.

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Justin Bogie: Did the World Games live up to the promises made to taxpayers?

When Birmingham won its bid to host the 2021 World Games in 2015, it was expected to be a major boom for the area. At the time, organizers projected that the economic impact would be $256.5 million against a projected cost of $75 million. But now that the World Games have come and gone, was it worth the price? Did expectations live up to reality?

Parker snider Alabama News
Parker Snider: On abortion, the Alabama legislature did it right

All in all, the legislature did the abortion issue right and we are seeing the fruit of their labor today. The now-effective Human Life Protection Act is true to pro-life principles, will keep women from prosecution, and represents Alabama’s conservative values well. It is a morally just law of which our state ought to be proud. It was not a haphazard political stunt but a good and thoughtful policy that considered what implementation might look like if the ban were ever allowed to go into effect.

Matt Clark Alabama News
Matt Clark: We're about to federalize polygamy

While the Political Left has been reeling from defeats lately - from the Supreme Court overruling Roe to parents fighting back against woke indoctrination of their kids- the Left has been making progress on one issue: passing a federal law that will further break down marriage.

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Ray Melick talks climate change/global warming/global cooling 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 climate change/global warming/global cooling, Biden gaffes, Parker Griffith's assessment of the Alabama Democratic Party, and Greenetrack's $76 million tax assessment.

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KCarl Smith: FDR values and strategy works

Every now and then, I am asked this question regarding the Frederick Douglass Republican (FDR) Engagement Strategy. Based on real-world experiences, the FDR Engagement Strategy has been test-marketed thoroughly with mind-blowing positive results. There are hundreds, if not thousands of success stories and testimonials I could share with you. However, for the sake of brevity, here are a couple of success stories and a testimonial:

Dan sutter Alabama News
Daniel Sutter: Can sports drive economic growth?

Birmingham hosted the World Games this summer on the heels of the revived United States Football League’s inaugural season. The World Games had a projected quarter billion-dollar impact and brought thousands to Birmingham. Can sports drive prosperity for Birmingham and Alabama?

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Amie Beth Shaver: Of 'furries,' and speaking up for our kids

I asked about the teachers. She said they don't, or won't, say anything to the furries. A furry? Meaning, a kid who identifies as an animal and can dress like it, too? Yes. A furry. At a school near you.

FM Talk 1065 Alabama News
Ray Melick talks SEC Media Days on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss SEC Media Days, political races with their fundraising and potential seniority factors, and medical marijuana and its lack of transparency in the process.

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Joey Clark: Decline is not in the American heart

As I drive through my boyhood neighborhood to visit my grandfather, I can’t help but notice the many American flags twisting in the wind here in the Heart of Dixie. Some of the flags truly exemplify the name “Old Glory,” worn down and weathered by time and the elements. Others, flags so new you can still see their packing creases, burst ever so bright and bold — glaring red, white, and blue in the Alabama sun.

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Let us speak boldly!

"The old canard says, ‘You can’t legislate morality.’ The truth is you can’t avoid legislating morality. Every law says, ‘It’s not okay to do this thing’ or ‘You must do this thing.’ Every law legislates morality.  Morality will be legislated. The only question is, whose morality?” (God, Caesar, and Idols, by Rick D. Boyer)

Phil williams Alabama News
Phil Williams: Nowhere else to go

Recently I saw a picture on social media that caught my attention. It was one of thousands that were in my feed that day, but it stuck with me more than most. It was just a picture of a normal looking guy holding up a sign. I’ll get back to the reasons why that picture was such a draw in a minute.

Parker snider Alabama News
Parker Snider: Tennessee launches school choice voucher program this year

Starting this upcoming school year, families in Tennessee will be able to enroll in a school choice program that allows eligible students to use taxpayer dollars to attend private schools.  On Wednesday, a Tennessee court lifted its injunction against the Education Savings Account program, which was originally signed into law in 2019. As a result, Governor Bill Lee announced that the program would be active starting this fall.

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Richard Simmons: The power of shame

I am discovering that many men suffer silently from shame. Shame has so much to do with the way you see yourself. Your sense of value and worth as a person. Shame generally is a result of perceived failure — whether it be business failure, financial failure, athletic failure, academic failure, relational failure or moral failure.

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

Jack was laid to rest today at 12 p.m. sharp. It was a small service in the Peterson’s backyard. There were folding chairs. Jack’s pinewood box was decorated with white flowers and his favorite chew toys.

Matt Clark Alabama News
Matt Clark: The good news is, AG Marshall will enforce abortion ban

This week, I have good news: Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall will enforce the law, even if local prosecutors don’t.

Parker snider Alabama News
Parker Snider: Beware the rule of the philosopher kings

According to ancient Greek philosopher Plato, it is the great philosophers who are best suited to govern society. Known as “philosopher kings,” they use wisdom, Plato says, to determine how society should operate. Ours is not a country governed by philosopher kings. The Founding Fathers, instead, predicated our government as one of the people. And it is Congress, the gathering of popularly elected representatives, which is given that weighty law-writing authority.

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Ray Melick talks adoption in post-Roe Alabama on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on Midday Mobile with Sean Sullivan as they discuss the irrational domestic and foreign U.S. energy policy, Ukraine, adoption in post-Roe Alabama, and lowering the qualifications for teachers.

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Ray Melick talks the spendthrift Alabama legislature 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 World Games, the U.S. Space Command's move to Huntsville, the USS Alabama's deck renovation, the spendthrift Alabama legislature, and the apparent upcoming recession.

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KCarl Smith: The suppression of free speech

Last week, retired three-star general Gary Volesky, working as a civilian contractor with the U.S. Army as a mentor to officers, was suspended after he responded to First Lady Jill Biden’s remark about the recent Supreme Court decision. She tweeted, “The right of women to have abortions had been ‘stolen’.” General Volesky responded to Jill Biden’s tweet by writing that he was glad she finally knows what a woman is. As a result, the government suspended General Volesky’s $92 an hour contract to mentor active-duty officers for speaking his mind.

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Justin Bogie: Legislature should not seek permanent solutions for temporary problems

There is no doubt that inflation is hurting many Alabamians right now, whether they be public or private sector employees or business owners. In June, inflation rose to 9.1 percent year over year, with record high gas prices being the underlying cause. But no one expects that trend to last. The Congressional Budget Office projects that inflationary pressures will begin to ease later this year and fall to 3.1 percent in 2023. From 1960 to 2021 the average annual inflation rate in the United States was 3.7 percent.

1819 Amie Beth Shaver Alabama News
Amie Beth Shaver: Speaking out

Even though Isaiah warned us, did we ever think we’d have leaders who did this?

FM Talk 1065 Alabama News
Ray Melick talks attendance at The World Games on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss breakfast tacos, the California-doctor-proposed floating abortion clinic in Gulf federal waters, attendance at The World Games, the apparent Birmingham desire to be a sporting event destination and historic stadiums like Legion Field.

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