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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.

Richard simmons NEWEST Alabama News
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.

FM Talk 1065 Alabama News
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.

Newstalk 93 1 Alabama News
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.

Kcarl smith new Alabama News
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.

Justin Bogie Headshot Alabama News
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.

Stephanie Holden Smith Alabama News
Stephanie Holden Smith: Parents must understand the cultural power of the NEA, AEA

Last week, the National Education Association’s (NEA) Representative Assembly met in Chicago. Kim Anderson, NEA Executive Director, made the claim that, “If we don’t achieve racial justice in our schools, we cannot expect to achieve it in our society. It begins with us.” In a speech to the assembly, she stated that, “students are organizing, marching, posting, and speaking up for the progress we must continue to make if the United States is to be a more perfect union.”

1819 Joey Clark Brian Moats Alabama News
Joey Clark: The political puppet shadow show

Politicians like to make everything about them, but to avoid the appearance of outright ambition, they cloak themselves in the symbols of the nation, especially that most revered symbol of any democracy — the people.

Antonio salazar Alabama News
Will Sellers: Portugal's Salazar and the quest for stable government

Having a benevolent dictator who could act immediately and unilaterally, without the niceties of a parliament, plebiscite, or consent seems on the surface to be a good thing. But finding that one individual who possessed the necessary qualifications to consistently act unselfishly and only in the national interest was a challenge.

Phil williams Alabama News
Phil Williams: In a post-Roe world, adoption should be front and center

One day when I was speaking to a group of students, one of them asked me point blank what was my most favorite thing; the MOST favorite of all. I knew what it was, and it may surprise you: Senate Bill 280 that amended section 22 of the Alabama Code during the 2012 Regular Session.

Sean of the south Alabama News
Sean of the South: Lake Martin

Lake Martin is one of the top five cleanest and clearest lakes in the United States. It is like looking into glass. It is a lake so clear you can see all the Natural Light cans on the bottom. I stared across the lake and I was thinking about my old man.

Richard simmons NEWEST Alabama News
Richard Simmons: Keystone habits

Back in 1987, Alcoa hired Paul O’Neil as its new CEO. Alcoa, which had been in business for over 100 years, was struggling and needed new leadership. O’Neil was a former government bureaucrat that no one had ever heard of.

FM Talk 1065 Alabama News
Ray Melick talks The World Games and voting irregularities in the recent primary runoffs on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on Midday Mobile with Sean Sullivan as they discuss The World Games and voting irregularities in the recent primary runoffs.

Matt Clark Alabama News
Matt Clark: Supreme Court strikes major blow to EPA

On the last day of its term, the Supreme Court struck a major blow against the EPA (and the administrative state generally) in its 6-3 decision in West Virginia v. EPA.

Justin Bogie Headshot Alabama News
Justin Bogie: In the aftermath of Roe, Alabama should not rush to fully expand Medicaid

The reality that so many pro Medicaid expansion advocates seem to ignore is that Alabama already expanded Medicaid coverage for new mothers and their children, before the Roe decision.

John merrill Alabama News
John Merrill: Its up to State Legislature to reexamine the County Registrar system to avoid election errors

Those registrars who have proven themselves unable to adequately perform their duties must face consequences. In the county where the most egregious dereliction of duties occurred, I sought and received the resignation of all three registrars involved.

Newstalk 93 1 Alabama News
Ray Melick talks The World Games and the midterm elections 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 Boris Johnson, The World Games, "Good Time" laws, the midterms, and the lack of trust the American people have in most offices and institutions.

Kcarl smith new Alabama News
KCarl Smith: Defending your Conservative point of view

Because of the Left’s negative propaganda and Conservative missteps, the word “conservative” slams the door on successful political discourse. The Left’s racist name-calling keeps Conservatives on the defense. As a result, Marxist-Liberals are winning the narrative battle today and Conservatives are losing ground. The only dog in the fight, Conservatives must be on the offensive ALL time in order to defeat the Left’s anti-Liberty agenda.

Will blakely Alabama News
Will Blakely: Reason, faith and appendicitis

A year ago today, I was in the hospital. On Independence Day, I found out I had appendicitis - a severe case. I would have to get an appendectomy in the morning. Appendectomies are routine procedures, but I’ll admit I was nervous. I’d never had surgery before.

1819 Amie Beth Shaver Alabama News
Amie Beth Shaver: Your home matters

It is where the fabric of your family's life is woven. It is where God is introduced, our children's first prayers are whispered, and their first tears of bitter disappointment fall. It's where they fuss and fight. And where they laugh until they drop.

Stephanie Holden Smith Alabama News
Stephanie Holden Smith: Hope is not a COVID strategy

We’ve probably all heard the adage, “hope is not a strategy.” Books have been written on it, troops and teams have been motivated by it, parents and politicians have used it as a reason to create attainable goals and plan for the future. What we might not have seen or even imagined before is “hope” being used as both strategy and justification for a public health response to a worldwide pandemic.

1819 Joey Clark Brian Moats Alabama News
Joey Clark: Washington's inflationary crime spree is worse than people imagine

If the public opinion polls are to be trusted, the top issue for most Americans fresh off this Fourth of July weekend continues to be inflation. God bless Americans for it. Good to see most Americans still have their practical wits about them, at least on the surface level. Yet, as their food and gas bills continue to balloon almost as much as their waistlines and the national debt, I wonder if most Americans also realize that the inflationary crime committed against them by the Washington elite is probably the most expensive and vast heist ever pulled off in human history.

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