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Caylah Coffeen: Are Alabamians prepared for a post-Roe world?

Recently, abortion-related news has been somewhat quiet in Alabama, but not around the rest of the country. At the federal level, it’s...

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API: Dead and Dying, 2 great bills and a Legislature bent on killing them

The last few years in the Alabama legislature, well, they haven’t been great.  As soon as the new members were voted into office in...

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Mike Durant: Delusional Biden disappoints

I‘ve been clear on the record: Joe Biden disappoints me every day when he wakes up in the morning. Last week during his first State...

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KCarl Smith: Become an avid reader and have the courage to act

This is part 2 of a 3-part series on the successful strategy of Frederick Douglass, our country’s greatest American Dream Story. These...

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Justin Bogie: Spending your money should not be this easy for the state legislature

On Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed an $8.17 billion Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget for fiscal year 2023. The...

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Ray Melick: Who was Ridley to believe - the NFL rules, or the NFL example?

It was a terrible bet. Atlanta Falcons receiver put down $1,500 on a three-game parlay last November. It cost him $11.1 million. That’s...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Refusing to be worn down

"We're monitoring the situation closely." That statement was of little comfort to Chris and me. Well. Me. Chris was cool. I, however,...

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Parents are not the enemy

Administrators, teachers and elected officials, I’d like to let you in on a little something that you should already know: parents...

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Joey Clark: We in the West cannot afford to forget the story of our own struggle for liberty

Where the old rhyme “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me” draws a true and useful distinction, it misses...

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Scott Stantis: Casino Gambling

Scott Stantis lives in Birmingham and is currently the editorial cartoonist for The Chicago Tribune. He previously was the staff cartoonist...

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Phil Williams: Montgomery's priorities are clearly out of order

Priorities of work. That’s a military term used in the Infantry to denote those things that have to take place in a certain order because,...

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Justin Bogie: Bigger doesn’t mean better for state fiscal policy

Last week the Alabama Senate passed a $2.7 billion State General Fund budget, the largest in Alabama history. The budget passed by...

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Will Sellers: God Save the Queen (Happy Birthday, Aretha)

Had she lived, the Queen of Soul would have been 80-years-old this month. For at least 60 of her 76 years, Aretha Franklin shared her...

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Richard Simmons: Hope in a modern world

I was talking with a professional counselor recently and he confirmed something I had heard. Modern psychology believes in the inherent...

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Ray Melick: We missed Opening Day - or at least, some of us did

We missed Opening Day. At least, some of us did. Major League Baseball’s Opening Day was “postponed,’’ according to MLB, due to a work-stoppage,...

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Scott Stantis: Gambling Bill

Scott Stantis lives in Birmingham and is currently the editorial cartoonist for The Chicago Tribune and USA Today. He previously was...

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Caylah Coffeen: Taxing ourselves out of our Constitutional rights

Hot in the legislature this week: House Bill 272, which would allow adult citizens in good standing to conceal their firearms without...

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Rep. Barry Moore: Biden’s alternate reality won’t fool leadership-starved Americans

The backdrop for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union lecture may have been the House chamber, but it occurred in an alternate...

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Justin Bogie: More money won't fix Alabama's failing schools

Wednesday, the Alabama House Ways and Means Education committee approved a bill to provide an additional $1.3 billion in funding for...

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Dr. Michael Brown; Mary Jane without her make-up; my personal encounter

Despite the best efforts to exercise appropriate vigilance and provide guidance, my firstborn son yielded to the enticement of marijuana...

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KCarl Smith: The success strategy of Frederick Douglass, Part I

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the successful strategy of Frederick Douglass, our country’s greatest American Dream Story. These...

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Building government on the backs of the addicted is shameful

As the Gipper quipped, “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps...

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Matt Clark: Biden's Supreme Court pick is professional, but problematic

On Friday, President Joe Biden announced his pick for the United States Supreme Court: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the D.C. Circuit....

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Amie Beth Shaver: With SEL, parents aren't welcome

What's going on with our kids? And with schools? And with the mental health push coming from our state capital? Is it terrifying that...

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Joey Clark: Respect people, not power

Though I see it as a moral responsibility to respect the dignity and rights of all people, I cannot deny I have developed a simmering...

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Senator Clay Scofield: One President’s shortcomings are another’s advantages

Over the last year, the American people have watched as our country transformed from thriving to pathetic under a Democratic administration....

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Phil Williams: Freedom is priceless - literally price-less

I recently had breakfast with a guy with whom I am very like-minded. We talked about our kids, our jobs, and inevitably the conversation...

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