Montgomery, unique for its recognition as both the Cradle of the Confederacy and the Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, last week overwhelmingly elected our first black mayor in the city’s 200-year history.

I often have people say to me “I just don’t feel the presence of God in my life” or “I oftentimes wonder if God is with me” or “How can I know that God’s presence is real?”

The second year of the reign of Governor Kay Ivey may give her a second major accomplishment in the first two years of her term as governor.

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As you may know, health care is one of the most pressing and most complicated issues facing our entire country today. The debate in Congress surrounding how to best protect patients from surprise medical billing is a perfect example. There is a mutual consensus that patients should not be su…

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Last week I bumped into a colleague, a member of the media. We usually discuss political affairs since that has always been a prime of interest and time consuming subject for both of us. We discussed local, state and national politics. After about a half hour he finally said, “I’m not going …

Some people are fakes—other people are real. Fake people follow the lead of the world—real people follow the lead of the Word. Fake people follow perverted (worldly) choices—real people follow preferred (Godly) choices. It’s a choice! Realizing what’s real points to the right choice!

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Charles Van Doren became a TV star in 1958 on the NBC show Twenty-One. In that show, contestants competed against each other in games based on intelligence and how much factual knowledge they knew. He mesmerized TV audiences with his superior intellect. He badly beat thirteen competitors in …

Last legislative session, with good results and great PR rolling in for Alabama’s Pre-K program, the Department of Early Childhood Education received a record-breaking increase in funding, as Gov. Kay Ivey and lawmakers pledged to build on one of the few bright spots in Alabama’s public educ…

During one of my recent 3:00 am readings I was reminded of Operation PUSH (People United in Saving Humanity) started in the 1970s by Jesse Jackson. In an effort to advance his presidential campaign in 1984, Jackson called for a coalition of voters, the Rainbow Coalition, mostly along lines o…

I was a boy scout. I will always remember the motto—Be prepared. Those words have echoed in my mind for years. Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.”

A strongly worded letter from the Democratic National Committee about the Alabama Democratic Party.

During the late summer, it was revealed that Alabama’s economy set records for the number of people employed along with the lowest unemployment rate in decades. Figures released in August had the state with a record-breaking 3.3% unemployment percentage.

The wife asked that I not share my story with you this week. She was already exasperated from me telling anyone who’d listen about my upcoming procedure. But, as I explained to her, it’s my job to tell these stories, especially if it could save a life. I’ll just make sure there are no copies…

When you set out to accomplish a goal, and things become challenging, you have two choices—you can keep going forward, or you can sit down and quit. Winners keep on keeping on—losers quit. Winners find a way—losers find an exit.

There is nothing Alabama Democrats can do about Republican supermajorities in this very red state. Have you heard that one?

The upcoming 2020 census is extremely critical in Alabama and the rest of the states in the nation, as well. The census affects the number of seats a state has in the U.S. Congress and ultimately the number of Electoral College Votes you have for president. Also, very importantly, the amount…

It hasn’t been hard to find a story about what Governor Kay Ivey did when she was a student at Auburn. Local news, state news and national news – all have carried stories about college student Kay Ivey performing in a skit with a “black face.”

Governor Kay Ivey has had a very successful first year as governor. One of the coups she pulled off was getting the legislature to pass legislation granting the governor the power to appoint the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The new law will give her all the new appointments to the Parole Bo…

Recently I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days with seven of my closest childhood friends, whom I’ve known collectively for more than 270 years. Most of us met in elementary school and all but one followed the same collegiate path to Auburn after graduating from Jeff Davis High School.

It seems that the political battleground over nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) have grown in size and importance every year for quite some time. The amount of blood on the political battleground has increased as well.

I perceive that a defining characteristic of modern life in the United States is the loss of control over our tongues and our words posted on social media. Our words have become toxic. There is no filter on what people are saying. Our words are leading to cutting people down rather than buil…

Montgomery residents go to the polls Tuesday, August 27, to elect a new mayor and city council. Twelve mayoral candidates are on the ballot, but you probably couldn’t name half of them. The election is a week away and only three have had the Big Mule backing or self-funded ability to flood t…

We in America have been greatly blessed. We enjoy so many freedoms, financial successes, religious opportunities, natural resources—the list goes on and on. By any metric, we are extremely blessed. It becomes easy to take our blessings for granted.

My flight from Baltimore was late landing Sunday night. And then I had to drive back home. The drive from Birmingham to home seemed like forever – it always does, and by the time I opened the garage door it was closing in on midnight.

There are very few Alabamians left who remember the 1950’s story of Phenix City, Alabama. After World War II, a good many of the military soldiers, enlisted men, stayed on for a while. A host of them were stationed at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia. As many of you know, Columbus, Georgia a…

It has become an epidemic. Across the city of Montgomery gunfire can be heard on any given night. Sure, it is worse in other places like Chicago or Baltimore, but this is our home and we should be concerned. It wasn’t even 7 o’clock in the evening on Saturday when several dozen rounds of gun…

A wise man once told me, “Do the things that God created you to do – and avoid the things that God instructed you not to do.” That’s good wisdom. We get in deep trouble when we don’t follow it. It happened to Charlie Duke, one of the astronauts on Apollo 16.

With Congress taking up the issue of surprise medical bills, I hope our leaders in Washington will hold insurance companies accountable for their role in this problem. Often, patients get unexpected bills because insurers refuse to reimburse out of network hospitals or doctors for emergency …

Governor Kay Ivey’s first legislative session of the quadrennium was very successful. Her prowess at getting things accomplished with this Legislature has been remarkable.

Our Federal constitution is being put to the test. The tests will grow in number and become more difficult. Between the parties involved the tests will probably become nastier and nastier.

The long hot summer has brought some crystallization to the 2020 U.S. Senate race. This seat is the Senate Seat held by Senator Jeff Sessions for almost two decades. He unwittingly made a strange and probably very regrettable decision to join President Donald J. Trump’s administration as att…

During the 1960s President John F. Kennedy shared with the world his dream that the United States would put a man on the moon by the end of the century. That was a bold vision. Many people laughed at him, and told him how impossible that would be. But he kept that “impossible” vision in fron…

Barring any last-minute surprises, the field appears set for the GOP Senate primary race next March to determine who will face incumbent Democrat Senator Doug Jones in November of 2020.

Be careful – lest we forget – Our HOPE. We hear many suggestions where we ought to place our hope to have a future as a nation. Our ultimate hope for the future must never rest primarily in our economic success, military power, political strength, or educational systems, etc – but in our tru…

A few weeks ago a member of the Alabama Legislature called me and asked me why I never said anything good about them, the legislators. The member that called me is an infrequent friendly acquaintance and certainly deserved for me to enter the “play nice” mode. I apologized for my failures an…

Folks, don’t look now, but the 2020 Presidential Election is upon us. Indeed, as many as 21 Democratic aspirants are already announced and campaigning.

This week we focus on lest we forget – our Heroes. Micah reminds us that God always raised up heroes to bring deliverance. He writes, “I delivered you from a bad life in Egypt. I sent Moses to lead you, and Aaron, and Miriam to boot. Remember what Balik, king of Moab, tried to pull and how B…

A year ago I wrote of the horrific treatment of migrant children, many seeking asylum, who were being ripped away from their parents – some to never reunite again. I assumed the practice would cease, considering the public outcry at the time. But here we are over a year later and the situati…

It’s easy to forget when God removes us from a very tough situation and allows us to live with many, many blessings. When we’re on our backs, we cry out for help. When we stand tall on our feet, we tend to forget who it is that put us there. We need to remember that turtle sitting on a fence…

It is my favorite day of the year. The Fourth of July. Without our separation and subsequent permanent freedom from England we may not be able to do so many of the things we now take for granted, such as celebrating Christmas and Thanksgiving – the American way or any way we choose.

At a 30th high school reunion people were bragging about how much they had accomplished. The most discussion came around the question, “What do you make?” Most shared (bragged about) their financial success. Some had been very successful. When they came to a teacher, they asked, “What do you…