The great comedian George Carlin once said, “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” The Alabama House of Representatives was such a large group last Thursday when it passed House Bill 212 (HB 212) which basically makes it naughty to drive in the left lane on the Int…

People bring people to Christ and the church. That’s a basic Biblical principle that’s essential for a healthy church. With all major mainline churches declining, let’s go back to the basics. After 50 years of ministry, I think I’ve heard most of the excuses of why people and churches don’t …

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Senators Greg Albritton and Del Marsh are sellouts. There are probably nicer ways I could say that, but what’s the point, really? Why am I worried about the feelings of two guys who are actively working to take food off your table, advantages out of your hands, opportunity away from your kids?

There is no question that Governor Kay Ivey’s Infrastructure/Gas Tax Program was the cornerstone issue of this legislative session. This monumental legislation will be a tremendous enhancement for Alabama’s economic development for decades to come. Gov. Ivey and the legislative leadership de…

Five years ago, I wrote, “I’ve always believed that healthy debate, variety of opinion and civil disagreement was the American way, but nowadays it’s always ‘liberal this and right-wing that’ and there appears to be no middle ground anymore, only name calling.”  

My wife, Lynn, had a coughing problem a few years ago. Her doctor suggested that she go to a new pulmonologist in town named Dr. Gaeton Lorino. Lynn invited me to go with her. When we got to his office we were pleasantly received by a very efficient staff. Dr. Lorino gave an accurate diagnos…

After their successful special five-day Special Session, the Legislature has been in their Regular Session for a few weeks now. The Session will end in June so it is about one-fourth over. Almost one-third of the members are new, freshmen if you will. Even though they are, for the most part …

Words are powerful. Words can build up or tear down people. Words can be constructive or destructive. I read once about a little boy who said ugly things about people. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that he had to hammer a nail into the back of the fence every time he said s…

One of the obvious political changes in Alabama government over the last decades with the Republican takeover of the Legislature has been the reluctance to raise new revenue to fund state government. Many of the current Republican legislators came to Montgomery in 2010 with a no new tax pled…

The Alabama Legislature has now moved on from the infamous gas tax - the body’s crowning achieving for 2019 and one that will impact citizens for decades to come. I hope that further legislation with a long lasting impact will leave a good taste in the mouth of Alabama citizens, even though …

The world was shocked last year when a gunman murdered 11 people at the Pittsburg Tree of Life Synagogue. One of the interesting things that occurred is that people of different faiths came to help. That event triggered reactions that brought about a positive response. People of the Jewish f…

You can smell it coming, can’t you? I’m talking about the stink from whatever the Alabama Supreme Court is about to do with Mike Hubbard and his rightful conviction for 11 felonies.

Last week we talked about the importance that roads are to the economic development of our state. We spoke about urban growth and expansion, especially the needs for highways in Huntsville and the improvement of the Port in Mobile.

Characters are now being cast for the GOP U.S. Senate primary campaign to determine who will challenge Alabama’s junior U.S. Senator Doug Jones when he comes up for reelection next year.

Gov. Kay Ivey made infrastructure improvement in the state her cornerstone issue for this year, and more importantly for her term as governor. Within less than three months in office she and the Legislature have successfully accomplished this mission.

Under the cover of darkness and through the back door - That was the road travelled by those shoving the gas tax down our throats.

We have two choices for living life – by the standards of the world or the Word. Every person chooses which one to trust for making decisions. In Romans 12, Paul reminds us that we should “not let the world squeeze us into its mold. Rather we should transform the world by the renewing of our…

”Our budgets are strong. We are able to do what we need to do. Alabama is at work, we are working, and it’s working,” said Governor Kay Ivey on the campaign trail.

Billy Graham died one year ago on February 21, 2018. He was one of the greatest men who ever lived. He preached to more people live than anybody else in history. His faithfulness to his call as a preacher was impeccable. He was the model for how to act as a Christian and as a preacher. His f…

In response to questions, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said this week that it won’t be moving forward with an investigation into Attorney General Marshall’s questionable campaign contributions that appeared to violate Alabama’s ban on political action committee transfers. Instead, Ivey said she “w…

A lot has happened politically in the first quarter of 2019. The governor and all of our constitutional officials have been sworn in and have begun their four-year terms in office with Kay Ivey as Governor, Will Ainsworth as Lt. Governor, John Merrill as Secretary of State, John McMillan as …

I say this every year at this time. Get ready. The circus is coming to town.

At a remarkable press conference, Gov. Kay Ivey announced a massive spending plan that invests in the people of Alabama and draws on practices from the most successful areas of our state and country.

There has been a lot of talk about the advancement of women in politics over the past year. It has been suggested that more progressive states have led the way with this change. Alabama can very well make the case that we lead the nation in women taking leadership roles in our state.

Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop. Four shots echo throughout the Galleria Mall in a span of seconds. Three of those shots hit the intended target, E.J. Bradford. He was shot from behind, in the head, back and neck. Mr. Bradford had done nothing illegal and the shooter was a police officer.  Mr. Bradford d…

Last week we looked at the huge challenge that God gave Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. The opposition came in the form of criticism – confusion – doubt – intimidation. The enemy uses these same 4 strategies on us today.

Give Richard Shelby credit, he’s at least trying to do his job. I appreciate Richard Shelby. No, that is not sarcasm or the setup for a surprise turn to a scathing column. I mean it. I appreciate the way the Alabama senator has represented this state during the ongoing debate over President …

The Alabama Education Association (AEA) was the most powerful and influential political organization in Alabama for close to three decades. The late Dr. Paul Hubbert was the builder and king of this powerful organization. He became known as the King of Goat Hill. He reigned omnipotently over…

The following quote was found within a recent article in Alabama Political Reporter: “The Alabama economy depends on a functioning network of roads and bridges. Today, we have increasing population meeting aging infrastructure, congestion, safety concerns and stagnant funding. This puts elec…

A challenge in life can either be a stumbling block or a stepping stone – it depends on how we handle it. Nehemiah gives us great insight on how to handle challenges. You remember that he and the people in Israel had been in exile in Babylon. Nehemiah was given the challenge to return to Jer…

Rep. Tommy Hanes is mad at facts. For real. Hanes apparently spent his Christmas vacation writing out bills to pre-file, and the submission of those bills has not brought about the gratitude from the masses that Hanes was so obviously shooting for.

Could Medicaid expansion finally be coming to Alabama? Several recent indicators point to the possibility Governor Kay Ivey might reconsider it when the legislative session begins next month. The Governor can make the change with the stroke of a pen, only needing the legislature to budget fo…

A survey revealed that 70% of people read about, watch or discuss sports every day. Only 3.7% say their lives are untouched by sports.

As the new quadrennium crests in Alabama government, everybody looks toward a new beginning. There is a new fresh four years ahead for the newly elected leaders. They are overwhelmingly Republican. The Governor is Republican and all of the accompanying constitutional officeholders are member…

The Republicans and the Democrats need each other. I’ve always said that. They need someone to beat so they have each other. If no one else is in the fight then almost all competition is eliminated. If both major parties control the legislative and executive branches then they can keep all o…

Regardless of what happens in Donald Trump’s administration over the next two years, he will have a proven record of success as President especially if you are a conservative American.

Two of the greatest professional basketball players in history are Bob Cousy and Bill Russell. Gary Pomerantz recently wrote an article in The New York Times about their relationship. It carried a great lesson about forgiveness.

We’re doing it again. The same thing. We’re doing the same thing again, and hoping for a different outcome. Which I believe is the definition of insanity. And that might as well be our state motto at this point.

Monday the nation celebrated the life of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; also on the Alabama holiday calendar that same day is the birthday of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. King’s birth is celebrated by a national day of service – an opportunity for people from all walks …

Preparations are being made to take the 2020 Census. This process is not just a fun game to spell out demographic changes and interesting tidbits about us as Americans. It is a very important mandate dictated by the Constitution. The number of people counted determines how many seats each st…

The ground shook a couple of weeks ago and the water began to recede as the beginning of the Democratic Party presidential candidate tsunami began. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was the first to declare her intention.

Life has its advantages. Those advantages come in different sizes, styles, and situations. Let me tell you about an interesting advantage that every person can have.

One of my favorite actors, Jeff Bridges, known by some only as The Dude for his role in the 1998 comedy-thriller The Big Lebowski, was the recipient of this year’s Cecil B. deMille Award at the Golden Globes Sunday evening. The award, one of the most coveted, from the Hollywood Foreign Press…

About fifteen years ago Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade (now CRU), largest parachurch ministry in the world, called and invited me to a meeting in Atlanta. I was invited because I was the Methodist that he knew, and he wanted participation by all denominations. I went and was expo…