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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 …

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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…

The key date on the calendar is March 5, 2019. That’s the most dreaded and fearful day in Alabama. That’s when the Alabama Legislature goes into session. God help us.

As is my custom at the close of the year, I like to memorialize great Alabamians who have appeared and lived legendary lives upon the stage of political history in the Heart of Dixie.

My last column caused quite a stir and elicited a number of responses. Many readers agreed with me, but there were also plenty of detractors who took issue with my assessment that the public education system in Montgomery is severely underfunded and in dire straits if we don’t provide the ad…

The answer came to me very quickly. I asked myself if you guys would rather read me rambling about Christmas, or read what has been said by others, many of which are famous. Once that was decided I embarked on an Internet journey to find some great Christmas quotes and sayings. My favorite, …

Are you looking for happiness? Traditionally people have thought that more money would bring happiness. The Bible has always negated that viewpoint, but now recent research has continued to confirm what the Bible teaches.

In Alabama political history, the office of Probate Judge was the most powerful and prestigious position. In the old days, in every county in Alabama, the probate judge was not only judge, he also appointed all county positions, hired all county employees and was Chairman of the County Commi…

Back in August it was finally said out loud by someone important enough to cause ears to perk up.  “The poor state of education in Montgomery is really about what do you want for the future of the men and women who reside in the River Region,” said Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, the commander of A…

Having great ideas but never acting on them is a practice in futility. I know I’m guilty of that a lot of times. Visioning and planning are great - but acting is imperative!

Throughout the 2018 election cycle, as major donors and top political action committees dumped needed cash into the campaign accounts of their chosen politicians, there was one major player in the state that remained remarkably quiet.

Within the last month Governor Kay Ivey said, “This is a situation where every other state around us has already increased theirs. It’s been 26 years since Alabama’s made any adjustment. And the people of Alabama are smart enough to know that roads are essential to their safety and also to g…

“No Sebby,” is a phrase heard a lot around my house, often multiple times in couple of minute spans and sometimes so loud I imagine the neighbors hear it too. It has been shouted, along with “get down” and “Sebastian stop” at least a half-dozen times in just the couple minutes it took me to …

Editor’s Note: This was a Thanksgiving Day message from Rev. Mathison that deserves to be remembered every day of the year.

The only sport that Alabamians enjoy more than Alabama politics is college football. We especially love the Alabama vs. Auburn football game. Folks, this is Alabama/Auburn week in Alabama. The Alabama vs. Auburn annual event is one of the fiercest of college football rivalries. It is the gam…

In Nevada the day before the election, Dennis Hof, a Nevada brothel owner was buried. He was 72 years old. The very next day he was elected to the state legislature in Nevada, or as they call it, the Assembly.

The legendary Alabama storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, used to say, “Alabama is like a big front porch.” She was right, I have found that to be the case my entire life. Even recently, as I’ve traversed the state, I am always amazed at how you can visit with someone in one part of the sta…

God has opened doors for a lot of interesting opportunities for me to do ministry. About 90% of them are outside the Montgomery area. I have a general rule that if my destination is about 6 hours or less, I drive. If it’s more than 6 hours, I plan to fly.

It has always been awful. It will always be awful. It was so awful that Republicans had to break the law to pass it, and they’ve been forced to amend it multiple times to make it small measures of less awful. It is so awful still, though, that even Republicans in the State House have balked …

Our gubernatorial election year politics ended yesterday. However, there have been other political maneuverings and developments going on behind the scenes, which may ultimately have more long-term ramifications in the Heart of Dixie’s political future.

It’s Tuesday morning and I’m banging out words on the laptop from the kitchen island with the dog underneath my feet and a cup of coffee within reach. I have no idea where this is going, but I have a deadline approaching and need to fill this space with something and fast.

Some people do a lot of things for people without recognition. Such a person here in Montgomery was Greg Calhoun, who died October 16, 2018. God put me in some places where I got to know Greg. I discovered that for every high visibility thing you read about him in the papers, he did many mor…

This time two years ago, I was bubbling over with anticipation with expectations that I would have two years of fun following an exciting governor’s race. Well, Ole Robert Bentley spoiled my parade.

I am writing to urge all of your readers to get out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections and vote Republican. The Democrats has spent the last 25 years devolving into full blown socialists and anti- Christian and anti-traditional moral values zealots, and supporters of the global gover…

I have no fear of zombies, witches, or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, then butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens - animals who feel joy, affection, sadness, and pain, as we do…

Years ago kids would sell newspapers on street corners in large cities. I read about a little orphan boy who not only sold customers papers, but also gave smiles, encouragement, and a good attitude. One day a man asked the boy where he lived. He said that he lived down by the river bank in a…

Last week Hillary Clinton, the loser, caught attention from many when she said that Bill Clinton’s fling with Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power since they were both adults. Really? Like most from the left wing they will do or say anything to undermine President Donald Trump. Clinton’…

Those of us who are Baby Boomers remember the tumultuous times of the 1960’s. We lived through the Civil Rights revolution. Those of us who grew up here in the Heart of Dixie witnessed the transpiring of racial integration first hand. Most of the crusades and struggles occurred here in Alaba…