A few years ago Tommy Gallion called to tell me he was working on a book. He said its publication would be unwelcomed by many of the individuals and political players that often received adverse criticism in my columns. I didn’t need to ask Gallion who he was talking about and he didn’t need…

For the past 6 weeks, I have been filming a brief “Good News” segment on social media every morning at 10 o’clock. I stand in front of bookshelves in my office where I have some pictures. Since many asked me about the people in the pictures, I decided to take a different picture each day and…

It was late 2014, early 2015 and the race to be the next president of the United States was just starting to heat up when word of nefarious actions at the Clinton Foundation started to circulate.

Over the past four years during my travels and speaking events over the state, the most asked question posed to me has been, “Why in the world is Mike Hubbard not in jail?”

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The blunders and pettiness of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill have the makings of an off-Broadway play, as he has opted to take the Donald Trump approach of attacking, belittling and demeaning constituents and others with whom he disagrees. They are both vindictive bullies who love t…

As restrictions are being loosened on large and small businesses and public gatherings, I pray that we will be very cautious and practice even more carefully the guidelines that have been put into place. We do need to see the economy rebound, but we cannot allow the coronavirus to rebound.

The legendary Speaker of the U.S. House, Sam Rayburn, coined a famous phrase he used often and imparted to young congressmen when they would arrive on Capitol Hill full of vim and vigor. He would sit down with them and invite them to have a bourbon and branch water with him. The old gentlema…

The coronavirus came, slapped us, and still lingers. With our confinement we have seen our nation wring its hands with fear, watched countless television shows, and for the most part been bored to tears. It’s been tough.

As most states are relaxing restrictions on businesses and confinement, people are talking about returning to normal. Normal will not be normal as we’ve known it! There will be a New Normal!

The legislature meets in regular session every year for three-and-a-half months. However, an extraordinary special session can be called by the governor if he/she deems there is a dire emergency in the state government that needs addressing. This provision in the Constitution gives the gover…

Imagine a packed SEC football stadium. That’s about how many Americans have died from COVID-19 in the last couple months. Folks, this isn’t the flu or a simple respiratory virus. It can attack the lungs, kidneys, heart, brain and even toes. Remember that even though restrictions have been li…

While there is daily bad news about COVID-19, there are also good stories of people helping people and making a difference. Helen Keller once said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of suffering.” She could see more about life than most people that h…

The 2020 Regular Legislative Session has resumed after a six-week hiatus due to the coronavirus shutdown of the state and nation. The session must end by May 18, 2020. The only thing they will do is pass barebones budgets.

We are in the midst of an election cycle. Pundits, not so much from across the political spectrum but at it’s extreme ends, tell us that it is the most important election of our lifetimes. I doubt that. The closer we get to November 3, you will run out of digits if you try to count on finger…

Same song. Same verse. Gov. Kay Ivey’s study group on gambling policy had its first real meeting last week, as the panel, led by former Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, got together via Zoom to hear presentations from several anti-gambling advocates.

There is a lot of bad news about COVID-19. There are also good news stories of how people are using this time for something good. Here are a few of those!

Last week I discussed Alabama’s outstanding leaders in the political arena. This week allow me to share with you some of the state’s leaders under 45 who are shaping and molding our state from outside the actual pit of the political arena.