Earlier this week I visited the Montgomery Election Center to browse the latest campaign finance reports of the announced mayoral candidates. With less than three months before the election, time is running out to raise the money needed to connect with the voters.

One day I said to an individual, “Have a great day!” My Dad was walking with me and later said, “Let me suggest something to you. It’s ok to tell someone to have a great day, but that can be a passive statement where we just sit back and hope to have a great day. It would be better to say, ‘…

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For almost 100 years one of, if not the best annual event for young Alabama High School leaders in Alabama has been the Alabama Boys State and the Alabama Girls State programs.

It was a long, long time ago, before I got my driver’s license. Probably about 1970. Country music star Roy Clark came out with a good, funny song. It was about a woman who did him wrong; took his money and mistreated him. You get the picture.

A good many people wonder why simple, straightforward, no nonsense, good- government legislation fails to pass even though it appears to have universal and overwhelming support and appeal for many voters and legislators.

It’s Memorial Day and I’m sitting at the kitchen island drinking coffee and pecking at the keyboard when Instagram alerts me to a photo of the wife and kid frolicking along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The Legislature returns tomorrow for what is likely their final week until the govern…

Over 20 years ago when I was a legislator the State Trooper assigned to my county asked if he could come visit with me. “Of course,” I said. When he came he had a somber look on his face. I thought maybe he had a serious personal problem or had lost a loved one.

I recently attended an event, and was very interested to hear from the keynote speaker. In his prescription for better race relations the speaker said something that caught my attention. He mentioned that we need to change the narratives that divide us. I believe he is right on target about this.

God puts great visions in the minds of people. The problem occurs when naysayers begin to tell that person that he/she can’t accomplish that vision. We have a huge population of naysayers. Successful people don’t listen to them – they just proceed to bring the vision to reality. That’s what …

A few years ago, I covered the case of a 12-year-old girl who had been raped repeatedly by an uncle and was pregnant. Recently, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to force that little girl to carry her rapist’s baby to term, deliver it, and then fight with her rapist over custody.

The five day Special Legislative Session that addressed the increase in the gas tax to fund an Infrastructure Rebuilding Program for the state was a remarkable success. I still marvel at the adroitness, efficiency and expediency in which the governor accomplished this monumental initiative. …

Almost fifty years ago I graduated from high school in Birmingham. I thought it was a little strange. As my fellow seniors and I sat there in a gown, burning up inside the gym, and sitting on very hard metal chairs, there was some guy telling us how smart we were. I doubted my smarts four ye…

Competition is a reality in today’s society. A competitive spirit is neither positive nor negative – it depends on what we allow it to become. It can be a blessing or a burden. It can either make or break a person.

Our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby, turns 85 this week. In March he reached another milestone – he surpassed Senator John Sparkman as the longest serving U.S. Senator in Alabama history. Shelby has been our senator for 32 plus years.

Last Tuesday morning Betsy and I had the privilege of attending the 2nd annual fundraiser for Valiant Cross Academy, the innovative downtown private school. The guest speaker for the event was Bryan Stevenson, justice advocate and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative located right here in…

Competition is a vital part of human nature. It’s the thing that helps all of us improve, and it serves as a measurement of where we are in life. We see competition in sports, business, popularity, church, etc. Competition can be good or it can be bad.

Folks, taking care of prisoners is not a popular political issue. However, every so often Alabama politicians pragmatically have to acquiesce to the mandates of federal judges and grant our transgressing citizens their rights as determined by the courts.

The last few weeks have been tough on me simply because I’m getting older. Yesterday I turned 64 years old. I didn’t celebrate. I don’t do that anymore. Another birthday just means another page in the book must be turned and the back cover is getting much too close.

I have a wonderful accountant, Renee Hubbard, who has been doing income taxes for Lynn and me for several years. She texted me on Wednesday morning, April 10, 2019, to say that she had almost finished our returns. She said the only thing that she was lacking was 2 items of information from m…

Over the past few weeks, I have written a number of stories and columns detailing the specifics of potential lottery bills and what their effect on this state and its tax revenues might be.

It is a foregone conclusion that a Republican will take out our anomaly liberal Democratic Senator, Doug Jones, next year. The question is which Republican will be the nominee and capture the seat.

At the State House this week, a public hearing was held on legislation that would establish the Alabama Open Records Act and provide citizens a process for better access to public records. I place the emphasis on public, because we are addressing records that are supposed to be readily avail…

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 …

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.

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