It should come as no surprise after last week’s editorial that I plan on voting for Democrat Walt Maddox for Governor. Maddox is the effective and successful Mayor of Tuscaloosa. There are really two reason why I am endorsing Maddox. The first, as I have previously stated, is that I am convi…

Do you remember 2017 Steve Marshall? That fresh-faced guy who rolled into Montgomery, appointed by Robert Bentley, and swearing to follow the law and exhibit ethics and morals and junk? He wasn’t going to compromise himself or operate a quid pro quo AG’s office.

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It’s been an enjoyable couple of days as I tag teamed with my Uncle Robert in entertaining Dad while Mom and her friend Judy escaped to the beach for some much-deserved R & R. It is early Monday afternoon as I multitask from a recliner in the den of my parent’s home. Dad is entertaining …

Every person on the face of the earth has the same amount of time. We don’t have the same amount of money, relationships, property, or investments – but we all have the same amount of time. That makes time valuable and precious and important to each individual.

For some untold reason or some would say ungodly reason, I have always been enthralled and involved in politics. As a boy growing up in Troy, I was tutored and trained in the rules and rituals of Alabama politics by two masters of my county’s political history.

Walt Maddox is nuts. That’s the only explanation I have for what the man’s doing — going around the state and trying to engage voters on the issues. Holding press conferences talking about health care and offering plans for increasing Medicaid coverage.

This isn’t the first time Managing Editor Art Parker and I have taken different sides on an issue and it certainly won’t be the last. He doesn’t believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, when she testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh se…

The thought, I’m sure, has crossed your mind. When is all of this going to stop? The debate on Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) nominee is out of control. Just when it looked like all the hoopla about his past would stop long enough to get the nomination out of committee a co…

The measure between mediocrity and success is just a little bit. The person who does a little more, studies a little harder, and puts in a little extra effort can produce big accomplishments.

It has been said that a lawyer who represents himself/herself has a fool for a client. I wonder if psychology professionals say that anyone who treats himself/herself has a fool for a patient.

Originally I was going to take a week off from writing a column. You occasionally get tired of doing the same thing week after week and you need to catch your breath. That was the plan. I did not write a column over the weekend, which is the usual time I complete that task. My plan seemed wo…

Since this is a gubernatorial election year, allow me to share an epic Governor’s Race with you.

Conservative Republicans, like Jeff Sessions, have been obsessed with illegal immigrants for years. Sessions is and has always been a stickler for obeying the laws of our land. He is the most honest, upright, squeaky clean, politician I have ever seen in my lifetime of observing politics in …

If we start boycotting all businesses with whose politics we disagree, I’d be missing me some Chick-fil-A, while others wouldn’t be able to shop Amazon while sipping a Starbucks coffee. Instead of silly product boycotts. Make a real difference. Vote. Volunteer. Get to know your neighbors. Ju…

Famed humorist Will Rogers once said, "Politics is the best show in America. I love animals and I love politicians, and I like to watch both of 'em at play, either back home in their native state, or after they've been captured and sent to a zoo, or to Washington."

Since this is a gubernatorial election year, let’s reminisce about an epic Governor’s Race. The 1978 Governor’s race is one of the classics in Alabama political lore. That Governor’s race between the three heavyweights, former Governor Albert Brewer, Attorney General Bill Baxley, and Lt. Gov…

Turns out Alabama is not the land of the free. In a recent report “Freedom in the 50 States” by the Cato Institute, Alabama was ranked 49 out of 50 in the measurement of personal freedom. So what was their policy recommendation to enhance personal freedom? Reduce incarceration rate with thor…

I hope many of you were able to enjoy the 3-day weekend along with the new season of college football. SEC fans had reason to celebrate with every team winning their opening game, except Tennessee.

Goals in life are very important. A goal is a tangible mark in front of us that we want to achieve. A goal serves as a good measure and a good motivator. It helps keep us focused.

Voting fraud is a serious matter for Republicans in Alabama. They’ve forced through strict ID laws and limited access to polling places and done all sorts of things — short of addressing the one area (absentee ballots) where the overwhelming majority of fraud occurs — to prove just how serio…

I have said it before, but sometimes feel the need to reiterate that this is an opinion column, my opinion and not one that everyone will always agree – except when I write about puppies. That said; The Montgomery Independent’s 3-page editorial section provides lots of political content cove…

Last week Governor Kay Ivey established a statewide committee to boost Alabama’s 2020 Census participation. The problem has been discussed for quite some time since Alabama does not need to lose another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and another vote in the Electoral College.

Alabama Power is and has always been a force in Alabama politics. Some entities may have influence in the Legislature, but the power company has the ear of folks in all three branches of State government: Legislative, Executive and Judicial.

The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel painted word pictures to communicate his message. His most famous word picture was of the valley of dry bones that came to life. He talked about how God could come and join those bones together again and make something of that mess, and breathe life into the…

The Alabama law is simple: Candidates running for public office in Alabama must file a statement of economic interests when they qualify, and then must file an annual SEI by the yearly deadline.

Recently, I wrote about Alfa’s influence in Alabama politics. In my August 8 column, I said, the Alabama Farmers Federation still controls the Legislature. They use to play in the Governor’s Race. However, they got burned badly by Bob Riley when they helped him get elected and the first thin…

Environmental organizations throughout Alabama have joined together in asking Governor Kay Ivey to hold the Alabama Environmental Management Commission (EMC) accountable for actions revealed during the recent bribery and corruption trial in Birmingham. That investigation resulted in one Alabama lawmaker pleading guilty to bribery and half-dozen guilty verdicts against a partner in a prestigious law firm and the Vice President of Drummond Company.

The ongoing high visibility of one of Alabama’s biggest black eyes in history will not go away. Former Governor Robert Bentley has been required to answer many questions about his time in the Governor’s Mansion in conjunction with the lawsuit filed against him by former director of the Alaba…

The appointment of a United States Supreme Court Justice is one of the most profound legacies that a U. S. President can achieve. The opportunity that President Donald Trump was given to appoint Neil Gorsuch to the High Tribunal last year will be a monumental achievement of the Trump adminis…

One day a first grade Sunday school teacher asked the class to think about something important and draw a picture of it. Each child began working on the special picture that they wanted to draw. The teacher noticed one little boy who seemed to be more focused than the rest. The others had fi…

Now that the dust has settled on the primaries, allow me to share with you some thoughts on the Alabama political stage.

Maybe Franklin Haney really can get the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant up and running, putting thousands to work in one of Alabama’s poorest counties and creating a success story out of a perpetual failure.

Alabama’s democrat in the U.S. Senate, Doug Jones, is dancing like Fred Asatire when it comes to the latest U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) nomination. The Donald Trump nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, will be facing a vote among a closely divided U.S. Senate. When the Kavanaugh nomination gets to the …

The Alabama GOP has cause to rejoice, as the Alabama Democratic Party (ADP) suffers from another self-inflicted wound to the head. That was my first reaction Saturday when ADP boss Joe Reed stacked the deck to ensure his patsy Nancy Worley would win another four-year term as Chairwoman of th…

They’re cute, cuddly, curious and adorably clumsy. Who doesn’t love a puppy?

Often times the things that appear simple to do and make the most sense are the toughest to get accomplished and there’s no better example than in the Alabama Legislature.

From the Fourth of July until the middle of August is a great time of year, especially this year. The runoff election is over and the General Election is three months away. That’s a good thing. We get a break from all the lies we hear from those saying they will do the right thing for us.

   The General Election is a little more than 3-months away, providing a much-needed reprieve from the misleading political blurbs that have blanketed our televisions, radios and computer screens for the past several months.  But the campaigning for candidates who won their primary will cont…

    Alabama is a confusing state. A state that prides itself on its hardworking, blue-collar image but somehow turned out overwhelmingly to vote for the (alleged) billionaire, reality TV star for president was just as bi-polar during Tuesday’s primary runoff election.

    The surprises to me were the big victories by Steve Marshall for Attorney General and Martha Roby for Congress.  Their winning was not a surprise; however, their margin of victory was impressive.

    Every election-day Steve Flowers and I talk and/or send text messages to one another trying to get a grip on things. Last Tuesday was no different and we both agreed there would be a low turnout. And it was.

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