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The 1970 Governor’s Race between George Wallace and Albert Brewer overshadowed every other political race in the state that year. However, one of Alabama’s legendary political figures burst on the scene in 1970, when Bill Baxley was elected Attorney General of Alabama. The Attorney General’s…

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Where the Supreme Court made the greater error, in my opinion, was not last week in the Dobbs decision that overruled Roe v Wade, it was the decision on Monday to put the first amendment rights of teachers ahead of the first amendment rights of students. I suppose we should not be that surpr…

I wrote recently about how people are dealing with inflation. Since then, inflation has risen to 8.6%! It is a major problem, and it is being handled in a variety of ways.

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During the waning days of the campaigns for Governor and U.S. Senator, I received an inordinate amount of correspondence lamenting the outrageous, demagogic, disingenuous, negative ads, especially on television. The frustration can best be summed up by a thoughtful writer’s comments, “Steve,…

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Stop me if you heard this one. Government officials are sitting on a pile of money and cannot agree how to spend it. What do they do? They hire someone to help them spend it and, nominally, ask the public for their ideas. Through inaction and delay the timer on the money runs out and the mon…

I had planned to write something light and fun this week, probably involving the antics of my four-year old chocolate lab, but then I was reminded that there is a runoff election Tuesday and some of you might need some prodding to go vote.

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When you wake up in the morning, you can either say “Good morning, Lord, help me make this a great day,” or you can say, “Good Lord, it’s morning—I dread what’s going to happen today.”

Dr. Martin Luther King argued that the arc of the moral universe is long and bends toward justice. This geometry lesson was used to illustrate a belief that history is pulled gravitationally towards freedom.

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  Homo Sapiens means “wise man.” It is a little self aggrandizing if you ask me. I will give you that in a span of 300,000 years our species has gone from arguing over burning sticks to arguing over nuclear power. However one could be forgiven for having George Carlin levels of cynicism abou…

Peter says, “Do you want more and more of God’s peace?” (II Peter 1:2) That’s a question that most people are asking. How can I find peace? How can I live a life that conquers anxiety and worry?

After the 1960 Kennedy vs. Nixon classic presidential contest, television became the medium for political campaigns.

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Back in the early 1990’s, when I was just a few years younger than the murderer who killed those people in Uvalde, TX, the thing that was poisoning the minds of young people, particularly aggressive, loud, young males, was an arcade game called “Mortal Kombat.” “Mortal Kombat” had its accomp…

During the pandemic, I officiated at the home-going of a great Christian businessman and friend, Bobby Norment. He led Norment Industries in Montgomery to become a successful international business. They provided security products for government buildings, prisons, embassies, court houses, etc.

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The governor’s races of bygone years were a lot more fun and colorful than today’s. We would have 10 to 15 candidates. There would be three or four favorites, but we would have 10 others that would make an effort to crisscross the state and have fun and cut up a little bit to garner publicit…

After months of hearing the term “woke liberal” every time I have turned on the television, the votes have finally been cast, the polls closed. I predict a Governor Kay Ivey victory. Katie Britt will lead the field for U.S. Senate. Self-funded candidate Mike Durant couldn’t prove himself “Al…

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Given the news over the last two weeks I believe nearly everybody can agree that life is precious, that we need to make sure that innocent people are not senselessly killed, and that the world can be a dangerous place for the vulnerable. What we probably can not agree on is whether or not we…

Inflation is the highest that it has been in 40 years. It was recently reported at 8.5%. That’s high!

The GOP Primary is less than two weeks away on May 24. It has been an interesting and expensive race to fill the seat of our venerable and powerful senior Senator Richard Shelby.

You were probably expecting me to pen something about Roe v. Wade, as word has leaked that the United States Supreme Court will likely overturn the half-a-century-old decision. Once thought to be woven into the fabric of law, the nationwide right to abortion is in jeopardy. But I’m not going…

This is the season for conferring degrees. Centenary is a private college in Hackettstown, New Jersey. It has about 1,100 students. The university president, Bruce Murphy, made an announcement on March 18 that they would offer a new “Master of Arts in Happiness Studies” degree.

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If you take politics very seriously; if you lay awake at night worried sick over how a group of crooked thieves in Washington D.C. will leave you destitute; if you worry that not only your right to vote, but also your country is under threat from a callous political party that is only out fo…

It’s always easy to see what is wrong rather than what is right in situations. John D. Rockefeller was head of Standard Oil Company. A man high in his organization made a bad decision that cost the company $2 million. When people in the company heard about it, they were afraid to be in Rocke…

Over the years I have shared a lot of stories about Alabama’s colorful political figures. We have had some characters like Big Jim Folsom and George Wallace. Big Jim was gregarious and fun loving. Wallace was a political genius and without question the most prolific politician in Alabama his…

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A Tim James for Governor commercial is playing in the background as I’ve settled down to write on this Confederate Memorial Day, one of three confederate holidays still celebrated by the State of Alabama. I had planned to question why we still celebrate such holidays, other than for a day of…

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I have had the opportunity to give training to about twelve thousand pastors since establishing this leadership ministry fourteen years ago. I think the area where this has made the biggest difference is in India. I have been to India five times and helped train over 3,000 pastors there. The…

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Many of you have asked the question, “Have you ever seen anyone simply run a media only campaign and avoid campaigning like Mike Durant has done in this year’s U.S. Senate campaign.” Surprisingly my answer for many of you is, “yes, I have.”

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A mild panic set in last week among those who want to keep the nanny state of Twitter just as it is when gazillionaire Elon Musk, who as Twitter’s largest shareholder holds some 9% of the company’s stock, announced he would like to take the company private. Early onset fears of checkmate set…

Why do we keep doing this? Late Thursday evening, or maybe it was Friday morning, the Alabama Legislature closed up the 2022 regular session. The final day, like many of the days that came before it in this session, was a mess of worthless, hurtful, pandering bills that were written (or copi…

For several years leading up to the 2010 Census count, the national projections were that Alabama would lose one of our seven congressional districts and drop to six. When the count was taken, we surprised ourselves and the nation and kept our seven seats in the United States Congress.

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At what point do you become an adult in Alabama? Well that depends especially on which adult privileges you would like to exercise. The age of majority in most states is 18 years old. In Alabama the legal age of majority is 19 years old.

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Brooke and Breanna Bennett are about to accomplish something few do: pass a bill through the Alabama Legislature. That’s even more impressive considering they are not even old enough to drive. House Bill 50, sponsored by Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham), has already passed the House unanim…

One area in life where we need to have good eyesight is in hindsight. Read the following as an eye exam to determine how good your hindsight is. In the next couple of weeks, I will offer an eye exam for insight and foresight.

It was no surprise when 60 years ago President Kennedy nominated Byron White as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

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Young Boozer is state treasurer, again, and deservedly so. Boozer was first elected as Alabama’s State Treasurer in 2010. He did an excellent job during his first four years and was reelected in 2014 without opposition. Thus, serving eight consecutive years as state treasurer. He could have …

Times have changed. I remember getting a bar of soap in my mouth once for swearing as a kid. Even words like “gosh” and “darn” were pushing the limits. Nowadays parents are plastering disrespectful bumper stickers on their SUVs and sharing hateful memes to their social media pages. Recently …

Russia has invaded Ukraine. How should I respond? Here is my action plan!

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Over the years, I have discussed my observations and concepts of the two different roles or routes taken by a U.S. Senator or Congressman during their tenure in Washington.

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To the surprise of no one, politicians are liars. Now I’m not just picking on politicians. Everyone lies.

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It took less than a minute on Tuesday for the Alabama House State Government Committee to pass an amended bill which would ban the teaching of “divisive concepts” in Alabama public school classrooms.

I was talking recently with my good friend, Dr. James O. Davis, the co-founder of Global Church Network, who has been the principal coordinator for training pastors worldwide through the Global Church Divinity School and the Global Hubs of Christianity. He received the baton of leadership fr…