There were two major issues not resolved during the just completed regular legislative session.  Gambling and prisons were left on the table and up in the air.

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Attempts at solving Alabama’s “prison problem” is quickly beginning to resemble the success rate of Charlie Brown’s effort to kick the football. The Kay Ivey/Bob Riley plan to build three new men’s prisons through Core Civic seems to be dead. Of course we must keep in mind that bad political…

We are all looking forward to next year’s gigantic political cavalcade.  The 2022 elections in Alabama will be momentous.  We will have an open U.S. Senate seat along with seven congressional seats, all running under new district lines.  We have a governor’s race along with all the other Con…

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I’m starting to think there may be a conspiracy against Kamala Harris to hurt her chances of political advancement. One should always be careful not to presume conspiracy in politics when ignorance can explain the same phenomenon. We take that lesson, if nothing else, from Donald Trump. But …

The 2021 Legislative Session is in the books.  I would rate it a success. When you pass budgets that are balanced, any session is a success.  In fact, the only constitutional mandate given to the legislature is that they pass the two budgets.

I hope we are all in agreement that the country’s return to normalcy is something to celebrate. The dog, the kid, the wife and I (that’s the pecking order in our household) have our bags packed and summer itinerary planned. All vaccinated, sans dog, we are ready to conquer the world or at le…

Looking at life through human glasses causes us to see burdens. Looking at life through God’s glasses helps us to see blessings. God says, “I will enjoy blessing them.” (Jer. 32:41) John writes, “From his abundance, we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” (John 1:16)

Stop me if you’ve heard this: The gambling bill isn’t dead yet. That’s right, the “grand deal” gambling bill that seemingly died in the Alabama Senate in the early days of the 2021 Legislative Session only to come roaring back to life a few weeks later, only to seemingly die again when it di…

A good many of you enjoyed the George Wallace story I shared with you a few weeks ago. Allow me to reminisce and share two more funny Wallace era stories.

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Alabama’s prison problems have been characterized by unserious solutions to very serious problems. It looks to me like that trend is continuing with Gov. Kay Ivey’s plan to end-run the legislature and commence, all of a sudden, with a prison construction plan that has already exceeded its pr…

The gambling bill died. There was never even an attempt at a bill to address horrible state prisons. The governor still has all of her executive powers in place. The state of Alabama is still refusing — against all facts and basic math — to expand Medicaid.

When Senator Richard Shelby announced he would not run for reelection to a sixth six-year term in 2022, speculation immediately began as to who would run for our iconic senior senator’s seat. Numerous names were floated as to who might lineup for the coveted seat.  It is expected to be a fai…

Imagine every time you heard the sound of a jet flying above it gave you pause and made your heart skip a beat. The thought of missiles raining down in my neighborhood isn’t even fathomable, yet for the Israelis and Palestinians it is very real. I’m sure you have seen the images on the night…

Heroes are people who are disciplined in learning, accept tough challenges, always stay calm, and think quickly about how to solve a problem. A crisis doesn’t create heroes – it reveals them!

Some of you have inquired how Alabama will fare in Washington after Senator Richard Shelby retires at the end of 2022.  The answer is that it will be nothing less than devastating for the Heart of Dixie.  The amount of federal dollars that Senator Shelby has individually brought home is inca…

One of the bedrock principles in the United States is the idea of free association. Enshrined in the first amendment is the freedom of like-minded consenting adults to gather, organize and exchange ideas (or bodily fluids) more or less without government intrusion. But when the unity of thos…

Sports teams are identified by their names. I remember being present when the Montgomery Minor League Baseball team name was announced. The name chosen was “Montgomery Biscuits.” There was disbelief when the crowd heard it, but it’s turned out to be a great name. I understand that the Montgo…

The 2020 legislative regular session is wrapping up.  After this week’s two-days of meeting days, only one final legislative day remains on May 17.

The number one resolution at the beginning of each year is to lose weight. Very few people are successful at it. One of the downsides of the pandemic has been the fact that people have been indoors, haven’t exercised, and have eaten a good bit more. America is heavier following the pandemic.

This week allow me to share with you a sketch of the men and women who sit on our State Supreme Court. These nine Justices are all Republican, all conservative on both social and business issues.  All are very devout in their faith and very connected to their church and their family.

I’m at a loss for words to even begin to explain the 2021 legislative session. Similar to the past year, it has been far from the ordinary. Public access has been severely limited and lobbying had to be reinvented, but the legislature has managed to navigate the course for better or worse.

Last week, I wrote about the danger of little things and how they can become destructive. Today, I want to look at the other side of that coin and show the constructive power of little things.

Our 1901 Alabama Constitution replicates the United States Constitution in designing a triumvirate of government.  The Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches are designed to have separate and essentially equal powers.

I watch the same news you do; and I see the same events unfold when it comes to police shootings of unarmed people. There are people in my business that will tell you that racism is at the heart of these encounters. No doubt in a given population there are going to be some racists - some of …

COVID-19, the coronavirus, almost shut down the world in 2020. It affected health, education, travel, eating habits, the economy, relationships – the list goes on and on.

Hopefully, you participated in the census last year.  It is vitally important for each state that every person is counted.

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Alabama’s proposed law to establish criminal penalties for doctors that perform “sex change” operations on minors has hit a snag. Now right from the beginning let me say loud and clear what everybody should already know. There is no such thing as a “sex change” operation. People can mutilate…

It was a grave mistake. Jesus had upset religious and non-religious people. They were determined to put an end to his movement. After an unjust trial, they crucified him on a hill called Golgotha, then thought it was over when they put His body in a borrowed grave.

As the Regular Legislative Session evolves, I recall years past when George Wallace was governor. George Wallace was definitely a political genius and a master of the legislative process.  You might say that he was so successful because he had a lot of experience with being governor and deal…

My “piddling around” time coincides with cocktail hour most evenings. I can be found scavenging around the yard, usually with a beer in hand, poking at hornets’ nests, shaking tree limbs and cussing my crumbling driveway, all while anxiously awaiting the next unassuming person to walk by or …

    Etched in the black granite wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are the names of 58,156 Americans who died in that war. A visit to the memorial can be very emotional for veterans, family members, and tourists. Many people are looking for a specific name, perhaps a parent, a spouse, a c…

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Last week we alerted you to the fact that next year will be a banner year in Alabama politics.  The governor, lieutenant governor and all other statewide constitutional offices are up for election.  All 140 members of the legislature are up for election and will be running under new lines.  …

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Do you ever get so old people are justified in keeping you from doing your job? Alabama, like many states, requires judges to retire - or at any rate it prohibits them from running for re-election, once they reach age 70. Presumably they can’t be trusted for sound judgement once that magical…

How do you determine the value of anything? The world in which we live is rapidly changing concerning values. Each of us must determine what is valuable!