The wife asked that I not share my story with you this week. She was already exasperated from me telling anyone who’d listen about my upcoming procedure. But, as I explained to her, it’s my job to tell these stories, especially if it could save a life. I’ll just make sure there are no copies…

When you set out to accomplish a goal, and things become challenging, you have two choices—you can keep going forward, or you can sit down and quit. Winners keep on keeping on—losers quit. Winners find a way—losers find an exit.

There is nothing Alabama Democrats can do about Republican supermajorities in this very red state. Have you heard that one?

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The upcoming 2020 census is extremely critical in Alabama and the rest of the states in the nation, as well. The census affects the number of seats a state has in the U.S. Congress and ultimately the number of Electoral College Votes you have for president. Also, very importantly, the amount…

It hasn’t been hard to find a story about what Governor Kay Ivey did when she was a student at Auburn. Local news, state news and national news – all have carried stories about college student Kay Ivey performing in a skit with a “black face.”

Governor Kay Ivey has had a very successful first year as governor. One of the coups she pulled off was getting the legislature to pass legislation granting the governor the power to appoint the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The new law will give her all the new appointments to the Parole Bo…

Recently I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days with seven of my closest childhood friends, whom I’ve known collectively for more than 270 years. Most of us met in elementary school and all but one followed the same collegiate path to Auburn after graduating from Jeff Davis High School.

It seems that the political battleground over nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) have grown in size and importance every year for quite some time. The amount of blood on the political battleground has increased as well.

I perceive that a defining characteristic of modern life in the United States is the loss of control over our tongues and our words posted on social media. Our words have become toxic. There is no filter on what people are saying. Our words are leading to cutting people down rather than buil…

Montgomery residents go to the polls Tuesday, August 27, to elect a new mayor and city council. Twelve mayoral candidates are on the ballot, but you probably couldn’t name half of them. The election is a week away and only three have had the Big Mule backing or self-funded ability to flood t…

We in America have been greatly blessed. We enjoy so many freedoms, financial successes, religious opportunities, natural resources—the list goes on and on. By any metric, we are extremely blessed. It becomes easy to take our blessings for granted.

My flight from Baltimore was late landing Sunday night. And then I had to drive back home. The drive from Birmingham to home seemed like forever – it always does, and by the time I opened the garage door it was closing in on midnight.

There are very few Alabamians left who remember the 1950’s story of Phenix City, Alabama. After World War II, a good many of the military soldiers, enlisted men, stayed on for a while. A host of them were stationed at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia. As many of you know, Columbus, Georgia a…

It has become an epidemic. Across the city of Montgomery gunfire can be heard on any given night. Sure, it is worse in other places like Chicago or Baltimore, but this is our home and we should be concerned. It wasn’t even 7 o’clock in the evening on Saturday when several dozen rounds of gun…

A wise man once told me, “Do the things that God created you to do – and avoid the things that God instructed you not to do.” That’s good wisdom. We get in deep trouble when we don’t follow it. It happened to Charlie Duke, one of the astronauts on Apollo 16.

Governor Kay Ivey’s first legislative session of the quadrennium was very successful. Her prowess at getting things accomplished with this Legislature has been remarkable.

Our Federal constitution is being put to the test. The tests will grow in number and become more difficult. Between the parties involved the tests will probably become nastier and nastier.

The long hot summer has brought some crystallization to the 2020 U.S. Senate race. This seat is the Senate Seat held by Senator Jeff Sessions for almost two decades. He unwittingly made a strange and probably very regrettable decision to join President Donald J. Trump’s administration as att…

During the 1960s President John F. Kennedy shared with the world his dream that the United States would put a man on the moon by the end of the century. That was a bold vision. Many people laughed at him, and told him how impossible that would be. But he kept that “impossible” vision in fron…

Barring any last-minute surprises, the field appears set for the GOP Senate primary race next March to determine who will face incumbent Democrat Senator Doug Jones in November of 2020.

A few weeks ago a member of the Alabama Legislature called me and asked me why I never said anything good about them, the legislators. The member that called me is an infrequent friendly acquaintance and certainly deserved for me to enter the “play nice” mode. I apologized for my failures an…

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…

A challenge in life can either be a stumbling block or a stepping stone – it depends on how we handle it. Nehemiah gives us great insight on how to handle challenges. You remember that he and the people in Israel had been in exile in Babylon. Nehemiah was given the challenge to return to Jer…

Rep. Tommy Hanes is mad at facts. For real. Hanes apparently spent his Christmas vacation writing out bills to pre-file, and the submission of those bills has not brought about the gratitude from the masses that Hanes was so obviously shooting for.

Could Medicaid expansion finally be coming to Alabama? Several recent indicators point to the possibility Governor Kay Ivey might reconsider it when the legislative session begins next month. The Governor can make the change with the stroke of a pen, only needing the legislature to budget fo…

A survey revealed that 70% of people read about, watch or discuss sports every day. Only 3.7% say their lives are untouched by sports.

As the new quadrennium crests in Alabama government, everybody looks toward a new beginning. There is a new fresh four years ahead for the newly elected leaders. They are overwhelmingly Republican. The Governor is Republican and all of the accompanying constitutional officeholders are member…

The Republicans and the Democrats need each other. I’ve always said that. They need someone to beat so they have each other. If no one else is in the fight then almost all competition is eliminated. If both major parties control the legislative and executive branches then they can keep all o…

Preparations are being made to take the 2020 Census. This process is not just a fun game to spell out demographic changes and interesting tidbits about us as Americans. It is a very important mandate dictated by the Constitution. The number of people counted determines how many seats each st…

Life has its advantages. Those advantages come in different sizes, styles, and situations. Let me tell you about an interesting advantage that every person can have.