Archive for Weekly Column

March 08, 2017

The premier issue of this year’s legislative session will be whether to borrow a massive amount of money to build new prisons in the state. This initiative appears to be our lame duck Governor Robert Bentley’s primary agenda. Last year Bentley proposed an $800 million bond issue for new prisons. He has come forward with […]

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March 01, 2017

We have unbelievable natural resources in Alabama starting with the Tennessee Valley and transcending to the beautiful white sands at Gulf Shores. Many of our natural resources have been exploited over the years. The prime example would be the exploitation of our rich vaults of iron ore discovered in Jefferson County in the early 20th […]

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February 22, 2017

As I have suggested to you, we are looking at one momentous 2018-election year, and it has begun.  Get this folks; we have an open governor’s race.  We have openings at Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner, three seats on the Supreme Court including the Chief Justice position, all 35 state Senate seats, […]

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February 15, 2017

This third year of the quadrennium Regular Session of the legislature has recently gotten a lot more complex. These next four months will be trying times for the Alabama legislature. They will not only have to deal with a beleaguered General Fund Budget that has to feed a money-eating monster named Medicaid, they have an […]

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February 08, 2017

As the third regular session of this quadrennium begins, the paramount focus once again will be on the budgets. Even more specifically, it will be about the General Fund Budget. Alabama is one of five states that has two budgets. Our Education Budget now receives over two thirds of our tax revenue due to the […]

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February 01, 2017

During the past couple of months everywhere I go people continually ask me why in the world the legislature could not simply put the issue of whether they could vote for or against a lottery on the November ballot. The fact that this inquiry has lingered for this long tells me that folks are upset […]

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January 25, 2017

Hillary Clinton’s failure to break the proverbial glass ceiling in American politics came up a little short.  More than 100 men have been nominated for president by the nation’s political parties over the past 220 years.  She was the first female to be the nominee of one of the two major parties. After Hillary became […]

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January 18, 2017

The passing of Governor Albert Brewer on January 2nd at 88 years old marks the passing of an era in Alabama politics. Albert P. Brewer was a good man and a true public servant. Brewer was born in Tennessee, but his folks moved to Decatur when he was very young after his father accepted a […]

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January 11, 2017

Alabama is going to fare wall under President Trump. There is an old adage that says, “Those that bake the pie get to eat it.” We truly baked the pie for Trump. We overwhelmingly supported him in the GOP primary and helped him secure the nomination. We then gave him one of the largest mandates […]

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January 04, 2017

This past year in Alabama politics was surprisingly more interesting than was expected. The judicial inquiry commission removed Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench for telling the probate judges in the state to not perform marriage ceremonies for gay people. He said marriage should be between a man and a woman, as […]

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