Archive for Weekly Column

December 28, 2016

At the close of every year my tradition is to acknowledge the passing away of significant political players from the political stage in Alabama. We have lost some Icons from politics in the Heart of Dixie this year.   Lucy Baxley passed away in October in Birmingham at 78. She was born on a farm […]

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December 21, 2016

Historically speaking, Alabamians have been more interested in the governor’s race than presidential politics. For years, from 1876 to 1964, we were a totally Democratic state, more so out of tradition than philosophically. The hatred for the radical Republican Reconstruction shackles invoked on the South made an indelible mark on white southern voters. It was […]

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December 14, 2016

While the presidential race played out this year, several things happened in Alabama politics that went under the radar. First, a federal appeals court upheld the legislature’s banning PAC to PAC transfers. The new Republican legislative majority that marched into the Statehouse in 2011 set out to destroy and bury the last bastion of Democratic […]

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December 06, 2016

It is Christmas time, and since Alabama is one of the most charitable states in the nation, I would expect that many of us are in the giving mood and plan to help many worthy causes across our great state. Unfortunately, it appears that some recent rulings by the Alabama Ethics Commission are going to […]

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November 30, 2016

It is definite, our Junior Senator, Jeff Sessions, is going to be President Donald Trump’s Attorney General, as well as his closest advisor. Sessions will be confirmed by the Senate.  He has been a respected member of the Senate for 20 years.  He has an impeccably clean history of integrity. Even though he is and […]

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November 23, 2016

Our Senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby will begin his sixth six-year term in January. He is an Alabama treasure. Over the past 30 years as our Senator he has brought millions of federal dollars home to Alabama. Richard Shelby currently reigns as Alabama’s most prominent political figure. He is one of Alabama’s three greatest Senators […]

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November 16, 2016

Donald J. Trump’s election to the presidency left the pollsters and pundits from every media outlet and news network with egg on their face.  It also left them with their mouths ajar in shock. Every poll and every pundit had Hillary Clinton winning the presidency.  It was assumed that the Electoral College advantage for a […]

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November 09, 2016

You know the outcome of the election. Unfortunately I had to go to press with the column prior to Tuesday. We will analyze the results for you next week. There should be very few surprises. The Electoral College System of selecting our President favors a Democrat winning the White House. Under this archaic and undemocratic […]

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November 02, 2016

We will vote to select the 44th President Tuesday. The next President will be a New Yorker. Whoever is selected will enter the Oval office with the most unfavorable poll ratings of any President in recent memory. This election will epitomize the old adage that George Wallace once told and that is, “more folks vote […]

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October 26, 2016

The year was 1962.   John Kennedy was President.  Camelot was in full bloom. The Congress was controlled by Democrats only because the South was solidly Democratic.  The Southern bloc of senators and congressmen were all Democrats.  Because of their enormous seniority, they controlled both houses of Congress, especially the Senate.  The issue of civil rights […]

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