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There was hope, but no surprises (opinion) – August 17, 2018

August 17, 2018

by Jeff Martin The Alabama GOP has cause to rejoice, as the Alabama Democratic Party (ADP) suffers from another self-inflicted wound to the head. That was my first reaction Saturday when ADP boss Joe Reed stacked the deck to ensure his patsy Nancy Worley would win another four-year term as Chairwoman of the ADP againstContinue Reading

Senate race home stretch, Trump endorses Strange

August 8, 2017

by Jeff Martin The field of candidates vying to fulfill the remaining term of former United States Senator and current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions are preparing for the home stretch with the special primary election one week away. A special summer time election with just one race on the ballot isn’t likely to generate…...

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Who will be the next junior Senator from Alabama?

December 29, 2016

Commentary by Publisher Jeff Martin The United States Senate has scheduled Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings for January 10-11. As most of you know, Sen. Sessions was recently nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next United States Attorney General. Governor Robert Bentley has had over a hundred people inquire to be named…...

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With new technology comes a ‘news’ problem

November 7, 2016

by Jeff Martin Once upon a time, before social media and cable news, everyone received their news from the same credible sources. The information wasn’t doubted and it was generally considered to be fair and honest reporting. Growing up, each morning front lawns would be dotted with the morning newspaper and each evening adults wouldContinue Reading

State Employees Should Be A Budget Priority in 2017 – Commentary

October 6, 2016

by Rep. Craig Ford Imagine you went for nine years without a pay raise. Now imagine that, during those nine years, your boss made you start paying more for your health insurance and retirement plan. Now imagine that your boss laid-off about one out of every five of your coworkers, forcing you to do theirContinue Reading

Mason continues to pull the strings in Governor’s office

September 23, 2016

by Jeff Martin There are a lot of problems in the state of Alabama, but VictoryLand reopening shouldn’t be one of them. Folks aren’t up in arms about electronic bingo, matter of fact; I haven’t heard anyone complain other than Attorney General Luther Strange and flip flopper Governor Robert Bentley. Not to mention it has…...

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VictoryLand Reopening Is A Victory For Democracy – Commentary

September 21, 2016

by Rep. Craig Ford I have always believed that gambling is an issue that should be decided by the voters. And I will never understand why, in the middle of the biggest economic recession our country has seen since the Great Depression, our state leaders chose to put hundreds of people out of work andContinue Reading

Why The Lottery Must Go To Scholarships, And Won’t Save Medicaid Or The General Fund Budget

July 26, 2016

by Rep. Craig Ford  Over the last year or so, the lottery has been getting more and more attention and support from state legislators. The lottery is extremely popular, getting over 60 percent favorable support in all the public opinion polls that I’ve seen. The debate these days isn’t so much over whether we shouldContinue Reading

Help Wanted: Speaker of the Alabama State House – Commentary

July 21, 2016

By: State Representative Anthony Daniels Wanted: a Speaker of the House who will work across party lines to put Alabamians first and restore public trust in government. Must have the stamina, experience, and will to take on the state’s most pressing challenges, including the shortfall in our general fund, economic growth, tax reform and much,Continue Reading

The Next Speaker of the House Should Not Be Chosen Behind Close Doors – Commentary

July 6, 2016

by Rep. Craig Ford When former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, was convicted on 12 felony counts of corruption, he was immediately removed from office. Now, the state House of Representatives must elect a new speaker. The state constitution requires legislators to hold a public vote to elect the next speaker, but the realityContinue Reading