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Steve Flowers: Most incumbents should win
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Steve Flowers: Most incumbents should win

By STEVE FLOWERS, political columnist Our antiquated 1901 Constitution was designed to give inordinate power to the Legislature.  During the Wallace years, the King of Alabama politics, George Wallace, usurped this power and controlled the Legislature from the Executive Branch of Government.  Over the last couple of decades the Legislature has wrestled this power back...

API’s Parker Snider: A Guide to Fake News
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API’s Parker Snider: A Guide to Fake News

By PARKER SNIDER, Alabama Policy Institute More than once every day. That’s how often President Trump publicly calls something “fake”—be it a story, poll, or news organization. Just this week, Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about, among other things, the proliferation of falsities on his social media platform, including in Alabama’s special election for U.S....

Kay Ivey: One year in, serving Alabama
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Kay Ivey: One year in, serving Alabama

By KAY IVEY, Governor April 10, 2018, marks one year since I unexpectedly became governor. With only three hours’ notice I was called on to lead. The tasks at hand were plentiful. We had to restore integrity to state government. Relationships with legislators and community leaders across the state had to be repaired. Priorities needed...

Bradley Byrne: Protecting our children
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Bradley Byrne: Protecting our children

By BRADLEY BYRNE, Member of Congress For much of the year, the safety of our students rests in the hands of the faculty, staff, and resource officers at our schools.  Without a shadow of a doubt, the people who know best how to protect our schools are the teachers, parents, administrators, police officers, and students...

Gun background check system riddled with flaws
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Gun background check system riddled with flaws

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Recent mass shootings have spurred Congress to try to improve the nation’s gun background check system that has failed on numerous occasions to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. The problem with the legislation, experts say, is that it only works if federal agencies, the...

Steve Flowers: McGregor will be active this election season
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Steve Flowers: McGregor will be active this election season

By Steve Flowers As the June primaries for our statewide races get closer, there is a lot of media attention and stories written about the power being wielded by special interests, PACs and big money. They focus on the large amount of cash and influence being bet on the horses for governor and the legislature....

Republicans want Trump to back off his tariff proposal
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Republicans want Trump to back off his tariff proposal

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public confrontation, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump pleaded with him Monday to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade war. Trump retorted: “We’re not backing down.” The president said U.S....