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Martha Roby: Sharing the true spirit of the season
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Martha Roby: Sharing the true spirit of the season

By MARTHA ROBY, Congressman, Alabama’s 2nd District For many of us, life can get really busy during the holiday season. There are countless errands to run, meals to prepare, friends and family to visit, and so much more. It is all too easy to become distracted from what really matters during this special time of...

Gerald Dial: Points of Wisdom for New (and Old) Lawmakers
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Gerald Dial: Points of Wisdom for New (and Old) Lawmakers

By GERALD DIAL, Alabama State Senator 1.   KEEP YOUR WORD The only significant difference between two legislators is that one will keep his or her word and one will not – not only to fellow legislators, but to constituents and lobbyists as well. If you make a commitment, keep your word (and be careful when you...

Perry Hooper, Jr.: Remembering “41”
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Perry Hooper, Jr.: Remembering “41”

By PERRY HOOPER, JR. It has been gratifying to see President George H.W. Bush finally receive the recognition he deserves. He was one of the finest men to serve as president and among America’s most consequential chief executives. His life was filled with accomplishments that few can claim. Here are some highlights. As one of...

Farm Bill: Senate passes overwhelmingly; House vote to come
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Farm Bill: Senate passes overwhelmingly; House vote to come

From wire and staff reports WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program. The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send...

Rachel Bryars: School boards are choosing systems over students by calling for scholarship repeal
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Rachel Bryars: School boards are choosing systems over students by calling for scholarship repeal

By RACHEL BRYARS, Alabama Policy Institute Boards representing three of the state’s largest public school systems – Mobile, Baldwin and Montgomery counties – recently passed resolutions calling for a repeal of Alabama’s landmark tax credit scholarships for low income families. They claim that the small yet popular program created in 2013 by the Alabama Accountability Act has “caused harm...

Shelby after CIA briefing: ‘somebody should be punished’ for Saudi killing
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Shelby after CIA briefing: ‘somebody should be punished’ for Saudi killing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking with President Donald Trump, senators leaving a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday said they are even more convinced that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senate Foreign Relations Committee...

About 4,000 migrants died or missing on way to US
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About 4,000 migrants died or missing on way to US

By MARIA VERZA, Associated Press SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Haydee Posadas had waited eight years for her son to come home. On the last night of her long vigil, she was too agitated to sleep. Her son had fled Honduras for the U.S. in 2010 in part because of gang threats, just as thousands...

How the ‘Project New World’ Mazda-Toyota site search ended in Alabama
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How the ‘Project New World’ Mazda-Toyota site search ended in Alabama

By JERRY UNDERWOOD, Made in Alabama In three recorded sessions, a team from JLL Chicago discusses the genesis of what became known as “Project New World,” shares particulars on a rigorous, fast-paced site search, and reveals the factors that finally separated Huntsville from other suitors for a joint Mazda-Toyota manufacturing plant. Claiming one of the most coveted industrial prizes...

Perry Hooper: The F-35 is Great for Alabama and America
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Perry Hooper: The F-35 is Great for Alabama and America

By PERRY HOOPER, JR. The future of Dannelly Field, the living history of the Tuskegee Airmen and the growing military economy in our Montgomery community are all tied to the future of the F-35 Lightning II, the world’s most advanced military fighter jet. Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to thank Vice President Mike...