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Matthew Stokes: Don’t get scared now
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Matthew Stokes: Don’t get scared now

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist As our children get older, it has been a lot of fun rewatching older Christmas movies with them. Recently we pulled out Home Alone. Did you realize that movie is now twenty-eight years old? It holds up remarkably well, from the slapstick humor, the well-respected actors and actresses...

Matthew Stokes: On Straight Ticket Voting
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Matthew Stokes: On Straight Ticket Voting

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist There’s a story once told by the great pundit George F. Will.  When he was first hired to write for National Review, the conservative magazine, he confessed to his boss, NR editor William F. Buckley, Jr., that he wasn’t sure he could manage to put out three columns...

Matthew Stokes: GOP rule in Bama is undisputed
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Matthew Stokes: GOP rule in Bama is undisputed

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Political prognostications are tricky business, and the last week must have been murder on those who do it for a living.  The fabled “blue wave” looked more like a trickle on Tuesday evening, but as provisional ballots have matriculated through each state, the House GOP appears to have...

Matthew Stokes: A Halloween humbug learns to love the holiday
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Matthew Stokes: A Halloween humbug learns to love the holiday

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Let me make a little confession.  I don’t like Halloween. It’s not really a moral thing.  We’re far enough removed from the days of the Druids that I can overlook the day’s mostly pagan origins. It’s just such a hassle. There’s buying the costumes, and the wailing and...

Matthew Stokes: I hate all of this
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Matthew Stokes: I hate all of this

So much of our democracy depends on the grey area of norms and expectations, not simply black and white laws.  The last week has lit that all on fire. We should all fear what remains when the smoke clears.

Matthew Stokes: Ivey using politics, not conspiracy
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Matthew Stokes: Ivey using politics, not conspiracy

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News columnist With just under two months to go until election day, I had hoped to throw in a few more columns on cultural topics like youth sports (honestly, they’re too intense).  Instead, the Alabama gubernatorial race has taken a bizarre turn towards the conspiratorial. The conspiracy runs something like...