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Matthew Stokes: Is Maddox truly progressive?
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Matthew Stokes: Is Maddox truly progressive?

It is a common tendency among Democrats to proclaim themselves as progressive.  While many of people still use the word liberal to describe their Democratic friends and neighbors, that word has become an epithet, and so progressive is the more common term.   It’s a fair point, as it was the progressive movement in American...

Matthew Stokes: Back to School
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Matthew Stokes: Back to School

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Contributing Writer Now that summer is winding down and kids are back in school, our fall elections have turned towards education.   Gov. Kay Ivey has lately taken to defending her record on education and pledging to continue her policies, while her opponent, Walt Maddox, has noted that a...

Matthew Stokes: What is Conservatism?
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Matthew Stokes: What is Conservatism?

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Contributing Writer Ronald Reagan remains the standard bearer for American conservatism, and with good reason.   Though we’re almost forty years past his first election, Reagan encapsulated so much of what American conservatives and Republicans hope to emulate.  He was in command of his office, spoke plainly to all...