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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...

Stokes: Reviewing “Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying America”
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Stokes: Reviewing “Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying America”

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist It’s not uncommon for columnists to put out a list of recommended books early in the summer in hopes that readers will take up their suggestions during lazy days at the beach or lake.  That time is past now, but perhaps you can get in a few quick...

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...