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Skip Tucker: The Sting
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Skip Tucker: The Sting

"June 24, 1986 - Attorney Gen. Charles Allen Graddick, 42, of Mobile today was elected the 49th governor of Alabama."

That’s how Alabama history books should read. Instead, history marks the date as the beginning of the end of the  Alabama Democratic Party.

Skip Tucker: It’s Their Party, Can Die If They Want To
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Skip Tucker: It’s Their Party, Can Die If They Want To

In the 1986 gubernatorial election, the Alabama Democratic Executive Committee killed its state party through autoerotic asphyxiation.

It accomplished this self infliction by stealing the 1986 gubernatorial election from conservative Charlie Graddick and handing it to liberal Bill Baxley. Not only was in done in broad daylight, it was done over a workweek’s time.

Skip Tucker: Death in a Small Town
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Skip Tucker: Death in a Small Town

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist April 3, 1974 – Beth Tucker slowly swam back through a twilight zone to full consciousness. Sitting on wet grass in a light rain, wearing a Babydoll nightgown, she looked around in the early dark at a scene from The Twilight Zone. Destruction. Dystopian. Post-apocalyptic. The 23-year-old...

Skip Tucker: The Finger of God
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Skip Tucker: The Finger of God

Today, Beth Tucker will say a prayer for tornado victims everywhere - past, present and future. She’ll pray for those killed or wounded, in whatever way, in Beauregard, Alabama and in Havana, Cuba.

Skip Tucker: Attempted Roadkill
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Skip Tucker: Attempted Roadkill

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist When I read in Alabama Daily News that the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee voted to officially oppose the gas tax, visions of potholes swam before my eyes to the point that I clutched a bottle of rum to ward off seasickness. It’s a sweepingly horrible decision....

Skip Tucker: Another Brick in the Wall
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Skip Tucker: Another Brick in the Wall

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist After national pollsters, national talking heads and Hillary Clinton were handed their collective hindends by Donald Trump on election night, they made promises to be honest in future. They did this with straight faces. The slick Huffington Post had given Clinton a probability win factor of –...

Skip Tucker: Regarding the Pothole
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Skip Tucker: Regarding the Pothole

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Todd Stacy and Alabama Daily News, while setting a new pace for state news media (and whaling the tar out of pretenders), hasgiven me and some talented young pros the opportunity to help in the worthy endeavor. One of the things I do is to use politics from Back...

Skip Tucker: Roger the Sparrow Ain’t a Saint.
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Skip Tucker: Roger the Sparrow Ain’t a Saint.

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist Roger Goodell as commissioner of the National Football League is paid $35 million a year. Many think he is not worth a sparrowpoot in the midst of Katrina. Number me among them. For those who might’ve been away, on Mars or somewhere, NFL referees fresh from the...

Skip Tucker: SEC! SEC! SEC!
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Skip Tucker: SEC! SEC! SEC!

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist Billy Richardson of Jasper was a member of Coach Paul Bryant’s first national championship team at Alabama, 1961. That team also featured Cotton Clark of Carbon Hill. Things were different, wildly different, in those days. There was no limit on how many scholarships could be given. Players...