Category: Commentary

Matthew Stokes: The shutdown turns a month old
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Matthew Stokes: The shutdown turns a month old

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Today, the shutdown of the federal government is in its 31st day, and there appears to be no clear end in sight. On Saturday, President Donald Trump made an offer to Congress for three year extensions for DACA and Temporary Protected Status for immigrants facing expiration from the...

Matthew Stokes: A fiscal conservative ponders the gas tax
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Matthew Stokes: A fiscal conservative ponders the gas tax

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist By the time this goes to print, most all of Alabama’s students will be back at school, and the rest of us will be back to work.  Our elected officials are doing the same; Alabama’s legislative session begins this week, and Congress is back in Washington D.C. With...

Perry Hooper: Trump’s Year in Review
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Perry Hooper: Trump’s Year in Review

By PERRY HOOPER, Jr. President Donald J. Trump approached 2018 just as he did 2017–fulfilling campaign promises and meeting new challenges head on. Here are some of his major accomplishments for the year: Confronting China – Much of the heartland anxiety that vaulted Trump into the Oval Office can be directly attributed to the abusive...

Steve French: 1988 and the seeds of Alabama’s Republican rule
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Steve French: 1988 and the seeds of Alabama’s Republican rule

By STEVE FRENCH, former Alabama State Senator and Republican political operative Recently, we buried the first president I had the pleasure to work for: George Herbert Walker Bush. The personal memories associated with that event, along with the ending of 2018, have caused me to reflect on a pivotal year in Alabama politics; 1988.  ...

Bruce Ely: Alabama worst in the U.S. for sales tax red tape
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Bruce Ely: Alabama worst in the U.S. for sales tax red tape

By BRUCE ELY, Senior Partner, Bradley Law Firm Originally posted as a guest blog at David Sher’s Comeback Town.  Alabama cities and counties depend heavily on revenues from sales taxes. Unlike other states, sales taxes are the largest single source of tax revenue for Alabama municipalities and many counties. With Amazon and online sales growing...

Pepper Bryars: While the Supreme Court deliberates, Alabama should shine the light on asset forfeiture  
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Pepper Bryars: While the Supreme Court deliberates, Alabama should shine the light on asset forfeiture  

By J. PEPPER BRYARS, Alabama Policy Institute The U.S. Supreme Court recently signaled that it’s ready to limit the government’s power to confiscate things like cars, houses, and cash that prosecutors have proven, or maybe just reasonably suspect, were involved in crimes. The court heard oral arguments related to Indiana’s use of the power, known as asset...

Matthew Stokes: We’ll miss The Weekly Standard
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Matthew Stokes: We’ll miss The Weekly Standard

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Last Friday was a sad day for a certain type of conservative.  I say a certain type because there are various kinds of conservatives, with various passions that animate them.  For those of us who read and digest conservative policy, ideas, and cultural criticism, the closing of The...

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...

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...