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Steve Flowers: Low Voter Turnout Expected for Primary
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Steve Flowers: Low Voter Turnout Expected for Primary

By STEVE FLOWERS, Columnist We are less than four weeks away from our June 5th primary. Those of us who follow Alabama politics have pointed to this year as being a very entertaining and interesting gubernatorial year. However, last year’s resignation by former Governor, Robert Bentley and the ascension of Kay Ivey from Lt. Governor...

Steve Flowers: Supreme Court Races On Ballot This Year
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Steve Flowers: Supreme Court Races On Ballot This Year

By STEVE FLOWERS Among the plethora of races on the ballot this year are the important seats on the Alabama Supreme Court.  We have an unprecedented five out of nine seats up for election. Our Alabama Supreme Court as well as our Courts of Criminal Appeals are extremely conservative, pro-business and all Republican. This conservatism...

Steve Flowers: Most incumbents should win
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Steve Flowers: Most incumbents should win

By STEVE FLOWERS, political columnist Our antiquated 1901 Constitution was designed to give inordinate power to the Legislature.  During the Wallace years, the King of Alabama politics, George Wallace, usurped this power and controlled the Legislature from the Executive Branch of Government.  Over the last couple of decades the Legislature has wrestled this power back...

API’s Parker Snider: A Guide to Fake News
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API’s Parker Snider: A Guide to Fake News

By PARKER SNIDER, Alabama Policy Institute More than once every day. That’s how often President Trump publicly calls something “fake”—be it a story, poll, or news organization. Just this week, Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about, among other things, the proliferation of falsities on his social media platform, including in Alabama’s special election for U.S....

Kay Ivey: One year in, serving Alabama
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Kay Ivey: One year in, serving Alabama

By KAY IVEY, Governor April 10, 2018, marks one year since I unexpectedly became governor. With only three hours’ notice I was called on to lead. The tasks at hand were plentiful. We had to restore integrity to state government. Relationships with legislators and community leaders across the state had to be repaired. Priorities needed...

Bradley Byrne: Protecting our children
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Bradley Byrne: Protecting our children

By BRADLEY BYRNE, Member of Congress For much of the year, the safety of our students rests in the hands of the faculty, staff, and resource officers at our schools.  Without a shadow of a doubt, the people who know best how to protect our schools are the teachers, parents, administrators, police officers, and students...

Gun background check system riddled with flaws
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Gun background check system riddled with flaws

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Recent mass shootings have spurred Congress to try to improve the nation’s gun background check system that has failed on numerous occasions to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. The problem with the legislation, experts say, is that it only works if federal agencies, the...