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Parker Snider: Our Elected Officials, a Mirror of Ourselves
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Parker Snider: Our Elected Officials, a Mirror of Ourselves

By Parker Snider, Alabama Policy Institute “Who am I?” We are all, at some point, faced with this question. Some, more than others, have a considerably difficult time determining an answer (see Hugh Jackman’s character struggle with this question in Les Misérables). Although typically reserved for personal wrestling, this is a question Alabamians should be asking regularly, albeit...

Release: Coalition of Local Young Professionals Endorse MPS School Board Candidates
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Release: Coalition of Local Young Professionals Endorse MPS School Board Candidates

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A diverse, bipartisan coalition of Montgomery-area young professionals today endorsed four candidates for seats on the Montgomery County Board of Education as part of its effort to elect new leadership for Montgomery schools. The candidate endorsements were made by the Expect More for Montgomery Public Schools Campaign. Expect More for MPS is a diverse,...

Skip Tucker: Go vote, or Staff Sgt. Tucker will get you
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Skip Tucker: Go vote, or Staff Sgt. Tucker will get you

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News contributor The vernal equinox slipped seamlessly by, mystically doing whatever equinoxes do, but this one brought more than buttercups. It opened the natural political season, for good or ill. Alabama voters, stomachs barely settled from a soul-scorching U.S. Senate race that felt more like a blow from a rifle...

Hooper: Trump’s America is Hitting on All Cylinders
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Hooper: Trump’s America is Hitting on All Cylinders

By Perry O. Hooper, Jr.    In Trump’s America unemployment continues to set record lows. Jobs are being created at record levels and wages are rising for the first time in a decade. Perhaps the biggest economic news of the Trump administration according to the Washington Times is the growth in revenue from the tax cuts: “The federal government...

A Crossroads for Education in Alabama
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A Crossroads for Education in Alabama

By Thomas Rains, VP of Policy and Operations A+ Education Partnership Alabama is approaching an education crossroads. Many of the state officials in charge of education will begin new terms next year. Gov. Kay Ivey or her successor will begin a full term in office, and a record number of newcomers will be sworn into the...

Skip Tucker: Wary of Vote Fraud, Then and Now
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Skip Tucker: Wary of Vote Fraud, Then and Now

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News contributor The man from Chicago, in Alabama to oversee ballot security for the 1986 Graddick for Governor Campaign, looked up from the pages he was studying.  He was sitting at a small desk in an enclave at Graddick’s Montgomery headquarters where I was holding a meeting. I was in...

Statement from BCA Chairman Perry Hand
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Statement from BCA Chairman Perry Hand

Business Council of Alabama Chairman Perry Hand released the following statement after Monday’s executive committee meeting in which the organization adopted a “succession plan.” CEO Billy Canary is set to retire when his contract is up in 2020. “The Executive Committee and Officers of the Business Council of Alabama met today in a face-to-face discussion entitled “Planning...

Alabama Bankers Association: Myth v. Fact on S.B. 2155
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Alabama Bankers Association: Myth v. Fact on S.B. 2155

Claim: This bill only helps the nation’s biggest banks. Fact: There are roughly 5,700 banks in this country and nearly all of them (98 percent) have less than $10 billion in assets. The majority of the provisions in this bill are directed toward these community banks by reducing cost-prohibitive rules that were never meant for...