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AP FACT CHECK: Obama doesn’t always tell the straight story
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AP FACT CHECK: Obama doesn’t always tell the straight story

Former President Barack Obama's recent denunciation of President Donald Trump's treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public during his administration. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican "sabotage" has cost 3 million people their health insurance.

Martha Roby: Finalizing the Farm Bill
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Martha Roby: Finalizing the Farm Bill

Agriculture legislation doesn’t just affect the farmer who puts the seed in the ground. We’re also affecting the ones who sell the seed, who build the equipment to cultivate and harvest the crop, and those who help process the goods to their final products.

Parker Snider: Understanding CA One: The Ten Commandments and Religious Freedom
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Parker Snider: Understanding CA One: The Ten Commandments and Religious Freedom

By PARKER SNIDER, Alabama Policy Institute For years, discussion over the public display of the Ten Commandments has animated Alabama’s political landscape. The issue is so energizing, it seems, that many politicians frame their own races through the lens of this battle––that support for their candidacy is a vote for the Ten Commandments. Even so,...

Steve Flowers: 1978 race for governor was ‘epic’
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Steve Flowers: 1978 race for governor was ‘epic’

By STEVE FLOWERS, political columnist Since this is a gubernatorial election year, let’s reminisce about an epic Governor’s Race.  The 1978 Governor’s race is one of the classics in Alabama political lore. That Governor’s race between the three heavyweights, former Governor Albert Brewer, Attorney General Bill Baxley, and Lt. Governor Jere Beasley, was expected to...

Bradley Byrne: What’s next for Congress?
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Bradley Byrne: What’s next for Congress?

By BRADLEY BYRNE, Congressman, Alabama’s 1st District The House returns to session this week after the month-long August District Work Period, and there are many important legislative items that need our attention. August was a busy time back in Southwest Alabama listening to the people I have the honor of representing. I appreciate all those...

Prepare to vote on constitutional amendments, Alabama
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Prepare to vote on constitutional amendments, Alabama

By PARKER SNIDER, Alabama Policy Institute The drought, as they say, is over. Football season is back in Alabama. To no one’s surprise, the Alabama Crimson Tide was ranked #1 in both the AP and Coaches preseason polls. Almost simultaneously as the return of college football, however, is the beginning of another all-too-familiar season for Alabamians. That...

Perry Hooper: President’s workforce development plan deserves support
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Perry Hooper: President’s workforce development plan deserves support

By PERRY HOOPER President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to establish a new workforce initiative in the US.  This initiative is complete with an advisory board aimed at improving educational opportunities for High School students who find themselves without a postsecondary plan following graduation.  The workforce strategy will help protect the American industry...

Parker Snider: Charter schools are keeping promises
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Parker Snider: Charter schools are keeping promises

By PARKER SNIDER, Alabama Policy Institute On the campaign trail in 2012, Mitt Romney remarked that “charter schools are so successful that almost every politician can find something good to say about them.” Romney was right. President Bush told crowds he was a “big believer” in charter schools, President Obama proclaimed National Charter Schools Week...

Roby Weekly Column: A Recap from the Road
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Roby Weekly Column: A Recap from the Road

Each year, members of Congress take the month of August to spend time on the ground in their respective districts meeting with constituents and local leaders, visiting businesses and industries, and ultimately listening to the concerns of people at home. Having this opportunity to hear firsthand from the people in Alabama’s Second District is very important,...