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Press Release: Trump Credited for Reopening of an Alabama Coal Company; $3 Million Excavator Named In His Honor
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Press Release: Trump Credited for Reopening of an Alabama Coal Company; $3 Million Excavator Named In His Honor

As a thank you to President Donald J. Trump for his efforts to revive the coal industry, RJR Mining has named its newest excavator “Trump.” Idle since February 2014, the Cullman mining company has reopened and is operating its largest surface mine to date thanks to Trump’s rollback of onerous Obama era regulations. “This will...

Taylor Dawson: What does freedom mean to me?
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Taylor Dawson: What does freedom mean to me?

By Taylor Dawson, Alabama Policy Institute When most of us think about the Fourth of July, we think about pool parties, cooking out, fireworks, and spending time with friends and family. Others think about our love for America. Some of us even wait all year for an occasion to wear a t-shirt that has the...

Steve Flowers: Trump and Big Jim
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Steve Flowers: Trump and Big Jim

Otto Whittaker wrote the following essay, “I Am the Nation” in 1955 as a public relations advertisement for the Norfolk and Western Railway.  The message found in Mr. Whittaker’s essay is still appropriate for this Independence Day, so I have chosen to include it below as part of my weekly column.

Matthew Stokes: Policy, not piety needed in Lt. Gov runoff
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Matthew Stokes: Policy, not piety needed in Lt. Gov runoff

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Contributor Alabama’s June primary produced a number of runoffs, including two of the state’s top offices.  The Republican tickets for Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor are both headed for a July runoff.   The Lieutenant Governor race is particularly interesting as it comes down to a long-term politician in...

John Merrill: Enforce the law or change it
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John Merrill: Enforce the law or change it

By JOHN MERRILL, Alabama Secretary of State In the 2015 Alabama Legislative Session, the Legislature passed legislation that required all county candidates and political action committees running for public office to file campaign finance reports with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office. The 2015 legislation did not change the requirement for all state candidates to...

Matthew Stokes: Ideas, not symbols, solve problems
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Matthew Stokes: Ideas, not symbols, solve problems

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Contributor The most frustrating thing about this primary season is that it reinforced the fact that most of our politicians may have good intentions, but they’re out of good ideas.   As a conservative, I found it particularly depressing. Conservatives love to fall back on our admiration for Ronald...

Skip Tucker: Campaigns get testy at the end
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Skip Tucker: Campaigns get testy at the end

Candidates are nearing the end of the tether, and it is pulled taut. Some go a little nuts at closing time, like the lonesome wolf or cougar at the bar’s last call, and consider wild stratagems and dangerous moves they will realize later were goofier than a Mickey Mouse movie. Some are desperate. They’ve put...

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...