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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...

Skip Tucker: Faded Love
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Skip Tucker: Faded Love

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Contributor I love newspapers, and always have. I love the smell of printer’s ink. I love the hum and ubiquitous clack of the newsroom. Journalism chose me for a profession the night Robert Kennedy was assassinated. I was a sophomore at college, studying business and psychology, driving through a...

Rusty Glover: in his own words
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Rusty Glover: in his own words

In politics, as in life, it’s crucial to always be honest with yourself and everyone else. That’s why I strive to never make promises I cannot keep, during my campaign to become Alabama’s next lieutenant governor, and in my life as a husband, father, new grandfather and life-long resident of this great state. I’m writing this letter,...

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...