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Matthew Stokes: On the School Board Shakeup
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Matthew Stokes: On the School Board Shakeup

 Alabama would be better served by forcing current and future governors to embody their education proposals in the form of appointed board members. The truth is that the governor has very limited control over education policy, which means that gubernatorial candidates have little need to articulate a vision for education, knowing full well that vision could be neutralized by not only the legislature, but the school board itself.  This proposal would give the governor actual skin in the game, knowing that voters could hold her accountable for bad appointments over time.

Matthew Stokes: Democrats, do your worst
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Matthew Stokes: Democrats, do your worst

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist In the middle of a very busy news cycle, one can be forgiven for overlooking the shakeup in Alabama’s Democratic Party.   Given an election for new leadership, state Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Worley is facing two opponents for her seat; former candidate for lieutenant governor Will Boyd and...

Matthew Stokes: On lotteries and abortion
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Matthew Stokes: On lotteries and abortion

. The last few weeks in the Alabama legislature bring to mind an image from HBO’s harrowing drama True Detective, where a cynical Matthew McConaughey bleakly quotes Friedrich Nietzsche and says, “time is a flat circle.”  Some things will apparently not change, and so here we are again debating an education lottery and abortion.

Matthew Stokes: On Education
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Matthew Stokes: On Education

In the waning days of Mike Shula’s tenure as the University of Alabama’s head football coach, Hurt posed an important question:  does Alabama have the best coach it could have? Mal Moore and other university leaders answered in the negative, and the rest is history. After the last couple of weeks, I feel compelled to humbly borrow that line from Cecil Hurt and point it in another direction.