Category: <span>Commentary</span>

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...

Stacy column: Ryan’s retirement not a good sign for GOP
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Stacy column: Ryan’s retirement not a good sign for GOP

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News The seismic news that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek reelection rocked Washington this past week. Ryan was first elected in 1998 at 28 years old and built a name for himself as a whiz-kid budget hawk in the mold of Jack Kemp. His “Path to Prosperity” budget proposals to...

API’s Parker Snider: A Guide to Fake News
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API’s Parker Snider: A Guide to Fake News

By PARKER SNIDER, Alabama Policy Institute More than once every day. That’s how often President Trump publicly calls something “fake”—be it a story, poll, or news organization. Just this week, Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about, among other things, the proliferation of falsities on his social media platform, including in Alabama’s special election for U.S....

Kay Ivey: One year in, serving Alabama
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Kay Ivey: One year in, serving Alabama

By KAY IVEY, Governor April 10, 2018, marks one year since I unexpectedly became governor. With only three hours’ notice I was called on to lead. The tasks at hand were plentiful. We had to restore integrity to state government. Relationships with legislators and community leaders across the state had to be repaired. Priorities needed...

STACY COLUMN: Legislature wraps up productive session
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STACY COLUMN: Legislature wraps up productive session

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News The Alabama Legislature adjourned “sine die” Thursday, wrapping up legislative business for the year and this four-year term. What had been a relatively harmonious, drama-free session turned a little testy toward the end, as leaders in the House and Senate bickered over passing each other’s bills. Senators felt like...

Bradley Byrne: Protecting our children
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Bradley Byrne: Protecting our children

By BRADLEY BYRNE, Member of Congress For much of the year, the safety of our students rests in the hands of the faculty, staff, and resource officers at our schools.  Without a shadow of a doubt, the people who know best how to protect our schools are the teachers, parents, administrators, police officers, and students...