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Get this show on the road

It is time for the Democrat leaders in Washington to stop posturing when it comes to border security and end the government shutdown. The old expression “get the show on the road” is very apt in this situation. But, truth be told, the show is...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    January 17, 2019 

How will 2020 census shape Congress?

Preparations are being made to take the 2020 Census. This process is not just a fun game to spell out demographic changes and interesting tidbits about us as Americans. It is a very important mandate dictated by the Constitution. The number of...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    January 17, 2019 

Government standoff is about incompetence

With the longest ever shutdown of the federal government, some people are amused, some are enraged, and many are completely unaware. A few may be wondering how did we get here and what is really going on? Sadly, the press is no help; modern media is...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    January 17, 2019 

Gov. Ivey sends a strong message

If you read between the lines, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced she will serve her next four years as governor and retire into the sunset. In my book, she will go down as either a great politician or...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    January 17, 2019 

Council makes right call on police patrol

We applaud the Flomaton Town Council for taking the first step toward boosting a law enforcement presence in the town and within the police jurisdiction. Monday night was the first step in what we hope is a long-term plan to make sure we have at...

 

Through the looking glass

With 2018 behind us, it is time to start looking at what you can expect from Washington in 2019. Under Republican leadership, we in Congress aimed to make America better off, and thanks to our many victories through conservative policies, we...

 

The 1940's Congressional Delegation

Recently I came across a copy of an old congressional directory from 1942. It is always fun for me to read about this era in American political history. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been first elected in 1932 in the depths of the Great Depression....

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    January 10, 2019

Build the 'damn' wall; it won't work

The standoff in Washington, D.C., isn't so much about money, national security or humanitarian efforts; it's about politics, plain and simple. President Trump and the Republicans want $5.7 billion to...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    January 10, 2019

Riverview bridge needs finishing

Progress sometimes hurts. When the state or county has to shut down roads to make repairs it can cause hardships for people who use those roads on a daily basis, whether going to school, work or simply to the grocery store. But those repairs are...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    January 10, 2019

Retro Romney seeks to reverse Republicans

Watching Democrats wrestle with presidential losers who just won’t go away has been amusing, but to the consternation of most Republicans, they have one now too. Failed 2012 Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is trying to stage some ki...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    January 3, 2019

Social media has its place and time

I was talking to somebody the other day who asked me why I was constantly condemning social media. He basically accused me of not liking social media since it was basically real time and I didn't...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    January 3, 2019

Don't base it all on scores

The Alabama Department of Education recently released its annual 'Report Card' for school systems and schools across the state and our personal feeling is those scores released are as worthless as the paper they are written on. We'll admit that we...

 

2018: A look back at the year

2018 was a landmark year in many ways for Alabama and the United States. From defense funding to town halls, agriculture to Red Snapper, there was much to celebrate this year and much to anticipate in the next. Join me as we take a look back at the...

 

Alabama potpourri and trivia

As we begin this New Year of 2019, Alabama begins a new quadrennium in state government. All of our Constitutional state officeholders begin their new four-year terms this month. Governor Kay Ivey will be sworn in for a four-year term on January 14....

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    January 3, 2019

Illegal immigration is a political football

Illegal immigration has been a political football for decades. Kicked around by one side wanting cheap labor and the other seeking votes, the dirty secret is neither side particularly wanted to score a solution. Those interests still exist, but the...

 

Learn from past to make better future

It’s the beginning of a new year. Lately, all over social media, different memes and posts have been shared hundreds of times pointing out that the beginning of a new year is a lot like having a...

 

This 'N' word should offend us all

Depending on which mouth or should I say the color of the mouth its comes out of, the 'N' word is very offensive to many people. The wrong person uttering the 'N' word will lose their job and if they...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    December 27, 2018

Social media strikes again

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is now reaching out to have officials take a close look and see if crimes were committed during his race against Roy Moore saying information has surfaced that fellow Democrats used a social media 'experiment' to help him win...

 

Christmas traditions old and new

I was recently asked what my favorite Christmas tradition is and found that a surprisingly hard question to answer. It seems that nearly every moment is a tradition with my family, and that makes it hard to pick just one. From making gumbo Christmas...

 

Remembering political legends

As is my custom at the close of the year, I like to memorialize great Alabamians who have appeared and lived legendary lives upon the stage of political history in the Heart of Dixie. This year we have had some real legends. I have expanded the...

 

The polarization express

All aboard the polarization express! Fueled by an unscrupulous media, this is a runaway train driving a wedge into the American electorate. Whatever you are experiencing or witnessing, there are experts to deny it. Whatever events have occurred,...

 

Do we have a season without a reason?

Most folks look forward to the holidays. It’s supposed be a festive time for family and friends, but with each passing year there seems to be growing levels of angst, consternation, or even disdain. Pretty much everyone in America celebrates...

 

Few white Dems left in legislature

The Republican tidal wave that swept Alabama’s statewide office holders to landslide victories filtered down to legislative races. Even though our legislature really didn’t need to become any more conservative or Republican, it did anyway. We...

 

A week of good news

There was much to celebrate this past week in Washington. That sentence may surprise you if you just go off what you hear from the national news media, but the reality is we continue to get work done here in the People’s House. To be clear, there...

 

The lasting legend of the Bear Man

The late 1800s into the mid-1900s was an era when traveling salesmen and others roamed the railroads and back roads of America making a living off their wits or sometimes by the generosity of others....

 

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