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  1. Why Campus Matters
    April 21, 2014 | By Ross Green  
  2. Junior College Closes in On Long-Awaited President
    April 18, 2014 | By Jason Frost  
  3. Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 18, 2014
    April 18, 2014 | By Steve Flowers  
  4. Grace Along the Journey
    April 18, 2014 | By Bryan Kessler  
  5. “What’s it like being Jewish in Alabama?”
    April 16, 2014 | By Daniel Odrezin  

Recent Blogs:

  1. House of Byrnes
    February 26, 2014 | By West Honeycutt  
  2. Barking up the Wrong Tree in the Alabama House
    February 25, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  3. The Sermon on the Mount-gomery
    February 20, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  4. Republicans Still Don’t Get It
    February 11, 2014 | By Michael Hansen  
  5. Not Getting Jobbed by Bentley’s Job Numbers
    February 3, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  6. The Southern Snowstorm and Sprawl
    January 31, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  7. Two Good Initiatives in Alabama That Make Me Happy
    January 24, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  8. The Crimson White Covers Sweet Home Politics Launch
    January 23, 2014 | By West Honeycutt  
  9. House Democrats’ Legislative Agenda
    January 21, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  10. Examples of LEED Certified Public Projects in Alabama
    January 20, 2014 | By Kathleen Kirkpatrick  

Latest News:

Rep. Barry Moore: Threats and Misrepresentation

April 2, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

Ala. Rep. Barry Moore (R – Coffee) is seen as one of the rising stars out of a class of freshman legislators who rode into office on the 2010 Republican wave. He was even recently labeled as the most conservative legislator in the state of Alabama by Cliff Sims, founder and publisher of political blog Yellowhammer News. Recently, informationContinue Reading

Alabama Businessman Upends 40-Year-Old Campaign Law

April 2, 2014   |   By John Hammontree  

A Hoover, Ala., businessman successfully challenged existing campaign contribution limits in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Shaun McCutcheon, CEO of Coalmont Electrical Development, argued against the $123,200 cap on contributions an individual can give to all federal candidates, parties and PACs in a two-year election cycle. The 5-4 decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission rules that limits onContinue Reading


Grace Along the Journey

April 18, 2014   |   By Bryan Kessler  

The church that I attend when I’m back in Birmingham has a part of the service called “Grace Along the Journey.” It’s basically just a fancy, less-revivalistic way of saying “testimony,” and the stories I hear and the people I meet remind me why I continue to see the church as a safe place forContinue Reading

“What’s it like being Jewish in Alabama?”

April 16, 2014   |   By Daniel Odrezin  

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked this question as I travel outside the state in my role as Assistant Executive Director of the Birmingham Jewish Federation (BJF).  Not only are people surprised to find that there is a vibrant Jewish community in the Heart of Dixie, but even more astonishedContinue Reading

When Intolerance Costs Money

April 14, 2014   |   By Tray Smith  

After years of being harassed by the wacko bird contingent of Alabama politics at both the state and local level, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Alabama’s only federally-recognized Indian tribe, is now hoping to develop gaming operations on its Florida property. Earlier this week, Band Chairman Buford Rolin sent Florida Gov. Rick Scott aContinue Reading

Where are the Big Jims of Today?

April 14, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun  

Thanks to the Electoral College, Alabama plays a pretty insignificant role in presidential politics. Only a handful of states actually matter in presidential elections. This is one area in which we are in the same boat as California and New York. What could we in Alabama possibly share in common with those two states? WeContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers  

Alabama has seen its share of industrial recruitment coups in the past few years. In fact, 20 years ago the landing of Mercedes was the impetus that has catapulted us to the top of the nation in automobile manufacturing. Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai and the peripheral support manufacturing companies have placed us in the top threeContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers  

The Gallup poll has come out with their ranking of the most conservative and most liberal states in America. Last year we were ranked as the most conservative in the country. We lost that mantle to Wyoming this year. In fact, we fell dramatically to number ten. In past years either Alabama or one ofContinue Reading

Campus Voices:

Why Campus Matters

April 21, 2014   |   By Ross Green  

The Campus Matters section of Sweet Home Politics has been designed to serve as a statewide forum chronicling issues surrounding higher education from the perspectives of students, professors and professionals at Alabama’s colleges and universities. We believe that the cultures established at the state’s universities and colleges have a long term impact on the state.Continue Reading

Junior College Closes in On Long-Awaited President

April 18, 2014   |   By Jason Frost  

Last Saturday, Shelton State Community College held interviews for its final three presidential candidates. The college, located in Tuscaloosa, has been without a permanent president for six years and will make a final decision in the coming weeks. Mark A. Heinrich, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System and former interim president of Shelton State,Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor:

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers  

When Alabama was being settled in the early 1800’s, our first settlers were diverse in their origins. Our river regions were the most desirable lands. Indeed this is where the Indians lived. They realized the importance of water and the abundant fishing for their sustenance besides the natural advantage offered by these waters. The riverContinue Reading

Identifying with Customers Instead of Companies Carries High Cost (Terry Dunn)

April 16, 2014   |   By Terry Dunn  

Since when does putting Alabama utility customers first translate into being “dismissive of Obamacare,” as my opponents in the Public Service Commission race are trying to persuade you? How does working hard for truly fair utility rates make someone a “tacit enabler” of liberal environmentalists? It doesn’t of course. Alabama’s regulated utilities exercise tremendous politicalContinue Reading

Latest Rumors:

Republicans and Democrats Respond to Potential Parker Griffith Gubernatorial Campaign

February 4, 2014   |   By Rumor Mill  

Former Congressman Parker Griffith could be ramping up for a gubernatorial campaign, WHNT News 19 reported earlier today. Griffith was elected to the US House as a Democrat in 2008 before running for reelection unsuccessfully as a Republican in 2010 and again in 2012. “The Alabama Democratic Party recently voted to reinstate Griffith” indicating that the candidate’sContinue Reading

A Battle for Governor?

January 13, 2014   |   By Rumor Mill  

Will Republican Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle decide to take on incumbent Gov. Robert Bentley in the Republican primary? As reported by, Mayor Battle will make his announcement tomorrow. Battle’s former mayoral campaign website,, has been made-over into a splash page that screams, as if it is for a statewide campaign, “Moving Alabama Forward.” Note, it saysContinue Reading