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  1. “What’s it like being Jewish in Alabama?”
    April 16, 2014 | By Daniel Odrezin  
  2. Identifying with Customers Instead of Companies Carries High Cost (Terry Dunn)
    April 16, 2014 | By Terry Dunn  
  3. We Can Learn From Holy Week – Love One Another
    April 16, 2014 | By Darrio Melton  
  4. Deception, Broken Promises the Status Quo in Montgomery
    April 14, 2014 | By Craig Ford  
  5. House Passes Responsible, Balanced Budget (Bradley Byrne)
    April 14, 2014 | By Bradley Byrne  

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


“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

Will Birmingham’s Sordid Past Finally Pay Off?

April 4, 2014   |   By Dave Folk  

The story blew up social media like well, a bomb. News that AMC, the station behind hits like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead; was to produce a TV series set in Birmingham. You’d think that everyone would rejoice over the spotlight finding the Magic City, but reaction was mixed. Trepidation came withContinue Reading

Campus Voices:

Alabama Universities Finance White Greek Organizations Millions, Overlook Others

April 7, 2014   |   By Caroline Bechtel  

As political investigations teach us, there is much to learn when you follow the money. This will come as no surprise, but the money and resources put toward Greek housing in the State of Alabama is astounding and tells a much larger tale of privilege and priorities. Records provided to The Associated Press by TheContinue Reading

Intern — Because It Matters Today

March 19, 2014   |   By Ross Green  

Hours before most of us would normally hit the snooze button, 20 high school and college students trickled into a sanitized room, where the only thing animating the beige walls were the smiling faces of professional organizers. It was a Saturday morning in Montgomery, and, with a few months out before election season kicks off,Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor:

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

We Can Learn From Holy Week – Love One Another

April 16, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton  

On Sunday, we gathered together at church to celebrate Palm Sunday, marking the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem and began his journey to the cross. Holy Week, the week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, is one of the more symbolic and important weeks of our Christian faith, giving us several lessons we should take forward into the restContinue 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