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  1. Hidden Costs of Stagnant Minimum Wage
    July 28, 2014 | By Jennifer Marsden  
  2. You’ll Never Guess Who Just Bought Half of UAB’s Football Tickets
    July 22, 2014 | By Dave Folk  
  3. For Uber Bad Ideas, Look No Further than Birmingham’s City Council
    July 21, 2014 | By Dave Folk  
  4. Right Women, Right Now (Kay Ivey)
    June 19, 2014 | By Kay Ivey  
  5. Welcome to Shawshank: Prison Reform in Alabama
    June 18, 2014 | By Steven Boydstun  
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Recent Blogs:

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

Latest News:

Some Scream for [Heteronormative] Ice Cream

May 8, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

I Scream! You Scream! We all scream! Over ice cream. Over the past several days, a number of seemingly homophobic tweets from Garrett Shirey, of Muscle Shoals’ Shirey Ice Cream, have circulated the internet. His ire, it seems, was the result of the Boy Scouts considering a change to their anti-LGBT policies. On Jan. 28,Continue Reading

TIME Magazine Names James Spann One of Best Twitter Feeds in 2014

May 5, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

Last week, TIME Magazine named Birmingham, Ala. meteorologist James Spann as one of the 140 best twitter feeds of 2014. “The Birmingham-based meteorologist constantly responds to his 144k+ Twitter followers’ weather-related questions and retweets user-submitted photos from around the state, all while helming the televised weather forecast on a local ABC affiliate’s news show,” writesContinue Reading

Opinion:

You’ll Never Guess Who Just Bought Half of UAB’s Football Tickets

July 22, 2014   |   By Dave Folk  

Birmingham’s City Council was half of UAB’s football attendance last year. No lead, no joke, just this: Birmingham City Council spends close to a quarter of a million dollars each year on UAB season football tickets for city employees, neighborhood associations and youth groups. Does anyone really want to see UAB football? No, and thatContinue Reading

For Uber Bad Ideas, Look No Further than Birmingham’s City Council

July 21, 2014   |   By Dave Folk  

Uber is a ride-sharing mobile application that matches up people seeking rides, with drivers. Uber is incredibly popular in cities that it operates in. Uber is not coming to Birmingham (probably). It’s not because Uber doesn’t want to be in Birmingham. No, Uber has foresight and sees a growing market… It’s because the Birmingham CityContinue Reading

Welcome to Shawshank: Prison Reform in Alabama

June 18, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun  

We can’t talk about prison reform without a quote from the iconic Shawshank Redemption, the 1994 film starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. If you’ve ever watched TNT on any given weekend, you’ve seen it. So here’s a fitting quote from Morgan Freeman’s character, Red: “These walls are funny. First you hate ‘em, then youContinue Reading

4 People in Montgomery You May Not Know, But Should

June 17, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

Briefs written, dockets filed, bills amended, coffee poured, 140 characters tweeted… You most likely already know about the players in Montgomery who have been around for 30+ years… but what about those young professionals who are driving politics in Alabama behind the scene? The following list of young politicos was derived from extensive interviews withContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – June 13, 2014

June 13, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers  

The big news out of last week’s political primaries is that there was no news. The results of every race came down almost precisely as was predicted. The prevailing hypothesis among experts that there would be a low voter turnout was fulfilled. The turnout was around 20% statewide, as was expected.  The reason for theContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers  

Believe it or not we are less than one week away from the 2014 Primary Elections. The Republican and Democratic primaries are next Tuesday. The turnout may be historically low. The reason is simple. There are no good statewide races on the ballot. The Governor’s race is usually a marquee event. However, Gov. Robert BentleyContinue 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:

Hidden Costs of Stagnant Minimum Wage

July 28, 2014   |   By Jennifer Marsden  

This past week I was speaking with a group of small business owners and professionals in Dothan. One business owner felt that an increase in the Alabama minimum wage will make them need to raise prices at least a little, but that prices for all goods were already going up even without a wage hike,Continue Reading

Right Women, Right Now (Kay Ivey)

June 19, 2014   |   By Kay Ivey  

When I entered college in the 60s, women generally had three choices: teacher, nurse, or homemaker — very worthy occupations and endeavors, but what if you wanted to become an accountant? A doctor? An engineer? Or run for office? Those options were not readily available. 50 years later, trends have evolved to women’s benefit. InContinue 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 AL.com, Mayor Battle will make his announcement tomorrow. Battle’s former mayoral campaign website, www.tommybattle.com, 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