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Michael Hansen

Michael Hansen is a public relations strategist, an entrepreneur, and an advocate for health, the environment, civil rights and the poor.

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Unsolicited Advice for Rep. Mike Rogers

March 6, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen     |   Opinion

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) is urging the U.S. House to pass H.R. 3826, a bill that would roll back regulation of carbon dioxide pollution, the primary greenhouse gas (GHG) emitted in burning coal. The so-called “Electricity Security and Affordability Act” is an effort by congressional Republicans to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fromContinue Reading

Wake Up, Progressives!

February 26, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen     |   Opinion

Has anyone ever been more quotable — and right — than Martin Luther King, Jr.? For today’s column, I dip my bucket deep into the well of his wisdom. King once proclaimed, “When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.” Woah, woah, woah! Who didContinue Reading

Time for Alabama to Defy Expectations

February 12, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen     |   Opinion

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” That line comes from Alabamian Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It’s an indelible, pithy quote — intensely Southern both in syntax and in substance. Alabama and its neighbors have gotten a bad rap over the years for being hotbeds of oppressionContinue Reading

Republicans Still Don’t Get It

February 11, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen     |   Blog

Republicans still don’t get it. After Mitt Romney’s “shocking” defeat in the 2012 presidential election, the Grand Old Party rightly embarked on a rebranding campaign. The Republican candidate lost big among key demographics, including women, LGBT people, African-Americans and Hispanic voters. The Growth and Opportunity Project report — an effort to say what went wrongContinue Reading

Southern Hospitality Should Extend to Our Politics

February 11, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen     |   Opinion

For the past couple of weeks, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have been under fire in the national press for their response to the worse-than-expected winter weather that brought much of their state and Alabama to a halt. If not for the massive population of metro Atlanta, it’s very likely thatContinue Reading

Is Alabama’s Republican Party Evolving with Candidate’s Support for Gay Marriage?

February 7, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen     |   Opinion

On Tuesday night, hundreds of thousands of people tuned in to watch a debate on evolution between creationist Ken Ham and scientist Bill Nye, but it’s another evolution that caught my eye the next day. Matt Jenkins, a Republican candidate for Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, endorsed marriage equality. Publicly. Jenkins is running against Terri Sewell inContinue Reading

The State of Alabama Has a Leadership Problem

January 28, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen     |   Opinion

Last week, my Sweet Home Politics colleague, Kindred Motes, published one of our most popular columns to date: “The State of Alabama Has a PR Problem.” I loved it, and so did hundreds of others across the state, nation and globe. The essay was insightful, well-written and honest, tinged with hope and pride. It wasn’tContinue Reading

A Progressive Wish List for the State Legislature

January 21, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen     |   Opinion

This week, the Alabama Legislature begins its second week in the 2014 session, and the Republicans should run the show. The state GOP is poised in the House to pass its  “Commonsense Conservative” agenda, a set of nine bills dealing mostly with business and taxes (with one notable exception). Priority number one of the Republican legislativeContinue Reading

Yahweh or the Highway

January 13, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen     |   Opinion

The title of this column is a nod to 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who once said, “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” In thinking about Alabama politics and movement conservatism generally — with all ofContinue Reading

War on Coal, a Red Herring at Best

January 6, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen     |   Opinion

This past year, several right-wing groups — Yellowhammer News, Jobkeeper Alliance, Alabama Coal Association, Eagle Forum, Alabama Free Market Alliance, and the Alabama Policy Institute to name a few — relentlessly attacked environmental, health and consumer advocacy organizations in an attempt to discredit their calls for transparency from the Alabama Public Service Commission. They tookContinue Reading