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Steven Boydstun

Steven Boydstun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Troy University (Troy) and a Master of Public Administration degree from The University of Alabama. Views expressed are his own and not necessarily those of his employer or any other affiliate.

Recent Posts:

Welcome to Shawshank: Prison Reform in Alabama

June 18, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun     |   Opinion

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

Marriage: Civil vs. Religious

May 28, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun     |   Opinion Uncategorized

Last summer the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law which allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages which took place in states where it is legal. It also prevented many married gay couples from receiving benefits like insurance and healthcare that their straight counterpartsContinue Reading

Where are the Big Jims of Today?

April 14, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun     |   Opinion

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

Not Putin Up With It: Why Americans Should Care About the Ukrainian Situation

April 3, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun     |   Opinion

In American Foreign Policy class in college I said to my professor, “This may be a dumb question, but is Russia part of Europe or Asia?” He grinned and said “Well actually the state department and scholars have been wrestling with that question for decades. ‘Eurasia’ is the term we finally came up with.” MeanwhileContinue Reading

Can the Legislature Give Up Itself for Lent?

March 5, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun     |   Opinion

Its Ash Wednesday folks! With the exception of Eastern Orthodox Christians (whose Lent began Monday) this day is observed throughout Christendom by Roman Catholics and many Protestant denominations alike, signifying the beginning of Lent 46 days before Easter. With this comes the tradition of giving something up. Many people give up chocolate or sodas, orContinue Reading

Ideological Cleansing: The State of the Alabama GOP

February 19, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun     |   Opinion

There was a day when “Republican” was a four-letter word in Alabama. And it was not as long ago as some people may think. Alabama Republicans had to basically enlist whoever was willing to join to help build their base in an almost completely Democratic state. We talked a few weeks ago about the switchContinue Reading

Roy Moore: Too Liberal for Alabama, Judicial System

February 12, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun     |   Opinion

Alabama is a conservative state, one of the most conservative in the United States. Any candidate for office that wants to win in Alabama touts his or her support of less government and lower taxes. Those are two foundational positions of conservative ideology. Unfortunately, when it comes to being conservative, Roy Moore falls short. RoyContinue Reading

Booze and (Political) Parties

January 29, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun     |   Opinion

It’s just like Gov. James “Big Jim” Folsom used to say: “Y’all they trying to catch ‘ol Big Jim in a trap. And guess what? If they bait that trap with whiskey and women, they gonna catch ‘ol Big Jim every time!” That’s what ‘ol Big Jim said. And he was on to something. PoliticiansContinue Reading

Same Scalawags, Different Party

January 22, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun     |   Opinion

“The South may not be the nation’s number one political problem, as some northerners assert, but politics is the South’s number one problem.” This opening sentence to Professor V.O. Key’s 1949 book, Southern Politics in State and Nation, offers a felicitous and insightful summary of just how little some things have changed since 1949. ToContinue Reading

Common Core, Divided Goals

January 15, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun     |   Opinion

One of the touchstone issues in Alabama politics recently has been where one stands on the Common Core standards for K-12 schools.  I see pictures online of school children holding up signs, presumably given to them by their parents, in front of the Alabama State House that say “STOP COMMON CORE!” My initial reaction wasContinue Reading