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Wesley Vaughn

Wesley Vaughn has a master's in city planning. He believes in Birmingham, Nick Saban, and his foreseeable marriage to Anna Kendrick.

Recent Posts:

Bentley’s Corporate Welfare Creates Government Dependency

January 20, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn     |   Opinion

Gov. Robert Bentley opened and closed his 2014 State of the State address last week by talking about Wilcox County, Ala., the poorest county in the country. The county’s unemployment rate in November was 13.9% and its poverty rate in 2012 was almost 40% — both are double the state average. An estimated 67% of the county’s 25-years-and-over populationContinue Reading

A Brief History of Wilcox County

January 20, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn     |   Blog

Wilcox County, Ala., is in the heart of the Black Belt – the Southeastern region named for the fertile soil that supported the plantations that dominated the area’s 19th and early 20th Century economy. The terrain itself gave reason for plantation owners to seek out slave labor, as discussed by Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton. Unlike the sandy soil in hillyContinue Reading

Bentley Bets Jobs on Oil

January 18, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn     |   Blog

Gov. Robert Bentley’s State of the State last week referenced six corporations that recently expanded or will expand their Alabama-based manufacturing plants: Airbus, Boeing, Hyundai, Mercedes, Toyota and Honda. Those six plants represent just two industries — aircrafts and automobiles — that are both in the transportation sector. Bentley’s job-attraction resume is one energy crisis away fromContinue Reading

Montgomery’s Bus Boycott

January 9, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn     |   Opinion

Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat in 1955 launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott of the Civil Rights Movement. Although the color barrier on buses eventually fell and black ridership returned, the state of Alabama had already boycotted and continues to boycott the funding of buses and other forms of mass transit. The state legislature passedContinue Reading

Steve Flowers Enters Crowded Public Service Commission Race

January 8, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn     |   News

Former State Legislator Steve Flowers announced his intentions to run for Place 2 on the Public Service Commission at a press conference earlier today. “During my legislative career, I maintained one of the most conservative voting records among my peers and earned a reputation as being one of Alabama’s most pro-business legislators,” Flowers said inContinue Reading

The State Rules & Counties Drool in Alabama

January 6, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn     |   Opinion

Cities, not states, are all the rage. Whether it’s young people moving downtown, the predicted end to suburban living, or the importance of financially stable municipalities, cities have dominated headlines for the first time since we first started leaving them. Even thought-to-be-rural Alabama is not immune. About half the state lives within the metropolitan spheres-of-influence of just the four largestContinue Reading