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  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  

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The Sweet Home Politics Blog features brief thoughts and responses to news. These posts are too long for Twitter but not long enough for a full-length opinion piece.

The Northern Beltline a Boon to Northwest Birmingham

June 4, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn  

Construction on the 52.5-mile, $5.4 billion Northern Beltine is underway, and the project could not come any sooner for the region. It has been 30 years since the completion of I-459 helped launch southeast Birmingham’s phenomenal growth. The Northern Beltline presents the same opportunity for northwest Birmingham. Even before construction ends, the beltline is expectedContinue Reading

House of Byrnes

February 26, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

Is Alabama’s new, premier political family anything like “House of Cards” characters: Frank and Claire Underwood? You might think that, but I couldn’t possibly comment… Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-01) Bradley Byrne is a cunning, sharp United States Congressman from South Alabama. On top of his equally thin hairline, Rep. Bryne stays true to his southern rootsContinue Reading

Barking up the Wrong Tree in the Alabama House

February 25, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn  

Storify by Wesley Vaughn Tue, Feb 25 2014 13:02:53 Barking up the Wrong Tree in the Alabama House Some representatives don’t support nonprofits giving the Bob Barker treatment to Alabama’s pets. Rep. Patricia Todd did her best to knock some sense into them before the bill finally passed. Add to story or collection Share onContinue Reading

The Sermon on the Mount-gomery

February 20, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn  

Storify by Wesley Vaughn Thu, Feb 20 2014 10:41:19 The Sermon on the Mount-gomery The Alabama House of Representatives debated posting the Ten Commandments in state buildings. The discussion got… interesting. Follow along as Kyle Whitmire and Tim Lockette covered the madness. Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share onContinue Reading

Republicans Still Don’t Get It

February 11, 2014   |   By Michael Hansen  

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

Not Getting Jobbed by Bentley’s Job Numbers

February 3, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn  

Three weeks after Gov. Robert Bentley delivered his State of the State address, critics and Alabama media members have started looking into Bentley’s job growth platform. Unsurprisingly, it’s shaky at best. Up first, the renown Wayne Flynt. Flynt chronicles on AL.com how Alabama’s original economic development strategy was formed in 1875 and hasn’t changed much since.Continue Reading

The Southern Snowstorm and Sprawl

January 31, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn  

The snowstorm that shut down much of the Southeast this week raised many questions and concerns. Did public officials adequately prepare residents? How did meteorologists miss this? Does no city in the South own a salt truck? All of these discussions are valid, but the one that interests me the most is how the South’sContinue Reading

Two Good Initiatives in Alabama That Make Me Happy

January 24, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn  

I’m a terrible cheerleader. When any of my homes — Birmingham, Alabama and the University of Alabama — do something admirable or achieve something great, I pass on the cheering duties to those that do it best. Then, I make sure spread their excitement. I tend to respond to something by analyzing and critiquing that it’sContinue Reading

The Crimson White Covers Sweet Home Politics Launch

January 23, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

The University of Alabama’s award-winning student newspaper, The Crimson White, today covered the launch and early success of Sweet Home Politics. “[SHP] has had more than 10,000 page views and 6,000 unique views. Its Facebook page has 400 likes, and it has 200 followers on Twitter.” Jessica Smith reports. Sweet Home Politics’s bipartisan editorial boardContinue Reading

House Democrats’ Legislative Agenda

January 21, 2014   |   By Wesley Vaughn  

From the Alabama House Democratic Caucus Job Creation and Retention 1)     Alabama First Act Priority will be given to state-based businesses when awarding government and public works contracts  2)     Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act Requires job commitments from businesses before they can receive tax incentives or subsidies. Requires clawback provisions if job commitments areContinue Reading