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    February 25, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
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    February 11, 2014 | By Michael Hansen  
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    February 3, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  7. The Southern Snowstorm and Sprawl
    January 31, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
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    January 24, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
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Opinion

Are Birds of a Feather Indicted Together? (A Cliff Sims Story)

May 5, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

If you missed Part One of my series exposing Yellowhammer president Cliff Sims, “Dont’ Get Yellowhammered,” be sure to check it out here. Last week I had enough. I read the last biased, misleading Yellowhammer “News” article I could take without calling attention to its glaringly false reality. You know the article I’m talking about… “Ala.Continue Reading

Don’t Get Yellowhammered (A Cliff Sims Story)

April 28, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge.” The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But ofContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 27, 2014

April 27, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers  

A good many of you found last week’s historical column interesting. You seemed fascinated about the vast diversity regarding the folks who settled in South Alabama versus those who homesteaded North Alabama at the state’s origination. You found it even more interesting how close the secession from the Union vote was in 1861 with theContinue Reading

Grace Along the Journey

April 18, 2014   |   By Bryan Kessler  

The church that I attend when I’m back in Birmingham has a part of the service called “Grace Along the Journey.” It’s basically just a fancy, less-revivalistic way of saying “testimony,” and the stories I hear and the people I meet remind me why I continue to see the church as a safe place forContinue Reading

“What’s it like being Jewish in Alabama?”

April 16, 2014   |   By Daniel Odrezin  

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked this question as I travel outside the state in my role as Assistant Executive Director of the Birmingham Jewish Federation (BJF).  Not only are people surprised to find that there is a vibrant Jewish community in the Heart of Dixie, but even more astonishedContinue Reading

When Intolerance Costs Money

April 14, 2014   |   By Tray Smith  

After years of being harassed by the wacko bird contingent of Alabama politics at both the state and local level, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Alabama’s only federally-recognized Indian tribe, is now hoping to develop gaming operations on its Florida property. Earlier this week, Band Chairman Buford Rolin sent Florida Gov. Rick Scott aContinue Reading

Where are the Big Jims of Today?

April 14, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun  

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

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers  

Alabama has seen its share of industrial recruitment coups in the past few years. In fact, 20 years ago the landing of Mercedes was the impetus that has catapulted us to the top of the nation in automobile manufacturing. Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai and the peripheral support manufacturing companies have placed us in the top threeContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers  

The Gallup poll has come out with their ranking of the most conservative and most liberal states in America. Last year we were ranked as the most conservative in the country. We lost that mantle to Wyoming this year. In fact, we fell dramatically to number ten. In past years either Alabama or one ofContinue Reading

Will Birmingham’s Sordid Past Finally Pay Off?

April 4, 2014   |   By Dave Folk  

The story blew up social media like well, a bomb. News that AMC, the station behind hits like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead; was to produce a TV series set in Birmingham. You’d think that everyone would rejoice over the spotlight finding the Magic City, but reaction was mixed. Trepidation came withContinue Reading