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Column: Tuscaloosa well represented in government

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune Awhile back, during Dr. Robert Bentley’s tenure as governor, I wrote a column entitled, “They May as Well Move the Capitol to Tuscaloosa.” Never before in Alabama history has a city had a sitting governor and the state’s senior U.S. Senator hail from that particular place. Even with the departure of Bentley as governor, the Druid City has an inordinate amount of prese ...

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On MLK Day we still cannot be satisfied

By Ronnie Floyd Guest Editorial Publisher's Note: This editorial was written by Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor at Cross Church, current president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is the father of Hewitt-Trussville High School football coach Josh Floyd. The op-ed was first published at FoxNews.com on Sunday. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a dreamer ...

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Column: Watch my back

By Michael J. Brooks Special to The Tribune It was like Christmas all over again when I decided to reorganize my clothes closet. I found a warm jacket I’d forgotten about, and it’s been comfortable in these frigid days. And I found a suit I’d not worn in some time—a three button suit that looked nice. I wore it to church on Christmas Eve and felt good about myself. A nice lady asked if I was wearing a new s ...

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Column: Shelby one of Alabama’s most powerful senators

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune A few months back the Jefferson County Republican Party honored our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby. It was held at The Club in Birmingham.  The view from atop Red Mountain from this elegant club is spectacular, especially at night from the ballroom.  The glass enclosure allows you to see the grandeur of the Birmingham skyline. As you glimpse at the scene you can ...

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Column: Out with the old, in with the new

By June Mathews Special to The Tribune Whew, I made it! Another holiday season has come and gone, and once again, I managed to keep my wits about me and maintain some of my scant supply of sanity. The few Christmas decorations I pulled out this year are repacked and back on their designated shelves in the basement; my bank account, though somewhat depleted, is at least not overdrawn; and all the relatives I ...

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Column: A look back at the 2017 Special Election

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune As we enter the 2018 campaign season, many of you have asked me to look back and analyze the 2017 Special Election Senate race and explain in depth what happened and why. The most asked question is how could a Democrat win a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama and does this mean that we are now possibly a two-party state? I will give you numerous answers, however, the simple ...

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Column: Time for resolutions

By Michael J. Brooks Special to The Tribune It was a moment of levity on an altogether sad day. We buried a wonderful Christian man several months ago. His death was premature in our judgment, and we were heartbroken to lose him. The family elected to return to our church for a meal after we left the cemetery, and the nice ladies in the church had everything ready for us. While we were eating, the area dire ...

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Many inspirational people found in House District 44, Alabama

By State Representative Danny Garrett Special to The Tribune 2017 has been one of the most memorable and eventful years in my lifetime. In the past, I have reflected upon the people in House District 44 and in Alabama who have inspired, motivated or encouraged me by their lives during the year. Many of these people are unsung heroes; they are not seeking recognition or status. Nonetheless, by their words, d ...

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Column: We lost some icons this year

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune At the close of each year, my tradition is to acknowledge the passing away of significant political leaders from the political stage in our beloved state. We lost some icons this year. As I sit in my office writing this yearend column, pictures of two of my favorite friends and legends adorn my walls. The photos of Governor Albert Brewer and Congressman Jim Martin loo ...

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Column: Alabama politics has been wild ride in 2017

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune Well, folks, we have had a more exciting and fun filled political year than we expected. Usually, most of the fun is reserved for even numbered years when presidential or gubernatorial elections are held. However, it’s been a good ride. Obviously, the Special Election for the remaining three years of Jeff Sessions’ senate term monopolized the year. Although you will h ...

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