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Inside the Statehouse: GOP Senate takeover has silver lining for Alabama

By Steve Flowers The GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate has a silver lining for Alabama. We came out like gangbusters with the Republican victory. Both of our U.S. senators are Republican and both have seniority. Our Senior Sen. Richard Shelby has been in the U.S. Senate 28 years. He is in the top 10 members of the Senate in seniority. He will become one of the Senate’s most powerful members. He will chair the ...

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Taking stock of your situation at the New Year

By Chesley Payne We are almost at the beginning of the New Year. Once again, it is time to stop and take stock of your particular situation. If you run a business, are there certain items you have been meaning to do but you just have not had the time to handle? These things might be updating your corporate records, revising your employee handbook, holding an annual meeting, or developing a succession plan i ...

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Improving education and the UAB football situation

By Danny Garrett Since assuming office Nov. 5, I have enjoyed meeting with many local leaders, citizens, and representatives from various organizations and hearing their concerns and ideas. I am becoming “more educated” in the process and look forward to working to serve the needs of District 44. Last month, I attended the National Conference on Education Reform in Washington, D.C. The conference was organi ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Rundown of State Senate shows very conservative leadership

By Steve Flowers The 2014 elections were quite uneventful. The seven statewide constitutional offices were all retained by Republicans. In fact, the reason the election was so dull was because the top five constitutional offices were held by incumbent Republicans who all waltzed to re-election. These included Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, State Treasurer Young Boozer, Agriculture Commissioner John ...

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Is government killing the health care profession?

By Zack Steele There are times in my day when I wish my life was about seeing patients and helping them see well. One would think that is what a health care provider is supposed to do. These days, we are inundated with codes, procedures, and minutia created by the federal government and insurance companies. I read an interesting column recently by a doctor named Jeffrey Singer. He’s a surgeon who lamented i ...

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Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, why are we celebrating?

By Slade Blackwell With Thanksgiving behind us, we are heading straight toward Christmas. For me, the holidays are a good time to reflect on the blessings in our lives, the need to help others and the reason we are celebrating in the first place. That last reflection is often lost in the name of political correctness and retail frenzy. This year it seems like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Mike Hubbard is political story of the year

By Steve Flowers Mike Hubbard is the political story of the year because our 2014 state elections were so mundane. The October indictment of the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives overshadows all other political events in the state, even the re-election of Gov. Robert Bentley, which was a foregone conclusion. In fact, if Hubbard had not been indicted, it would have been the political story of t ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Breaking down Gary Palmer’s election to Congress

By Steve Flowers This was probably one of the dullest and least interesting gubernatorial election years in memory. It stemmed from the fact that Robert Bentley was a popular incumbent governor and nobody dared to run against him in the Republican Primary. These days winning the Republican Primary is tantamount to election in the Heart of Dixie. The only really exciting race was for the open 6th Congression ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Gov. Bentley was unbeatable this election year

By Steve Flowers In all my years of following Alabama politics, I have never seen as dull an election year as we just witnessed. It stems from the fact that we had an uneventful and noncompetitive governor’s race. Historically, Alabamians have turned out more for the governor’s race every four years than for a presidential race. This is dissimilar to the rest of the nation. Most Americans are more excited a ...

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What should Trussville City Schools spend educational budget on?

By Abby Hornsby For The Tribune What should Trussville City Schools spend the educational budget on? It’s wonderful to have a $15 million stadium, a concert hall, and a huge performance gym, but a school system shouldn’t lose sight of the key goals: recruit the best teachers, equip students with up-to-date technology skills and prepare them to be successful upon graduation. The most important assets of Trus ...

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