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Inside the Statehouse: An early lookahead to 2018 governor race

By Steve Flowers Robert Bentley was inaugurated last Monday as our governor for the second time. He and his lovely wife, Diane, are good people. When you get to be my age, four years goes by in a hurry. It seems like only yesterday that Gov. Bentley was enjoying his first inauguration. I recall walking down Dexter Avenue toward my perch as a commentator for one of the Montgomery television stations, when I ...

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Be careful about what you read about the economy

By David Guttery Recently, I vented my opinion upon my professional Facebook page, regarding articles written by those to whom I refer as “end timers,” who repeatedly call for the collapse of the global economy and the crash of markets. They haven’t been right yet. I’m sure that you have seen the articles written by authors wanting you to believe that we’re in some new “end of times” epoch, prophesied by Sc ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Tuscaloosa County’s political representation unparalleled

By Steve Flowers Throughout Alabama political history, certain cities, counties and enclaves have had a proclivity for having an inordinate number of their citizenry serve in Alabama politics. The most dominant example is the unbelievable number of governors produced by Barbour County. It is referred to as the Home of Governors. However, currently we have a remarkable occurrence that will probably never hap ...

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A new year means a new market

By Dave Parrish It has become a tradition of sorts to open up each year with examination of the state of the real estate market. This year is no different except in what I have to report. For the past couple years we have experienced some tentative signs of recovery. Last year was indeed a very different year, the kind that should put at least a hint of a smile on the face of homeowners. The bulk of the hou ...

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Tough choices await lawmakers when session begins

By Danny Garrett Happy New Year. By the time you read this article, the State Legislature will have held its organizational session Jan. 13-14. When my fellow lawmakers and I gather in Montgomery for the 2015 regular legislative session that convenes in March, we will be greeted by one of the most severe budget shortfalls in the history of the state. And because the Alabama Constitution requires each year’s ...

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Looking ahead to Alabama Legislature regular session

By Slade Blackwell On March 3, the Alabama Legislature will meet for the first regular session of the new four-year quadrennium. While many Alabamians may be familiar with some of the bigger issues that will be considered by the Alabama Legislature, they may not know exactly how some of the political implications of the last election will impact the next four years. Here are a couple of relevant political r ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Gov. Robert Bentley has made me eat my words

By Steve Flowers During the 2010 governor’s race, I continuously made the statement that whomever won would be a one-term governor. My prophecy was based on the fact that the state was flat broke and it would take a lot of tough decisions and probably tax increases to fix the mess. Former Gov. Bob Riley was not helping his successor any either in a concerted mission to spend every cent in an already barren ...

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Getting a survey generally a good idea

By Chesley Payne I am almost always asked if a survey is required when buying real property. Generally, my response is that yes, it’s usually a good idea to obtain a survey prior to buying any real property. However, in some instances, it’s more important than others. If you’re buying acreage, a survey can provide a detailed drawing of your property and identify many problems prior to closing. Among these p ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Remembering political personalities lost in 2014

By Steve Flowers This time, we will take note of the passing away of notable Alabama political personalities during 2014. Some legendary Alabama political icons passed away in 2014. Former U.S. Sen. Jeremiah Denton died in March at age 89. Denton was born in Mobile. He served one six-year term in the Senate from 1981-1987. He was elected with Ronald Reagan in 1980. He was one of Reagan’s most loyal and stau ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Paul Hubbert easily most powerful lobbyist in state political history

By Steve Flowers Paul Ray Hubbert was born on Christmas Day in 1935 in the small rural crossroads of Hubbertville in Fayette County. The community was named for his family, who were the original and primary settlers. He died in October in Montgomery. Dr. Hubbert left an indelible mark on Alabama political history. The most enduring political giant in Alabama political history in my lifetime was George Walla ...

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