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Obamacare repeal must roll back the Medicaid expansion

By Ellen Weaver and Caleb Crosby The Alabama Policy Institute As the 115th Congress convenes and President-elect Trump prepares to take office tomorrow, our nation faces incredible challenges and opportunities. On health care in particular, the stakes couldn’t be higher, nor the path forward more clear. As leaders working on state-based policy solutions across the country, we have seen the impact of Obamaca ...

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There is no Muslim ban

By Scott Buttram, publisher Commentary TRUSSVILLE --Right now, there is a Muslim entering the United States. They are coming from Paris, or London, or Madrid, or Tokyo, or Beijing. No one is stopping them. No one is sending them home or detaining them. It isn't happening because there is no Muslim ban in the United States. It doesn't exist. Despite the meltdown over President Donald Trump's recent immigrati ...

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Trussville AD search must be done the right way

By Scott Buttram Publisher Commentary TRUSSVILLE -- Here's what we know about the search to fill the athletic director post left open by Karen Johns' resignation last month. It's a plum job and a lot of people want the spot. And by a lot of people, I mean a whole lot of people. According to sources within the school system, the athletic director opening has drawn more than 70 applications. More applications ...

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Alabama state legislative session will work on General Fund and Education Trust Fund

By Shay Shelnutt State Senator On Feb. 7, the Alabama Legislature will convene for the 2017 regular session. Before giving you a preview of the issues that will shape the debate in Montgomery, I want to pause and recognize that Friday marked the inauguration of our nation’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump. The peaceful transition of power is a remarkable thing, especially when it happens between opposing po ...

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Trump economy plan: From plow horse to race horse through tax cuts

By David Guttery Columnist President-elect Trump wants a race horse economy, not a continuation of the plow horse we've had for the past several years.       Out of all of his proposals, the one that should help the economy the most is corporate tax reform, in particular a big cut in the tax rate on profits to 15 percent or 20 percent from 35 percent at present.  Typically, corporate profits are subject to ...

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“People of the Year for 2016” live in House District 44

By Danny Garrett Rep. House Dist. 44 The 2017 regular session of the Alabama Legislature will begin on February 7, 2017.   As discussed in previous articles, the “off season” has been very busy.  In addition to attending various events around the district, I have been involved with two joint legislative task forces.   I am co-chair of the Budget Reform Task Force and was also asked to serve on the Consumer ...

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Three important health questions

By Channing King What are some of your health goals? If you're like most Americans, you are wanting to set some health goals for 2017. Losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising more are some of the most commonly set goals and are great to strive for. The problem, though, is that most never achieve those goals. Why is that? Why do so many fall short year after year? The answer may lie in some questions ...

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An interesting year in Alabama politics

By Steve Flowers This past year in Alabama politics was surprisingly more interesting than was expected. The judicial inquiry commission removed Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench for telling the probate judges in the state to not perform marriage ceremonies for gay people. He said marriage should be between a man and a woman, as do most people in Alabama. This removal by this vague panel ...

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On making peace

By Michael J. Brooks Someone had an interesting post on Facebook asking for sad personal stories in three words. A few responders used levity with "Donald Trump won" and "President Hillary Clinton." But other responders were gravely serious: "Nobody likes me," "children are hungry," "you have cancer" and "husband in heaven." Our world is filled with turmoil and the holiday season accentuates the unrest so m ...

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Hope for the New Year

By Dave Parrish … Hope dies last, You can’t lose hope. If you lose hope, you lose everything. - Jessie de la Cruz So here we are in that period at the end of the year between the celebrations of Christmas and the New Year... A time when many, if not most, accept that there is little that will get done... A time reserved for reflection and perhaps planning… the making of resolutions and promises… a time of h ...

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