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Inside the Statehouse: 1964 pivotal year in Alabama party voting

By Steve Flowers You already know the results of last week’s general election. It would have been a major upset if any Democrat won a statewide contest. We are now one of the most Republican states in America. It all began 50 years ago this month. The 1964 election was the bellwether year that Alabama and the Deep South dramatically changed to the Republican Party. On that November day, Alabamians voted for ...

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No excuses for Republicans failing to take action

By Danny Garrett Wednesday, Nov. 5 was an exciting day for me, as 120 dear family, friends and colleagues witnessed me taking the oath of office to serve as the State Representative for House District 44. I appreciate all those who attended the ceremony and those who had a part in the program. I was especially honored that Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Mike Bolin took time from his busy schedule t ...

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EPA’s new power grab coming to water near you

By Slade Blackwell Many Alabamians are already concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency reaching beyond its statutory bounds under the Clean Air Act to regulate Alabama’s energy generation. If Alabamians thought the EPA would surely stop there, think again. Now the EPA is looking to expand its regulatory reach into a body of water near you. In 2006, the United States Supreme Court issued a confus ...

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Montgomery political soap opera makes me appreciate our representation

By Zack Steele If you’ve been reading my columns for a while, you know I like to step away from the world of health care from time to time and venture into other subjects. The indictment of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was a black mark on us as Alabamians. I have no idea if the speaker did what he’s accused of doing. I have no idea if this is some political witch hunt to sully his name. The courts will ...

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Inside the Statehouse: No challenge to Alabama GOP in this year’s elections

By Steve Flowers We aren’t indicative of or really even a part of the national political equation. The Heart of Dixie is an integral part of the heart and soul of the Republican Party. We and our fellow Deep South sister states are such reliably Republican red states that we’re essentially ignored in national elections. It’s a foregone conclusion that our delegation in Washington will remain six Republicans ...

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5 ways to be found guilty of DUI in Alabama

By Chesley Payne Alabama’s DUI law can be found under code section 32-5A-191 in the Code of Alabama. The law in Alabama states that a person can be found guilty of violating this statute by: Having a blood alcohol content in excess of .08 or above Being under the influence of alcohol regardless of blood alcohol content to such an extent you cannot safely operate a motor vehicle Driving under the influence o ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Does Birmingham have a chance at Democratic National Convention?

By Steve Flowers This year’s state primary elections have brought very little drama or surprises. However, there have been the inevitable novel surprises nationwide. One of the most glaring jaw droppers was the defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia. He lost his House seat to a Tea Party challenger in the Republican Primary. Many national commentators found his defeat implausible ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Looking at the age, wealth of past US presidents

By Steve Flowers Earlier this month, our 39th president, Jimmy Carter, turned 90 years old. In my lifetime, he is the most ethical, moral and Christlike president to occupy the Oval Office. Most, if not all of our presidents, have espoused to be Christians. However, Carter truly walked the walk. There is no specter of hypocrisy surrounding his life. Everything he did while in the White House was above repro ...

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Sudden vision loss signals sick arteries

By Zack Steele There’s the old saying, “When one door shuts, another one opens.” For a patient recently, the door that shut was sight in his left eye. The door that opened: a big clue into a big-time cardiovascular problem. He remembers, “Everything went dark in that eye – like a window shade had been pulled over it.” He had a history of high cholesterol and high blood pressure, but normal vision up until t ...

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Inside the Statehouse: 1998 the last time Alabama elected Democrat as governor

By Steve Flowers Old Fob James had an unusual political personality. When he was out of the governor’s office he showed a tremendous yearning to get back. The proof is he sought the office in 1986 and lost in the Democratic primary and lost again in 1990 in the primary. However, he came back and won in 1994 as a Republican. But once he got the job he acted as if he didn’t want it. As mentioned a few weeks e ...

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