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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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Guest opinion: Remembering Jack Wood Stadium

By Bob Davis For The Tribune That rustling sound you have been hearing recently might not have been the leaves of fall, but rather the sound of the turning of the last closing pages of a chapter in our Trussville history and the turning of the first pages of a new chapter. The new Hewitt-Trussville Stadium has been opened and is now writing its own history. Jack Wood Stadium has gone dark and will soon succ ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Observations on 2014 political happenings

By Steve Flowers As we approach the end of the political year, a few thoughts and observations on 2014 political happenings in the Heart of Dixie. Jim Sumner retired as executive director of the Alabama Ethics Commission in October. He had been Ethics Commission chairman for 16 years. Jim had an outstanding career in state public service that spanned 35 years. Prior to heading the Ethics Commission, he work ...

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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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