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Inside the Statehouse: 1962 governor’s race really began four years earlier

By Steve Flowers The 1962 governor’s race really began in 1958. The governor’s office and the race for it was the big show in Alabama politics in that era. Being a U.S. senator was secondary in Alabama politics. Governor is still probably the most important and glamorous political position today, but it certainly was at that time. Television had not come into its own. Most Alabamians didn’t own a television ...

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Eyeglasses and baseball a dangerous combination

By Zack Steele Since July is Eye Safety Awareness Month, I thought I would bring up a subject I take very seriously, and that’s safety eyewear for sports. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I am a big sports fan. I played sports growing up and played college baseball for about a week (actually, it was two years, but it felt like a week). I still like to watch sports at all levels, especially baseb ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Looking back at, analyzing the 1958 governor race

By Steve Flowers As the 1958 governor’s race dawned, the shadow of Big Jim Folsom loomed over the scene. Even though Big Jim couldn’t be on the ballot, because the Alabama Constitution prohibited a governor from succeeding himself, his larger than life presence was pervasive. Although Big Jim was prohibited from seeking a record third term in 1958, the aspirants couldn’t decide if they wanted his support or ...

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Terror in the front yard: Feathered bullies cause big flap in the neighborhood

By June Mathews Some mockingbirds have set up housekeeping in our front yard, and it’s not just a single family nest with a mama, daddy and kids. Apparently the aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma and grandpa have moved in, too. It seems like mockingbirds are everywhere. To make matters worse, they evidently think they own the place. But I guess that’s a fair assumption on their part since they outnumber Jimmie ...

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Things to consider when thinking about a second home

By David Parrish While at the beach I couldn’t help myself. As I have frequently (almost always) done in the past, I found myself thinking wouldn’t it be great if we had a home here. Do you dream of owning a second home? More and more people are turning to second homes for a variety of personal and financial reasons. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider to inform your second home strategy. If you’v ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Midsummer runoff voting traditionally lower

By Steve Flowers If you think the turnout was low for the June 3 primary, “then you ain’t seen nothing yet.” The runoff primary is Tuesday, July 15. The prognostication is for a paltry 5 percent statewide voter participation. Pundits and columnists should not chastise the average Alabama voter because, for the most part, he or she does not have much reason to vote July 15. Generally speaking, turnout for mi ...

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Inside the Statehouse: The infatuation with the governor’s office

By Steve Flowers When talk turns to politics in Alabama it usually leads to the governor’s race. It doesn’t matter if the governor’s race is four years away, political gossip starts early as to who will run. In Alabama politics the governor’s office is the brass ring. As each new race approaches it’s talked about more than ever around coffee clubs and kitchen tables from Sand Mountain to the Wiregrass. It’s ...

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Title insurance: Why do I need it?

By Chesley Payne Title insurance is an insurance product sold by title insurance companies and agents in all 50 states. The purpose of title insurance is to protect the insured in the event a title issue arises that could threaten your rights concerning a parcel of property. Among the most common issues are old, unreleased mortgages and sues that come about when property is sold by someone without the requi ...

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Lawmakers working to build strong financial foundation for state

By Slade Blackwell The vast majority of Americans continue to grow increasingly concerned and disappointed about the direction our country is headed. The national economy is sluggish, at best, and out-of-control federal spending has seemingly passed the point of no return. Fortunately for Alabamians, though, we have a different story to tell. Over the past four years, Alabama Republicans have enacted fiscal ...

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Helping high blood pressure naturally

By Channing King Have you been told that your blood pressure is too high or too low? If so, you're not alone. According to the American Heart Association, about 74.5 million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure. That equals out to about one in every three adults. On the flip side, while not affecting as many, low blood pressure also negatively affects a large group. Since blood pressure has increasin ...

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