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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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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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