The older you get the more you realize that old adages you heard as a child are true. There is a political maxim that says, “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It could very aptly be applied to the Mike Hubbard saga.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As most folks across East Alabama know, the Agricultural industry is a money maker and job creator in our state.  The Agriculture industry boasts over 500,000 jobs and brings in more than $70 billion total a year to Alabama.

A few Friday nights ago, a large throng of people gathered at The Club in Birmingham despite a torrential thunderstorm. The event was called Jubilee for Jabo. It was a commemoration of Jabo Waggoner’s 50 years of service in the Alabama Legislature.

“It’s the economy, stupid!” James Carville, a leading strategist for Bill Clinton during his first run for president in 1992, reminded the candidate and all around him to stay on message. The recession of the early 1990s (July 1990 – March 1991) was one factor driving the electorate which are normally driven by the economy. Clinton made a better case for improving the economy and won the election.

By chance, I recently met a friendly, talkative, 77-year-old man who wants to improve his education. Gerald Sowards of Oxford told me that he is studying hard to earn his GED. He wants it because …, well, just because.

First to veterans and their families: Thanks for your service and many sacrifices! You have won, defended, and protected our freedoms from the beginning. Your loyalty is not to a king or a government, or even to fellow citizens, but to defending and protecting the Constitution. Thank you.

Sometimes the best thing that the legislature can do in a session is to pass very little legislation. That can be said of this year’s regular legislative session, which ended several weeks ago. Not many bills made it through the legislative labyrinth.

Sometimes the best thing that the legislature can do in a session is to pass very little legislation. That can be said of this year’s regular legislative session, which ended several weeks ago. Not many bills made it through the legislative labyrinth.

A few weeks ago former Alabama Chief Justice Perry O. Hooper Sr. died at his home in Montgomery at age 91. He was the epitome of the southern gentleman. He was also one of the founding fathers of the modern Republican Party in Alabama.

For students looking for something fun to do this summer, perhaps dance might be in their future. Dance producer, choreographer, and instructor Rani Welch oversees a program that students find not only fun but might prepare them for a career.

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education made news last week releasing “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students” to all public schools falling under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Last week we talked about how difficult it is to win passage of a legislative act. It does not matter if the proposed legislation is for apple pie and motherhood.

Thomas Sowell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, recently wrote a scenario I’ve not heard elsewhere…at least in the mainstream media or other news sources I follow.

At this time of year Washington, D.C. is a beautiful place to visit. The city is aglow with the blooming of the cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossoms offer a glorious scene as you stroll down the mall and look toward our nation’s capital. This scene has been glimpsed by tourists and visitors for over a century.

As the budget hearings began for the 2016 Legislative Session in January the largest Powerball lottery sweepstakes in American history was playing out.

Well folks, this year’s legislative session began on Groundhog Day and it is déjà vu all over again. It is like it is last year again.

In early 2009, Dr. Robert Bentley came to see me about his race for governor of Alabama. Bentley was finishing his second term in the Alabama House of Representatives and closing down his very successful dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa.

A mentor once counseled, “A wise man changes his mind. A fool never does.” We’ve all changed our minds. We’re all fallible. Sometimes I’ve had to change my mind multiple times after learning more. I’m not averse to changing my mind if reason calls me to.

Easter is a love story that started in the Garden of Eden. When God created Adam, the man was alone among all the creatures, not having a mate.

Habakkuk asked two questions that people have asked from the beginning: Why does God allow wickedness to continue? Why would God use wicked people to discipline “good” people?

One of the finest men to ever serve in Alabama government is Albert Brewer. He is one of the most quality and highest caliber individuals to ever rise to the Governor’s office.