When they’re not on duty as sergeants for the Alabama National Guard, Flanagan and her friend Ranzy Green, who lives in Jacksonville, are the self-appointed keepers of a tiny, neglected, almost-secret park. It lies just off Bain’s Gap Road, a highway that winds through the wooded hills north of Anniston.

Black or white, Republican or Democrat, voters in the state list more or less the same top public policy priorities, according to a recent study by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, a nonprofit research organization at Samford University.

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