Alabama Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, is right. Spot-on right. “If we don’t address this education issue, it’s going to catch up with us,” he said this week while pointing to the state’s abysmal K-12 national rankings in math and reading. “This is the wrong path.”
Alabama politicians are keen on blaming the state’s fiscal deficiencies for their reluctance to support improvements that aren’t free. It’s embedded in legislators’ DNA.
On Tuesday, it will have been one year since an EF-3 tornado struck the city of Jacksonville and the campus of Jacksonville State University, leaving hundreds of trees decapitated, thousands of residents without power, houses with no mailboxes and mailboxes with no houses.
Last September, the United States Commission on Civil Rights told President Trump the brutal truth about voting rights. Alabama’s role in that truth was prominent. And U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, is again trying to turn that prominence into a victory for those who value equal acces…
Mike Hubbard is several things In Alabama: former speaker of the state House of Representatives, longtime bigwig in east Alabama radio, advertising and publishing, leader of the 2010 “Republican Handshake with Alabama” that remade the Statehouse, and convicted felon.
The situation: Calhoun County last November passed an ordinance that was drafted in an effort to fix a problem that didn’t yet exist, and created a problem that it now needs to fix, and left in place the problem it was supposed to fix.
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, racism and Islamophobia following days of congressional strife over controversial and ill-advised comments made by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
There’s a stirring scene taking place at Alabama’s State Capitol, where legislators are twisting themselves in knots over Gov. Kay Ivey’s special session. The urgency is unmistakable. Ivey wants a 10-cent increase in the state’s gasoline tax to pay for road and bridge repairs. Supportive leg…
In Connecticut, a proposed state budget would slash $4 million from overtime pay for state troopers, who already are 240 hires shy of being fully staffed.
The creaky wheels of the Alabama Legislature started churning Tuesday, and expectations for a rousing spring session are somewhere between lukewarm and glacial. What’s more, any significant successes legislators produce in 2019 will revolve around one item -- money.
Here’s a suggestion for Calhoun County Commissioner Eli Henderson: Next time he wants to make a joke about women during a commission meeting, don’t.
While the nation churns on Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony, watches President Trump shake hands with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and wonders how “Green Book” could win best picture at the Oscars, local government has again shown why it’s just as important.
Let’s take stock of where everyone stands on a gas-tax increase to help repair Alabama’s motley collection of roads and bridges.
As emotions go, hate is a humdinger. It’s mean-spirited, like school-yard bullies and blowhards at the bar. It serves no purpose other than to incite and enrage. It offers no redeeming biblical values, no reasonable justification. It fills our prisons and bloodies our streets and keeps polic…
There is a chance that the 2020 Republican primary to face U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Birmingham, will include two U.S. representatives, the president pro tempore of the Alabama Legislature, a former U.S. attorney general, Alabama’s outspoken state auditor and everyone’s favorite defrocked form…
The Alabama Democratic Party, a weak political creature overwhelmed by its majority colleague, lost every statewide election last year. Every single one -- even with qualified candidates in a handful of races. U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is the only Alabama Democrat to hold statewide office; his gr…
If we were talking about almost any industry other than prisons, most of us reading those first three paragraphs would not only be interested, but we would be salivating over the idea of bringing to this area a $300 million industry and the jobs that would come with it.
If we wanted to throw darts at the players involved in The Great Animal Control Fiasco of 2018-19, we’d likely draw blood. Targets are plentiful.