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.”

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.

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…

Roy Moore is the nasty infection Alabama can’t shake. Thought he was gone, did you? Well, he’s back -- if only to hint that he may again seek the Republican nomination in hopes of giving U.S. Sen. Doug Jones another go. We kid you not.

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.

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…

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.

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