Committee assignments highlight top priorities

Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

When I am not casting a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives or visiting with groups in my office, a large percentage of my time in Washington is spent serving on committees.

There are currently twenty standing committees in the House, and each member of Congress serves on at least one committee. These committees are where much of the legislative work is actually done.
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Alabama and Cuba: A Partnership for the 21st Century


By: State Senator Gerald Dial

Since 1959, the nation of Cuba has been ruled by the brothers Fidel and Raul Castro, a pair of communist thugs who nationalized that country’s industries and used violence and terror to silence political opponents. I vividly remember my first visit to Cuba nearly ten years ago. In a country where private ownership of property was illegal, the poverty was stark and omnipresent. If a person were loitering

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The Goal of Education


House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

When it comes to education policy, I don’t often agree with my colleague, Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur). But this year she plans to bring legislation that would set education goals for our state, and I like this idea.

I like this idea because it finally forces us to address the most important and fundamental question concerning education: What is the goal?

It’s a question that I’m afraid too often

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Coal still an important part of Alabama’s energy portfolio


By Charles L. Karr, Ph.D.
Dean of The University of Alabama College of Engineering

I cut my teeth in the mining industry early in my career as a research engineer with the United States Bureau of Mines, and I have seen the strength and determination of the people who labor to bring us the raw materials that make so much of our life possible.

Alabama was modernized because of coal, taking us from an agricultural society into one driven by

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Thoughts on racial unity


By David Carrington

Several days ago, as I participated in the 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast, two thoughts crossed my mind.

First, I was reminded of a recent picture of grandson number 3 and one of his best friends. They are great athletes and great friends. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were the starting shooting guard and power forward or the starting running back and wide receiver for Oak Mountain High School

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More questions on “smear sheet” investigation: Who knew what when?


By Larry Lee
Education Matters

More than 40 years ago, the late Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker asked during the Watergate hearings, “What did the President know and when did he know it?”

I was reminded of that yesterday, January 18, 2017, as I listened for nearly two hours while Senators Gerald Dial, Quinton Ross, Greg Allbritton, and Rep. Steve Hurst, convened for their third round of questioning of those who could shed

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Something fishy about “failing schools” list


By Larry Lee

The State Department of Education just released the latest “failing schools” list, an annual ranking is required by the infamous Alabama Accountability Act. The Legislature decreed that the bottom six percent of all public schools are “failing” and should be identified annually.

So lists were distributed in June 2013 and January 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

This always causes an outcry from educators they think some schools

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Lurleen Wallace portrait still missing from Capitol Rotunda


By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

Today, Monday, January 16, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Lurleen Wallace as Alabama’s only female Governor. January 16, 1967 was and remains a historic milestone for our state. I was there, marching with the Sylacauga High School “Half-Million-Dollar Band.” Freezing cold.

Today, sadly, the official portrait of Gov. Lurleen Wallace remains – illegally – out of the Capitol

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House makes regulatory reform a top priority

Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

$1,000,000,000,000. That’s the estimated total cost of regulations issued by the Obama Administration. These regulations have resulted in over 754,000,000 hours of paperwork.

These numbers are pretty remarkable. The wide range of regulations cover everything from energy to agriculture to the environment.

In addition to having a negative effect on all those directly impacted, the regulations have a larger

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Judicial reform: Why the JIC and COJ must go in 2017


By Maggie Ford

On January 6, 2016, Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a factual and legal Administrative Order. Since then, we have seen the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) file charges against him because of it.

They also shared confidential information with The Montgomery Advertiser and The New York Times, and displayed a conflict of interest by using $75,000 of taxpayer money to hire the formal legal director of the Southern

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