Who will build our 355 ship Navy?

August 14, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

America has the most powerful Navy the world has ever seen. For centuries, our sailors have provided peace and stability around the globe. With over eighty percent of the world’s population living within sixty miles of the sea and ninety percent of world trade moving by sea, a strong and capable US Navy is critical to a bountiful economy and the wellbeing of humanity.

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Gov. Ivey playing politics with Sentance

August 13, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Unfortunately, Governor Kay Ivey is now playing politics with our children.  Three weeks ago she said she did not know enough about the performance of State School Chief Mike Sentance to join State Board members in evaluating him  (By virtue of her office, she is President of the State Board).

However, she issued a statement on August 10 supporting Sentance and urging the board to give him more time.

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Sentance & Saban

August 9, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

First there was Governor Robert Bentley telling a business group last September that hiring Mike Sentance as state school superintendent was “like hiring (Nick) Saban.” Of course, we now know Bentley was living in a fantasy world at that time and is the same guy who recently proclaimed himself to be the best governor Alabama ever had.

Now along comes the Alabama Policy Institute again trying to compare Sentance to Saban and pleading with the state board of education not to fire him. In an article of 514 words of mostly nonsense and few facts, they contend that since we gave Coach Saban more than one year to prove his worth, we should do the same for Sentance.

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Getting around the District

August 8, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Each August, Members of Congress head back to their home states for a District Work Period. I use this time to travel throughout my district and interact with the people I represent in Congress.

These District Work Periods are jammed packed with multiple stops a day, plenty of time in the car, and important conversations with constituents. To help explain just how busy these weeks can be, I want to walk you through my last week on the road in Southwest Alabama.
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Jeff Sessions has potential to be among nation’s greatest Attorneys General

August 4, 2017

By Rep. Will Ainsworth

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “statesman” as “a wise, skillful, and respected political leader.”

Throughout its history, Alabama has produced scores of politicians, but our true statesmen have been few and far between.

Jeff Sessions is a statesman.

Throughout his public service career as a US Attorney, Alabama’s Attorney General, a US Senator, and, now, as our nation’s Attorney General, Sessions has served with integrity, determination, effectiveness, and a genial and gentlemanly nature that earned him respect from friend and foe alike.
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The end of crossover voting in Alabama

August 1, 2017

By Secretary John H. Merrill

In the State of Alabama, primary elections serve as the preliminary process by which candidates are nominated to represent either the Republican or Democratic Party. Both parties have, throughout the years, periodically required voters to participate with voting consistency to avoid voters crossing from one party primary to another party primary and then engaging in the other parties election and intentionally influencing the vote totals for candidates receiving votes in the nomination process.
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In praise of doing what’s right

July 31, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Ain’t no way 11 months ago I would ever write what I am now writing. That’s because I had just watched state school board member Stephanie Bell raise her hand on Aug. 11 as one of five votes to hire Mike Sentance as State Superintendent.

I thought then–and still do—it was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen a group of adults do.  Given his lack of qualifications and lack of support from educators, how do you justify selecting him?
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Cutting through the noise

July 31, 2017
Bradley Byrne

US Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

There has been a lot of noise coming out of Washington and in the national news media. If you listen to all the noise, you would think the only thing happening in our nation’s capital is staffing drama at the White House and an ongoing Russia investigation.

Those topics consume the national headlines day in and day out. Sadly, that narrative does not match the reality of what is happening in the House of Representatives. In fact, we are getting our work done and following through on our promises.
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If Etowah County Commission won’t step up for The Mega Sport Complex, Legislative Delegation should

July 27, 2017

Guest Editorial by Rep. Craig Ford

Every day I run into people who tell me how much they want Etowah County to have its own sports complex. And in almost every single one of these conversations, I always get asked, “But Craig, do you really think we will ever actually get it done?”

I do believe we will get it done. But it will get done a lot quicker and easier if the Etowah County Commission will get on board.
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The dark cloud over Alabama is gone

July 25, 2017

By Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Before I took the oath of office just over 100 days ago, a dark cloud hung over Alabama.

Because of a failure in leadership and the plaque of scandal, we were faced with great uncertainty. That uncertainty hindered our ability to create new jobs, carry out the people’s business, and focus on the task of improving the quality of life for all Alabamians.

Since I became governor, I have had one goal: to steady the ship of state and improve Alabama’s image. Even though I was only given three hours to transition from Lieutenant Governor to Governor while most administrations have three months, my administration has risen to the occasion.
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