Are we rubes who cannot read nor count?

November 27, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

National opinion writers, network talking heads and even random strangers are slamming Alabama as a clannish bunch of backwoods, inbred rubes simply too dumb to determine who to elect as U.S. Senator on December 12. And even here at home, much of the same criticism is amplified in print, online and even in these pages.

At the Alabama Political Reporter, we allow all voices with few exceptions, but our primary focus is on accuracy in reporting.

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Jeff Sessions denies “appalling and detestable” Russian allegations

June 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON — Less than a week after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General and former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions sat in the same chair as the former law enforcement official and delivered a somewhat different set of what he said were facts, defending himself and the Trump camp from what has amounted to a near ceaseless onslaught of new reports and allegations.

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Greater love: Honoring those who died in uniform

May 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Memorial Day is the day we as a nation set aside to remember those who died in service of our country.

Not to be confused with Veteran’s Day, a time we celebrate all those who served in our Armed Forces, Memorial Day is when we pay homage to those who paid the ultimate price for our peace and freedom.

The Prussian General and military theorist, Carl von Clausewitz said, “War is the continuation of politics by other means.”

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Memorial Day: History and Values

May 29, 2017

Sen. Gerald Dial

Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reconnect with their history and core values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals and freedom we cherish.

More than a million American service members have given their lives in wars and conflicts since the first Colonial soldier took up arms in 1775 to fight for Independence. Each soldier who died during those conflicts was a loved one cherished by family and friends, each was a loss to the community and the Nation.

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Groundbreaking Study Shows Enormous Financial Impact of Alabama’s Energy Industry

November 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A first of its kind study found that Alabama’s energy industry contributes more than $13 billion to the State’s economy each year, and that at least 124,000 jobs depend on the energy sector.

This groundbreaking study released by the Energy Institute of Alabama showed that Alabama’s General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets are enriched by at least $385 million directly from the energy sector.
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“Silent Cal” Said A Lot

October 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Ninety years ago, President Calvin Coolidge addressed many of the problems we face today, from widespread fear and intolerance to the threats against free speech, freedom of the press and equal protection under the law.

For a man whose nickname was “Silent Cal,” he wrote volumes about our great Nation and how best to live in it with dignity, honor and service.

Coolidge, an intellectual Republican leader, was a champion of smaller government and laissez-faire economics. He foresaw the consequences of radical disunion and the intolerance that so easily leaves countries in tatters.
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Us or Them?

July 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The government has a role in the lives of its citizens, but it should be a government of the people, by the people, for the people, as Abraham Lincoln memorialized at Gettysburg.

Of the many lessons learned from Mike Hubbard’s time as Speaker, the failure of his strict mode of divisive leadership, is the most important one for us to remember. Hubbard embodied and advanced the paranoid politics of “us” against “them,” a foreboding trend growing stronger throughout our nation.
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Declare a Revolution on Independence Day for Alabama

July 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Even as we celebrate our Republic’s Independence Day, it is evident that our State is in a moral crisis. Gov. Robert Bentley is running roughshod over the Constitution, the former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, has been found guilty of 12 felony ethics violations and the State’s Chief Justice is being hounded by an appointed commission.

The crisis in Alabama stems from years of neglect, politics for personal gain, a false piety that mocks the basic tenets of Christ’s teachings, and a failure to value life above property and wealth.
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