Editorial

Food for thought
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson The South excelled in two things which the French deem essential to civilization: a code of manners and a native cuisine. John Peale Bishop Well, old John Peale may have been onto something there, but according to a couple of recent studies the cuisine part of our culture is leading us to an early grave. Not long ago it was reported that anyone who wants…
Support pours in for new governor
Supernumerary District Attorney Ellen Brooks announced Monday, April 10, that Governor Robert Bentley pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges: failing to file a major contribution report, in violation of Code of Alabama §17-5-8.1(c); and knowingly converting campaign contributions to personal use, in violation of Code of Alabama §36-25-6. He resigned from office. A short time later, Alabama Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Lyn Stuart administered the oath to Lt. Gov. Kay…
Alabama Senate approves largest education budget since 2008
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Last week, the Alabama Senate approved by a 29-2 vote a historically strong budget for the Education Trust Fund. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget allocates $6.4 billion to Alabama’s K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. It is the largest education budget since 2008, and the second largest budget since 1995, the last year for which the Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office had complete figures. “A quality education…
Senate should confirm Gorsuch
By Congressman Bradley Byrne “When we judges don our robes, it doesn’t make us any smarter, but it does serve as a reminder of what’s expected of us: Impartiality and independence, collegiality and courage.” Those are the words of Neil Gorsuch, a current judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers Lots of folks are still mad about our lame duck governor Robert Bentley naming Attorney General Luther Strange to Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat. If the sitting attorney general of a state openly states that he is investigating the governor for misfeasance and then that governor appoints that attorney general to the senate seat it looks funny. It gives new meaning to the word collusion. This brazen move…