Editorial

Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers Last week we handicapped some of the potential horses in the upcoming 2018 Governor’s Race. We mentioned Judge Roy Moore, PSC President Twinkle Cavanaugh, Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, Secretary of State John Merrill, State Treasurer Young Boozer, State Senator Del Marsh and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. Some others that may be considering pursuing the brass ring of Alabama politics are Lt. Governor Kay Ivey, Supreme Court Justice…
Trying to figure out what is Southern
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Back in my teaching days one of my courses was one designed to introduce students to what is euphemistically called (by people into euphemisms) “Southern culture” In class we talked about things like regional mythology, religion, humor, literature, folklore, music, manners, and such, but no matter what we covered, I kept trying to get students to ask themselves and tell me “what makes it Southern?”…
Stopping a federal power grab
By Congressman Bradley Byrne American workers deserve responsible, commonsense policies to ensure safe and healthy working conditions. They deserve a federal government that holds bad actors accountable, and a government that takes proactive steps to help employers improve safety protections and prevent injuries and illnesses before they occur. For years, Republicans have called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reject a top-down approach to worker protections and…
The nature of a coaching job
It’s the nature of the job. If you’re the coach and your team doesn’t win, you’re gone. True at all levels – all the way to the pros. Former Head Coach Royce Young recently got caught in this situation. With a 4-26 record at Escambia County High School in three years, he expected he would not be back next year. And sure enough, when Principal Dennis Fuqua told him he…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers The premier issue of this year’s legislative session will be whether to borrow a massive amount of money to build new prisons in the state. This initiative appears to be our lame duck Governor Robert Bentley’s primary agenda. Last year Bentley proposed an $800 million bond issue for new prisons. He has come forward with a similar proposal this year. His plan would close all existing prisons…