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7 Things: Tough run-offs, Ivey-Maddox, Trump plays the NFL again, and more …

1. Two remaining statewide races, lieutenant governor and attorney general, got ugly at the end and will remain that way for the next 6 six weeks ---...

5 takeaways from the Alabama primary elections

After more than a year of continuous campaigning, TV ads and more signs than ALDOT has time to take down, Alabama finally let its...

Roby still strong in Alabama’s second congressional district despite Trump backlash

In past elections, Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) had made short work of winning the Republican Party’s nod, even when she faced opposition on her...

Roy Moore’s career may be over, but Mooreism is not

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s career may have ended in December when he lost a special election for the Senate, but...

Alabama GOP primary: A last second look at the governor and attorney general races

The first half of election season nears its resolution today as voters choose their party's candidate for November. Here's what the polls tell us may...

7 Things: Primary election day is here, Manafort may be in big trouble, don’t bake the cake, and more

1. Primary election day is here in Alabama; biggest races to watch are for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General --- Sample ballots can be found...

Justice Thomas about cake baker case: America now in conflict between religious liberty and court’s decree on gay marriage

In his dissenting opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, Justice Clarence Thomas predicted that the court’s declaration that same-sex marriage is a right would ultimately...

Weird reasons negative political ads work – even when the message is weak and the source isn’t credible

Why do negative political ads work, even though we can't stand them and we know they're paid for by people whose interests are not...

Alabama politics ‘for dummies’: A primer on the executive department

It's common for even the most educated of voters to know little about the candidates on their ballots. It's perhaps even more common for voters...

Paige Patterson and #SBCToo — ‘Wrath of God’ has fallen on the Southern Baptist Convention

During her years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, April C. Armstrong kept a journal of her experiences as one of the few women earning...

7 Things: The North Korean summit is back on, AEA hearts the ALGOP now, AG race is going to get way uglier, and more

1. Meeting with the North Koreans is back on after a visit from a North Korean envoy --- A North Korean spy delivered a letter...

Explainer: Prison reform bill

What just happened? The House recently passed a bipartisan prison reform bill authored by Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.). The First Step Act...

Some shockers in an Alabama pollster’s rundown of what could happen on Tuesday

A lack of publicly available polling on Alabama's primary races is hindering the coverage of June 5th's primary races. But Alabama pollster Ray Evans...

7 Things: No one knows what Alabama’s Gov. Ivey proposed for school safety, tariffs for everyone, liberal hypocrisy, and more

1. No one in Alabama politics is actually paying attention to what Gov. Kay Ivey is doing on school safety, which is ... almost nothing ---...

7 Things: Trump pounds away on AG Sessions, “Media bias” is PART of the Roseanne story, Troy King’s abuse of power as AG, and...

1. President Donald Trump regrets hiring AG Jeff Sessions, reports say he will fire him after Mueller report  --- Even though Sessions was the first...

The future of jobs and how Billy Joel’s ‘Allentown’ was remarkably prescient

Over 35 years ago during the 1981-82 recession, Billy Joel released “Allentown” about the plight of this Pennsylvania town. The song resonated across the...

State and local elections suffer low voter turnout because they don’t inspire

State and local elections are like the Terms & Conditions of your new app: you know they’re extremely important, but you don’t really have...

President Donald Trump endorses Congressman Mo Brooks for re-election

If you followed Congressman Mo Brooks' campaign for U.S. Senate and his campaign for re-election to the U.S. House, there was one theme his...

7 Things: Trump campaigns, Roseanne fails big-time, Alabama’s Republican Party stares down a big problem, and more …

1. President Donald Trump is on the campaign trail again, as if he ever stopped --- While Trump was campaigning for Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, she...

What electoral politics is vs. what it should be

Election season reminds us – as if we had forgotten – of what politics usually is rather than what it ought to be. I’ve often...

High-level incumbents likely won’t help civil asset forfeiture reform

Stories like Frank Ranelli’s – a Birmingham-area businessman whose more than 130 computers were seized by Homewood police in 2010 on suspicion that some...

7 Things: A flurry of false immigration stories, attack ads hit Alabama, North Korea meeting may happen in June, and more

1. Lying about immigration is becoming a full-time beat for the media --- There were a series of outrages over the weekend, none of which...

The GOP should be required to declare an in-kind contribution from the NFL

It is late May and we are talking about the NFL. This normally does not happen but for some reason the NFL wanted to...

State elections matter more than most think

Washington, D.C. — one of the most visited cities in the world — oozes a sense of superiority and power. How could it not?...