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  • Trump Ballots: Primary Corruption & General Collusion

    John Sophocleus|Mar 1, 2024

    Reporting on Trump’s ballot access in States like Colorado and Maine prompted one loyal reader to recall a long past Gazette column about ineligible candidates on Alabama ballots; https://www.alabamagazette.com/story/2018/06/01/news/state-school-board-races-worthy-inquiry-to-secretary-merrill/1376.html. No shortage of disagreement on what constitutes ‘insurrection’ in these current State cases w.r.t. ballot access for Mr. Trump. Ineligible candidates Alabama’s Secretary of State (John Merrill in...

  • The Invasion of the Destitutes

    John Martin|Mar 1, 2024

    Right now, America is suffering from the greatest invasion of foreigners in its entire history. Our borders are now so porous, they are utterly ineffective in keeping out many of the world’s most dangerous people. Just this past year, some three million migrants—nearly all of them penniless, destitute peasants—have poured across our southern border, overwhelming our barricades and security forces. An estimated 30 million more are still waiting in Mexico for their turns to assault it and take...

  • The Northern Origins of Jim Crow

    John M Taylor|Mar 1, 2024

    The late Paul Harvey famously said: “Now, for the rest of the story.” “Jim Crow” is a classic example of an incomplete story. Establishment media incessantly blames the South for everything considered “historically bad.” Some modern TV shows and movies will make a sane person want to heave. In reality, when all racial and ethnic groups were in close proximity, segregation was essentially a non-issue in the Old South. Segregation was actually born in the North. Jack Trotter contends that everyo...

  • Tears & Laughter: Don't get cute with me

    Amanda Walker|Mar 1, 2024

    Granddaughter Lauren recently competed for the title of Future Miss Abbeville Christian at Abbeville Christian Academy where she is enrolled in the Pre-K program. Her mother is a teacher. She was wearing a lovely dress, sporting her pageant smile, and walking the walk she had practiced walking. Earlier in the afternoon she’d had her had done by a woman in town. Everybody told her she was pretty. She stood confident before an auditorium of parents and obligated grandparents and when asked what s...

  • "Finding Balance"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Mar 1, 2024

    A while back, I was listening to a Podcast and one of the speakers referred to the word “ego” as an anacronym. E-G-O….Edging God Out. For me, and maybe for some of you, this is idea or concept is thought provoking, to say the least. There’s a story in Greek mythology about a young man named Narcissus. He was a very handsome young man and he knew it. One day he saw his reflection in a stream and he became enamored with the image of himself. He couldn’t pull himself away; he stared into the strea...

  • The Emerging Leadership of John Hancock

    Justice Will Sellers, Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court|Mar 1, 2024

    On March 5, 1774 - 250 years ago this month - John Hancock cemented his legacy as a leader of colonial resistance to British rule when he delivered his “Boston Massacre Oration” on the fourth anniversary of the murder of civilian colonists by British troops. The tragic event was a touchstone of resistance to royal subjugation of the American colonies. While it was one thing to have British troops protecting the colonists and fending off the territorial ambitions of the French, stationing tro...

  • Leading Political Pro-Life Group Launches Six-Figure Ad Buy Ahead of Biden's SOTU Speech

    Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America|Mar 1, 2024

    Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America launched a six-figure TV and digital ad campaign ahead of President Joe Biden's State of the Union address. They secured 18 spots in the DC market across CNN and Fox News with 30-second and 60-second ads. These ads ask a simple question: Who cares more for pregnant moms – a failing president and his political party, or the nationwide pro-life community that offers on-the-ground financial and physical sup...

  • Senator Katie Britt Delivers Republican Address to the Nation

    Senator Katie Boyd Britt, R-Alabama|Mar 1, 2024

    Senator Katie Britt Delivers Republican Address to the Nation MONTGOMERY, ALA., March 7, 2024 – Senator Katie Britt (R-Ala.) today delivered the Republican Address to the Nation in response to President Biden's State of the Union Address. Her remarks as prepared are as follows: "Good evening, America. My name is Katie Britt, and I have the honor of serving the people of the great state of Alabama in the United States Senate. However, that's not the job that matters most. I'm a proud wife and m...

  • Katie Britt a Brilliant Choice

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Mar 1, 2024

    In the grand stage of American politics, where politicians come and go, few currently shine as bright as our own Senator Katie Britt. Her selection to deliver the Republican Response to President Biden’s State of the Union address is not merely just another speech opportunity, it’s a masterstroke of political acumen and foresight. Senator Britt, a beacon of conservative values and unwavering dedication, embodies the very essence of what it means to be a Republican in these tumultuous times. Born...

  • Few Surprises in March 5th Primary Results

    Steve Flowers|Mar 1, 2024

    There were very few surprises in our March 5 primary results. Since we are essentially a one-party Republican state when it comes to presidential, national, and statewide politics, most of the action was in the GOP Primary. The big winners were Donald Trump, Barry Moore and Sarah Stewart. As expected, Donald Trump trounced all his GOP “would be” challengers in the Heart of Dixie. The former president received 84% of the vote in our Alabama Primary and will probably win our state by around a 63%...

  • Welcome Brandon

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Mar 1, 2024

    Let me welcome Brandon Moseley to the Capital City’s own Alabama Gazette. Brandon is a veteran political journalist. He brings to the table a wealth of experience and a track record of balanced reporting. His credentials speak volumes, with a distinguished career that has spanned various facets of media and political journalism, earning him the title of the most recognizable name in Alabama political reporting. Moseley's ability to dissect complex political narratives and present them in an a...

  • A Time to Unify

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Mar 1, 2024

    As we celebrate the significant milestone of President Trump once again securing the Republican Presidential Nomination it's imperative that we, as leaders and stewards of Republican values, take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of this victory and the path that lies ahead. We may have supported other candidates in the process of selecting Donald J Trump as our nominee, but the people have spoken. This victory is more than a primary win. It must serve as a beacon that guides us towards...

  • Bully Biden Threatens Our Democracy

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Mar 1, 2024

    In the words of Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Recently this poignant reminder echoed through the halls of Congress in light of President Joe Biden’s threats at the 2024 State of the Union address aimed at the Supreme Court and its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson. He threatened, “Women are not without electoral, electoral power — excuse me — electoral or political power. You’re about to realize just how much you’re right about that,” during h...

  • Easter message

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Mar 1, 2024

    During this Easter season, as we gather with friends and family let our hearts be full of gratitude as we remember the ultimate sacrifice and the triumphant resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We must make this Easter a time of reflection, renewal, and rejoicing, for it marks the moment when our greatest fear, death itself was vanquished, giving us eternal hope and life. As we celebrate this sacred day, let us also remember the values that have sculpted our great nation. America...

  • Is Ethics Legislation What the Public Wants?

    Steve Marshall, Alabama Attorney General|Mar 1, 2024

    Pending Legislation Would Decriminalize Provisions of the Ethics Law Today, the Alabama House of Representatives will debate the latest attempted rewrite of our current ethics laws. I am strongly opposed to this legislation. It is important to me that the members of the legislature and the general public understand why. This bill decriminalizes an array of ethics offenses, rendering them subject to civil, not criminal, penalties imposed by the Ethics Commission. Current law already provides for...

  • Ensuring Accountability and Effective Management in Medicaid

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Mar 1, 2024

    The Alabama legislature is currently considering expanding Medicaid. This has been a hot topic for debate since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare in March of 2010. Currently various reports suggest that Medicaid expansion is needed for the continued viability of many of Alabama’s hospitals and health care providers and the health of Alabamians who rely on the program for their health care needs. While I applaud those who care for those with great need, we m...

  • Alabama Ethics Laws Cripple Researchers, Universities

    Dr. Sanjay Singh|Mar 1, 2024

    I immigrated to the United States from India in 1985 as a college dropout without a penny to my name. I was just a kid, far away from home, who wasn't sure what direction my life would take, or what my prospects living in this new country would be. That's a scary thing for a young, homesick man who was not used to living in a place with limitless opportunity. But that all changed. This country gave me the greatest gift in the world, the gift of the American Dream. Through hard work, dedication,...

  • 2024 Legislative Session Begins Next Week

    Steve Flowers|Feb 1, 2024

    The 2024 Legislative Session begins next week. It will be difficult to replicate the success of last year’s regular session. The 2023 year was a premier year for any first year of a quadrennium. Indeed, it may be one of the most momentous in state history. It was historic because of the vast amount of money available to be appropriated. When asked what grade I would give the legislative session at its conclusion, I gave it the highest I have ever given: B+. It would have gotten an A, but l...

  • Bits and Pieces #18

    Robert Tate|Feb 1, 2024

    As usual, there always seems to be a lot going on in the world. So this week I bring to you my not-so-world-famous “Bits and Pieces; version 18.” 1. The Border (Again): Several columns back, I wrote about our southern border. And in that time, it has not gotten any better; only worse. It is sickening to watch and from my perspective, the true human tragedy is not necessarily the plight of the illegal immigrants, sad as it is on a personal level, but rather what is becoming of this country. It...

  • Lessons from the Death of a Tyrant

    Justice Will Sellers|Feb 1, 2024

    One hundred years ago, Vladimir Lenin died. Lenin was an unlikely revolutionary. His story was not one of meager beginnings or social depravation. Rather, he came from a family of means that had little connection with the proletariat he came to champion. He was well educated, attended college, and became a lawyer. But, during his “education,” he was radicalized when exposed to Marxism and embraced its view of 19th century revisionist history. Throwing facts aside, the history lessons he acc...

  • Sons of the American Revolution Honor Revolutionary War Soldier John Archer Elmore

    James Dotherow|Feb 1, 2024

    The General John Archer Elmore Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honors our Revolutionary War patriot ancestors by promoting patriotism, serving our communities, and educating and inspiring future generations about the founding principles of our country. In conjunction with the upcoming 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, we honor soldiers of the American Revolution buried in the River Region of Central Alabama. Although Alabama was not in existence at the time of...

  • Are there any things to consider for my elderly parents in exploitation by criminals?

    Ron Holtsford|Feb 1, 2024

    Criminals that would exploit the elderly are heartless subhumans. Elderly individuals that may be suffering mild dementia, are lonely, have trouble diserning nefarious schemes and have only sporadic support from family may be especially prone to exploitation. To make it worse they are now generally reliant on life savings, investments and social security to live. That could be a huge chunk of money that could be ripe for picking. My own parents received a telephone call several years before...

  • WAS THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY AN INCOMPETENT GENERAL?

    Col. John Eidsmoe|Feb 1, 2024

    “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.” So said General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, speaking the eulogy of our first President whose birthday we celebrate this month. But recent polls suggest that many Americans hardly know who George Washington was, when he lived, or what he accomplished. Some even challenge his military skills, saying he was at best a mediocre tactician, lost more battles than he won, almost lost the war, and at one point was almost removed as...

  • Happy Birthday My Beautiful Bride: A Valentine's Day Baby!

    John Sophocleus|Feb 1, 2024

    A ‘Valentine’ themed column was requested for the February Gazette… I thought, Lord help this poor wordsmith - esp. when writing from the heart. Once again, help provided via Scriptures. I believe God answers all sincere prayers - sometimes the answer is no. Seems there’s no fool like an old fool for Christ; a moniker more obvious as my life comes to a close. Oldsters seem reluctant to share ‘University of Hard-Knocks’ education with others who may benefit, in particular our posterity w...

  • "Let the people vote!' is the pinnacle of deception.

    John W. Giles|Feb 1, 2024

    When the Alabama Legislature was feverishly pushing the gas tax hike, did you ever hear a legislator say, “Let the People Vote?” Or how about this one: “I am personally prolife, but I believe a woman has a right to choose”? The latest use of this ever-popular legislative phrase is, “I am personally opposed to the expansion of casino gambling, but let the people vote.” The phrase, “Let the People Vote,” has been in Alabama since the last lottery vote miserably failed years ago. Given that gamb...

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