September 21, 2022 – Board of Education

School board members are some of the most selfless public servants in Alabama. This accolade goes to the Alabama State Board of Education, and more…


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September 14, 2022 – The Decibel Level Story

Those of us who served a long time in the legislature have a lot of stories.  I served 16 years from 1982 to 1998 from my home county of Pike.  I…


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September 7, 2022 – Buck’s Pocket

For decades, losing political candidates in Alabama have been exiled to “Buck’s Pocket.” It is uncertain when or how the colloquialism began, but…


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August 31, 2022 – Alabama is a Big Front Porch

This is the final version of a three week series of stories that illustrate that Alabama is a Big Front Porch. James E. “Big Jim” Folsom was one of…


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August 24, 2022 – Special Alabamians

Under the title “Alabama is a Big Front Porch,” made famous by the legendary Alabama storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Wyndham, I will continue to share…


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August 17, 2022 – Legendary Alabamians

The longer I continue to write about Alabama politics, the more I realize that Alabama really is a “Big Front Porch” – a saying made famous by our…


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August 10, 2022 – Jim Oakley

A legend in Alabama newspaper, educational, and political lore, Jim Oakley of Centreville, turned 87 last month. Jim is known statewide as the…


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August 3, 2022 – Big Jim’s Show in 1962 Governor’s Race

The 1962 Governor’s Race was between George Wallace, James “Big Jim” Folsom, and newcomer Ryan DeGraffenreid, a state senator from Tuscaloosa.…


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July 27, 2022 – 1962 Governor’s Race

It is hard to believe it has been 60 years since George Wallace’s first victorious race for governor. Let’s go down memory lane and reminisce about…


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July 20, 2022 – State Legislature will Remain Super Majority Republican

The Alabama Legislature will remain super majority Republican for the next quadrennium. As the dust settles from the May/June party primaries, there…


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