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In the grand scheme of national affairs, or even those of Alabama, the PTA meeting at Vaughn Road Elementary in Montgomery on Oct. 9 didn't make news of any sort. Fox News was not there, nor even a local TV station or newspaper reporter. Read more

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We haven’t heard much recently about funding shortfalls in Social Security and Medicaid although little has been done to shore up the essential government programs since the last round of warnings. Read more

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As I have pointed out on other occasions, through the years I gather stuff and save it just to see what it might or might not reveal about the condition and future of our great republic. Read more

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In my column about not meeting Harper Lee I suggested that if I had, one of the things we might have talked about was the odd boundary line between her county, Monroe, and mine, Clarke, down in South Alabama. Read more

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As we get down to the lick log in the 2018 June primary, there are few if any surprises in any of the major state races. Polling indicates that all of the contests are about where they were three or four months ago when the races began. Read more

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The Randolph County Voters List for 2018 is in this issue of The Leader. As the largest list in recent years, it may reflect an increased interest in voting since there has not been a substantial population increase. The voters list is important to potential voters for several reasons. Read more

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Folks, we are less than three weeks away from our June 5 primary. Besides the governor's race, all of our secondary constitutional races are on the ballot. Read more

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Last week we made you aware that five of the nine seats on our State Supreme Court are up for election this year. In addition, our Court of Civil Appeals and Criminal Appeals have several members up for election. Read more

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The legislature has approved four constitutional amendments for voters to decide on the November 2018 ballot.One amendment provides that any legislative seat becoming vacant after October 1 of the year before a regu-lar election will remain vacant.Another makes changes in the University of A… Read more

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The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) studies issues affecting the state and issues periodic reports. The latest one released last week looks at Alabama’s slow population growth when compared with other states. Major reasons are Alabama’s high death rate and low rate of inte… Read more

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When talk turns to politics in Alabama, it usually leads to the governor's race. In Alabama politics the governor's office is the brass ring. It is talked about more than anything else around coffee clubs and kitchen tables from Sand Mountain to the Wiregrass. It is comparable to college foo… Read more

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey last week created a council to study school safety. She said it should consider all ideas, including securing schools, intervening with students who are identified as posing risks of violence, and updating and standardizing emergency operation plans for schools. She ask… Read more

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The latest go-to place to go on the Florida Panhandle is Scenic Highway 30-A. Right in the middle of what tourist development branders have branded "The Emerald Coast," resorts along this stretch of road attract thousands of visitors each year. It was there, on that road, that the Redneck Ri… Read more

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In addition to being the final week of Standard Time (Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, so remember to set your watches and clocks ahead by one hour Saturday night) this week, March 4-10, is National Consumer Protection Week. Read more

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As the June primaries for our statewide races get closer, there is a lot of media attention and stories being written about the power being wielded by special interests, PACs and big money. They focus on the large amount of cash and influence being bet on the candidates for governor and the … Read more

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I have written about the legendary capitol reporters who once covered Goat Hill. There was Bob Ingram of the Montgomery Advertiser, Al Fox of the Birmingham News, Hugh Sparrow of the Birmingham News, Rex Thomas of the Associated Press, Don Martin of UPI and Clarke Stallworth of the Birmingha… Read more

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Alabama House Bill 47 would raise the age from 19 to 21 for anyone in Alabama looking to purchase, use, or possess tobacco products in Alabama. This proposed legislation includes any tobacco, tobacco product or alternative nicotine product. Read more

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Rarely have as many different emergency situations erupted at once in our small town. With three separate fires and an attempted bank burglary and arson occur­ring simultaneously in the early hours of Saturday, there naturally is suspicion that all are related, the fires per­haps an attempt … Read more

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As the 2018 state elections begin, let's take one last look at the 2017 special election to fill the remaining three years of Jeff Sessions' six-year term which, by the way, comes up in two years in 2020. Read more

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When Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. traveled to Germany in 1993 to convince Mercedes-Benz officials to locate their first U.S. automobile plant in Alabama, he was criticized in many quarters for providing so many financial incentives to the company. His efforts paid off, though, and Mercedes officials … Read more