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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Awhile back, during Dr. Robert Bentley's tenure as governor, I wrote a column titled, "They May as Well Move the Capitol to Tuscaloosa." Never before in Alabama history has a city had a sitting governor and the state's senior U.S. senator hail from that particular place. Even with the depart… Read more

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Roy Blount, Jr. (the funniest man alive) in Roy Blount's Book of Southern Humor (the funniest book ever put together) tells a story he got from Loyal Jones. (Stealing is OK as long as you give credit to the one you stole it from, which, you will note, is what I am doing right here.) It goes … Read more

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In a complaint filed Friday in the circuit court of Hale County against 49 Alabama sheriffs, the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice are seeking information about how much each sheriff has personally profited by taking money int… Read more

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With the Christmas scams behind us we usually have until the heart of tax-filing season when the next major push comes to fraudulently separate us from our money. That takes the form of scammers pretending to be the IRS, and these scams are starting earlier each year. Read more

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As some of you gentle readers might know, a few years back I wrote a book titled The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera. It is an account of what happened along the coast, from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach, in the years between the end of World War II and now. In it I chronicle a cl… Read more

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We still have the culmination of the race for the seat of Jeff Sessions set to be determined in less than five weeks on December 12. Roy Moore, as the Republican nominee, is the favorite. However, the Democrat Doug Jones could make it a closer race than first thought. He has raised some mone… Read more

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With all the changes and uncertainty surrounding Alabama government in recent months, including political appointments, high level resignations, special elections, runoff elections and a host of new candidates tossing their names into the 2018 election circus, Read more

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There have been quite a few political happenings in the Heart of Dixie during October. Birmingham has elected a new mayor. Randall Woodfin defeated two-term mayor William Bell. Read more

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Following by a week Koch Foods’ announcement that it will build a $4.45-million feed mill in Roanoke comes the announcement that the county will receive $1.1 million from the state to pay for industrial access roads to the new feed mill and to Wadley Crushed Stone. Read more

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Having limited access to Alabama television stations has long been a complaint of Randolph County residents. The reason is the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) designated market area (DMA) system, which deems Randolph County to be part of the Atlanta DMA and, with few exceptions, … Read more

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The weather conditions that created Hurricane Harvey and led to widespread flooding in Texas have resulted in what has been called a 1,000-year flood. This is expected to be the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history, exceeding the total economic impact of Katrina and Sandy combined. Read more

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From time to time folks ask me where I come up with this stuff? Now they might really be asking why a grown man with degrees from two Southeastern Conference Universities can't find something more productive to do with his time. Matriculation at those fine institutions might have something t… Read more

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You know the results of Tuesday's primaries for our U.S. Senate seat. I had to go to press before the vote. However, the assumption was that there would be a runoff in the Republican primary. It is safe to say that the winner of that runoff on September 26 will be elected as our next junior … Read more

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Folks we are getting down to the proverbial lick log in the much-anticipated vote for the open U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. After 20 years in the U.S. Senate as our junior U.S. senator, Sessions left to become Donald Trump's attorney general. He probably regrets this decision. Read more

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There is a proven theory espoused by political scholars that has prevailed in southern political history for decades. The premier political scholar, Dr. V.O. Key, first illustrated this repetitious theme that has weaved its way through the southern electorate. He called it "Friends and Neigh… Read more

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The race for our open U.S. Senate seat is evolving. Folks, we are in a brief 33-day sprint to the primary on August 15. The winner of the Republican primary will be our next junior U.S. senator. The December 12 general election will be a coronation for the Republican. The eight Democratic ca… Read more

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One only has to pick up a copy of The Randolph Leader on nearly any week to realize we have a problem with illegal methamphetamine here--use, manufacture and sale. Read more

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In Alabama politics many times appointments to political offices filled by an acting governor have an adverse effect on that appointee if and when they seek election to that office for a full term. Every time George Wallace appointed someone to a political post, even in the prime of his popu… Read more

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The much-anticipated 2018 election contests have been pushed back by about three months due to the unanticipated race for Jeff Sessions' senate seat. This ongoing contest will occupy the news through late September. Read more

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Those of us who follow Alabama politics had circled June 6, 2017 as the beginning of the 2018 governor's race. However, we did not foresee Donald Trump's election as president in November and the subsequent appointment of our U.S. Senator, Jeff Sessions, as his attorney general, thus, openin… Read more

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During the presidential campaign, Southern Evangelical Christians were much in the news. Then, once their candidates were elected, they seemed to fall silent. This caught me by surprise, for a "wait and see" attitude is not their usual posture. Read more

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Since we are in the midst of an election for a U.S. senator, let me share the story of one of the most famous congressional families in Alabama history. The Bankheads of Jasper would likely be the most prominent political family in Alabama political lore. More than likely there has never bee… Read more

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Alabama continues to struggle to find a way to humanely house its inmates, whose numbers strain the inadequate correctional facilties available. How to pay for new prisons is a question that continues to vex our legislature. Read more

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed by one vote an amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Read more

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Read the other day about Steve Gough, a 44-year old truck driver, who is walking the entire length of Britain, from Land's End in the south to John o'Groats in the north, wearing nothing but "a floppy olive-green hat, brown hiking boots and navy blue socks." 847 miles. Read more

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Well, folks, let's put the final coup de grace to the Robert Bentley six-year governor's reign and move on. Ole Bentley was quite a story his last two years. He had become the ringleader of a circus and an infamous national cartoon character. The salacious and lurid details of his affair wit… Read more

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Alabama will celebrate its 200th anniversary as a state in 2019. The Alabama territory was created from the Mississippi Territory in 1817. It became the nation’s 22nd state on December 14, 1819. Read more