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Over the past four years during my travels and speaking events over the state, the most asked question posed to me has been, “Why in the world is Mike Hubbard not in jail?”

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“I’m tired, boss. Tired of people being ugly to each other. I’m tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There’s too much of it. It’s like pieces of glass in my head all the time.” - John Coffey, “The Green Mile”

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Last week I wrote about a trip out west we had planned. If you read the entire column, you know we canceled our plans. We would be there now, and I’m still disappointed, but thankful to have steered clear of Ms. Corona. I don’t know when, but one day we’ll make that trip. Hey, I’ll keep my n…

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The legendary Speaker of the U.S. House, Sam Rayburn, coined a famous phrase he used often and imparted to young congressmen when they would arrive on Capitol Hill full of vim and vigor. He would sit down with them and invite them to have a bourbon and branch water with him. The old gentlema…

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Thank you, Phyllis George. Thank you for lighting the way for female sports broadcasters. Thank you for making the entire state of Kentucky feel better about itself. And thank you for that special moment we shared when I was a dork in college.

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For about the last six months, I have dreamed about a long trip out west. I love the west. I have actually done more than dream about it, I have planned it. Next week our departure time will finally arrive. The reservations have all been made and paid. I have mapped out our day-by-day itiner…

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We learned midweek that Fort Payne High School would be having an in-person graduation commencement ceremony after all. This seemed unlikely just a week ago as we remained on lock-down to contain the community spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus. But then Gov. Kay Ivey said “Open ‘er up” an…

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The legislature meets in regular session every year for three-and-a-half months. However, an extraordinary special session can be called by the governor if he/she deems there is a dire emergency in the state government that needs addressing. This provision in the Constitution gives the gover…

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The coronavirus has given us far more time at home than some know how to handle. If you are a homebody, you have been one happy camper lately...but you’ve camped at home. If you are a social butterfly, you have been forced to land. You may have even felt like you had crawled back into your c…

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Ronald Reagan had many quotable moments, but perhaps my favorite was “Trust but verify.”

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Yes, I know that the original idiom used a ten-foot pole, but in our coronavirus pandemic days we’ve shortened the pole. A ten-foot pole will certainly work for us, but six feet is all that is required... especially if you wear a mask. Now that I think about it, people running around wearing…

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Last week I discussed Alabama’s outstanding leaders in the political arena. This week allow me to share with you some of the state’s leaders under 45 who are shaping and molding our state from outside the actual pit of the political arena.

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Two days ago, DeKalb County residents and their fellow Alabamians were “liberated” from the public health order that told us to stay home, except to meet basic needs, in an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. For the next 14 days, we are part of an experiment to see…

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There are some visitors whom we are always delighted to see coming. We wish they would come more often and stay longer. We are sad when they leave and sometimes even brought to tears.

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Despite the ongoing darkness of these days, I see glimmers of hope and inspiration.

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Many of you have lamented to me that it appears that all or most of our state political leaders are older folks. On first glance, that appears to be true. However, on a deeper observation we have some extremely talented younger stars on the horizon. In fact, they are already in the ring and …

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As you well know, we are experiencing something these days that we never imagined or would have believed a couple of months ago. The coronavirus took most of us by surprise and the world by storm. In only a few weeks this plague has changed our lives and lifestyles.

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I have often said there are so many hours in a day. During these stay-at-home days, I seem to have many more than I used to have. One good thing about all this extra time is that I’ve been able to catch up on some things. One of those things has been my yard work. My yard looks better than i…

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The rain spilling out of Big Wills Creek on Monday was an apt metaphor for the absolutely insane year we’re experiencing. Without regard for the structures added by humans, the flood water imposed its will on the terrain, adding insult to injury. Restaurants that had already closed their din…

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Some are ready to declare victory against COVID-19 just because the mass fatalities so far have mostly happened in big cities and, as Gov. Kay Ivey recently said, “We aren’t California. We are not New York.”

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How many times since we have been in these stay-at-home days have you asked, “What day is this?” I’ve heard those who are retired talk about life being that way for them. Speaking of retirement, some who are nearing retirement time will go ahead and sign up after this, while this may cause o…

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Allow me to share some observations from the year thus far. First of all, I have never seen anything like the coronavirus shutdown of the country. Hopefully, it is a once in a lifetime disaster.

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This time last year, Jean and I were in Italy. As beautiful as that country is, and as good as their food tasted, I’m sure glad I’m not there now. As you most likely know, Italy had been one of the countries hit hardest by coronavirus. According to The New York Times, the United States now l…

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There’s an epidemic going around, and it’s not just the one attacking respiratory systems. No, I’m referring to an outbreak of stupidity and/or stubbornness.

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When you look at your community newspaper, you’re looking at things that directly impact you on a local, next door level.

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The GOP contest for who sits in our number two U.S. Senate seat has been delated until July 14, 2020 due to the coronavirus. The winner of the battle between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville will more than likely be our junior US. Senator for six years.

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I can remember a time when I dreaded sundown. I was a kid afraid of the dark and the monsters that lived under my bed. Eventually, I realized the monsters were not under my bed but in my head. As an adult, I remember an incident that scared me beyond terrification. (No, it’s a good word; I d…

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The COVID-19 disease is no longer an abstract thing affecting other people in other places. Those numbers represent human beings. It’s here, now, like a hurricane roaring upon the shore. Are we ready?

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When I was in Mrs. Slaughter’s first grade class, I had mumps. I didn’t know I had mumps, I just knew I didn’t feel so well and I had a lump on one side of my neck. Mama diagnosed the lump as mumps. I don’t remember which side was first, but I only had it in one side. The next Monday morning…

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We have a great race for the U.S. Senate. When the votes from the first primary were counted Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville were in a virtual tie at 32% and 33%, respectively.

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In a few weeks I’m going to Kentucky to see the ark. I may need some of you to go help me. If we are still getting rain then like we have so far this year, we’re going to need a bigger boat. I think I’m going to ask if I can bring the ark back with me to Alabama. We will need a big truck and…

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Allow me to share some thoughts and analysis on the March 3rd Primary results.

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It’s hard to get a solid grasp of just how concerned we should be about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. On the one hand, officials tell us not to worry, that it’s just like catching the flu we already struggle to avoid each year. But then we hear stories about how transmittable it is and ho…

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My grandson Drew and I hiked across grass and dirt until we came to a paved street. Drew is ten and I have been. In fact, I have been ten multiple times. Our dogs Ginger (sixty-five) and Cocoa (fifteen) led the way on our adventure. Eventually, we came to the end of the road. The pavement ra…

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Our 1901 Alabama Constitution has been rightfully criticized as being archaic. However, it was simply a reflection of the times. The authors and crafters of our document were well educated gentry. Therefore they appreciated and realized the importance of having a prized capstone university.

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Folks, our primaries are next week! On the Democratic side, the Presidential Preference Primary will be the big show and will be interesting to watch. On the right, the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate Seat will be the marquee event.

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I’m sitting in my truck, at a railroad crossing, waiting for a train to pass. It has been passing for a while, so I’ve been waiting for a while. I’m running late, so naturally the train is running slowly. “Running” may not even be the right word. I can’t recall if two Christmases have passed…

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This year is an election year, but then, unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere on Spitsbergen Island, you knew that. What? You’ve never heard of Spitsbergen Island? Well, I’ve never been there, but I promise I did not make it up. Even if you’ve been on Spitsbergen Island, you may …

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Over the course of history, the second congressional district has been referred to and considered a Montgomery congressional district because the Capital City has comprised the bulk of the population. In recent years a good many Montgomerians have migrated to the suburban counties of Autauga…