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It’s me again. How have you been? How is the family? Hope you had a good holiday season and that you didn’t have to smite too many people who drove too slow in the left lane. Give Moses my best.

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The 2022 annual regular session of the legislature has begun. It began Jan. 11 and constitutionally can last three and one-half months, which would have it ending at the end of April.

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Democrats control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, but they still are unable to pass their unpopular agenda through the legislative. 

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I’ll call her Melinda. Melinda is 77 years young, the mother of two. She is your typical American grandma.

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This year’s midterm congressional elections will be the political story of the year in American politics. The U.S. House of Representatives will be in play big time. Whichever party has the majority has all the power.

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The day before New Year’s Eve. I was stuck in Birmingham rush hour. A ten-mile line of standstill traffic stretched before me. It looked like I wouldn’t be getting home until sometime around the next papal installation.

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I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas!

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It was the night after Christmas, and Birmingham was quiet. I was on a walk through a neighborhood, watching street lights wink on at dusk.

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As has been my custom for 18 years, I like for my year end column to be a remembrance of Alabama political figures who have passed away during the year.

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Supporting American men and women in uniform is one of the most important responsibilities of Congress, and passing the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is one of our primary tools. 

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Legendary state senator Jimmy Holley has decided to not seek reelection to the State Senate next year after 44 years in the legislature. He will be missed in the State Senate.

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What can I say about South Dale Ems?

As a new person to the community, I wanted to feel the place out. Some places are cold and feeling of not a warm welcoming. But I was wrong about this place.

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The year 2022 was anticipated to be an exciting competitive election year. However, it is going to be a yawn of a political year. If you thought there was no competition for the constitutional offices and the House of Representatives’ seats in next year’s elections, then you have not seen anything like the lack of turnover in the Alabama State Senate.

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I was 11. I was invited to try out for the Christmas community choir. A lady visited our church to conduct the auditions.

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Our great country was founded on the idea that freedom leads to prosperity — the American dream. This country gives you the opportunity to live the life you dream because with hard work, anything is possible.

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My neighborhood Gateway Estates has a 25 MPH maximum speed limit, yet I have tracked people driving over 59 MPH on my street, over 50 percent of traffic does not heed the 25 MPH maximum limit, 

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Each Nov. 11, Americans come together to honor our nation’s heroes. This year, I had the honor of speaking at Veterans Day events in Prattville and Wetumpka to thank our many veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. 

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Private Billy Gustavson was sitting on his M1 combat helmet, watching the moon over Italy with a Lucky Strike hanging from the corner of his mouth. Thanksgiving was on its way.

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The latest debate over the now-endemic of COVID is whether or not to inject children as young as 5 years old (while the FDA is now looking for parents to volunteer their infants to be injected.) 

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Believe it or not, we are six months away from the 2022 elections. All statewide offices will be decided in the May 24, 2022 Republican Primary. Winning the Republican Primary is tantamount to election in the Heart of Dixie.

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I receive a lot of questions in the form of emails, private messages, and glacially slow federal mail. There is no way I could answer all these questions, so I have compiled some commonly asked questions into the popular Q-and-A format and answered them here.

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Governor John Patterson, who passed away earlier this year at 99, shared a funny story that occurred during the opening days of his administration.

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On Sept. 9, President Joe Biden issued a wide-ranging COVID-19 vaccination mandate that requires all federal employees, contractors, and private sector workers at businesses employing more than 100 people to be fully vaccinated.

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Right now I am watching “The Andy Griffith Show” on TV. This episode is one of my favorites. Barney joins the choir, but his singing voice is godawful.

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More than 45 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus. 730,000 sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers never recovered. As the pandemic drags on, America needs a long-term game plan to deal with COVID and any new variants. 

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I am sitting on the porch, eating a bowl of Cheerios, trying to think of something to write about. Almost every morning I combat writer’s block with a bowl of Cheerios.

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On his first day in office, President Biden cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline – and the 11,000 American jobs that came with it. Apparently, pipelines – which every American depends on and will for the foreseeable future – are bad to Biden. Yet one of his foreign policy priorities has been greasing the wheels for Russia to build a pipeline of its own.

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Americans across the country are alarmed at actions the Department of Justice is taking to silence parents with legitimate concerns about the education of their children. 

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Dear Sean:

How do you go about writing one of your stories? What is your process like?

Love,

TWENTY-FOUR-AND-WANT-TO-WRITE

Dear Twenty-Four:

There are many people who can tell you more about the writing process than I can. But I’ll tell you how I do it.

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Every 10 years the nation has a census count. There is a reason for that dissemination of our population. The United States and concurrently the Alabama Constitution require a census to determine how many Congressional seats each state will have. 

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It’s morning in Alabama. I’m driving. There is green everywhere. Live oaks that are old enough to predate the Stone Age. Tin sheds. Peanut fields with perfect rows that run for miles in straight lines.

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During the Great Depression and coming out of World War II, the Deep South had immense power in Washington. We were fortunate to have a cadre of Southern senators, who were seniority laden and knew how to bring home the bacon. 

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It is raining. It has rained all day. My wife is making chicken soup because soup goes with rainy weather.