Month: November 2013

My Newspaper Column

Last summer I was offered the exciting opportunity to write a weekly opinion column for a major newspaper chain that serves more than 900,000 weekly readers of The Birmingham News, The Mobile Press-Register, The Huntsville Times and The Mississippi Press. The column is also posted on AL.com, which has more than 4.5 million unique monthly visitors.I’ve enjoyed writing about topics such as global warming, energy, abortion, health care, education, labor, party politics, and even the right to keep a few chickens in your backyard. They’re all posted here, and are accessible through the “Newspaper Column” tab above.The column is an interesting development in my career because writing conservative-leaning editorials was the reason I studied journalism and began working as a newspaper reporter in the first place. But I got a little sidetracked. I left the newspaper business after a couple of years on the general assignment beat and started working as a political aide in D.C. Fifteen-years later, after working in the political and government sectors here and internationally, I found myself mostly handling communication strategy and managing personnel – not much of a writer’s dream.I eventually made a few changes, returned to Alabama and started writing full-time again. I was thrilled when the newspaper chain unexpectedly offered me the opportunity to become a weekly columnist. They thought my conservative-leaning views would be an interesting addition to their opinion pages, which host several very talented and award-winning writers.I mainly write conservative-leaning views about issues facing Alabama, or national issues as seen…

Obama’s “Life of Julia” Ad

I'm currently writing a novel that is a dark parody of an Internet-based advertisement titled "The Life of Julia" that was released by President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in the spring of 2012. The ad included a series of illustrations showing how government programs would help a fictionalized woman named Julia — and how conservative ideas would harm her — during twelve key years in her life: when she was 3, 17, 18, 22, 23, 25, 27, 31, 37, 42, 65, and 67. The campaign has since removed the ad from its website, but here are the images it used:Take a look at how President Obama's policies help one woman over her lifetime — and how Mitt Romney would change her story. ----Under President Obama: Julia is enrolled in a Head Start program to help get her ready for school. Because of steps President Obama has taken to improve programs like this one, Julia joins thousands of students across the country who will start kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. Under Mitt Romney: The Romney/Ryan budget could cut programs like Head Start by 20%, meaning the program would offer 200,000 fewer slots per year.----Under President Obama: Julia takes the SAT and is on track to start college applications. Her high school is part of the Race to the Top program, implemented by President Obama. Their new college- and career-ready standards mean Julia can take the classes she needs to do well. Under Mitt Romney: The Romney/Ryan budget would cut funding…