Month: March 2014

Whether from the left or right, banning books is a bad idea (Opinion from J. Pepper Bryars)

Liberals recently launched a Twitter war demanding that the Children's Book Council remove a book from consideration for its most prestigious honor – the Children's Choice Book Award. The tirade of tweets called the author a "bigot," the book "terrible," and expressed disbelief that it was a finalist.  The offending…

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Alabama may be a conservative battleground in the 2016 presidential primaries

Alabama hasn't been a presidential battleground in decades. Republicans have carried the state since 1980 and most indicators show it's either the most conservative state or a very close second. So we're not going to see Hillary Clinton campaigning here anytime soon. But we'll see everyone else. The Republican National…

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Rand Paul hopes to guide “liberty lovers” into the conservative movement (Opinion by J. Pepper Bryars)

File photo of presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Rand Paul is a man on a mission. The senator from Kentucky hopes to energize the conservative movement by spreading a libertarian-themed message throughout its grassroots. "It isn't a message of the haves and the have-nots, the rich versus the poor,"…

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Pro-life lawmakers are a heartbeat away from ending abortion in Alabama (Opinion by J. Pepper Bryars)

Abortion rights supporters are worried that Alabama could soon tie North Dakota for having the toughest abortion restrictions in the nation thanks to a group of bills moving through the state legislature. “Alabama GOP advances multiple extremist anti-abortion bills,” read a headline in the far-left Daily Kos blog, and another…

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Education lotteries redistribute wealth from the poor to the rich (Opinion from J. Pepper Bryars)

A clerk prepares to operate a lottery machine to print out Mega Millions lottery tickets for a customer in Indiana last year. (AP file) Imagine if Alabama's lawmakers introduced a fee that would be collected from mostly everyone, but disproportionally from the poor, and used it to fund college scholarships…

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