Month: June 2014

J. Pepper Bryars: Why immigration reform has lost my support

Undocumented children sleep at a holding center after crossing the border from Mexico. (AP) There was a time when I would have listened to the arguments from the Alabama Coalition for Immigration Justice, the group behind a hunger strike in Birmingham to bring attention to what it calls a "broken…

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Alabama’s Republican Party continues tapping a well of conservatism

The disparity between the number of Alabamians voting in the Republican and Democrat primaries earlier this month was almost as remarkable as the relative yawn such news evoked. Nearly five voters asked for Republican ballots across the state for every two who requested the Democrat sheet. Five to two, in…

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Dark money is here to stay in Alabama’s Republican primary: What else can the AEA do?

"Did I vote for the right people?" I asked my four-year old daughter that question last week as we sat inside a sanctuary-turned-polling station in Madison County. I showed her the ballot as her two-year old sister ran around the room impatiently waiting on us to finish "coloring" the paper.…

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VA’s problems are endemic to all government-run healthcare systems

My experience with the medical care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs was brief, minor and quite positive, but the system should still be completely overhauled. I learned about the VA first-hand after a car accident in my early 20s. I had just finished my afternoon shift as an…

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