Alabama Articles

College Football: The Committee Neglects Conference Champs

10:29 AM, Dec 09, 2015

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee's 4-team playoff field generated very little controversy this season, but the process—and the rankings that it yielded—raised two concerns for future seasons.

The first is the committee's lack of emphasis on conference championships, exhibited by its ranking of Iowa, which narrowly lost in the Big Ten Championship Game, ahead of Stanford, the Pac-12 champion. The committee ranked Iowa #5 and Stanford #6, thereby suggesting that if North Carolina had upset Clemson late Saturday night, the committee would have picked Iowa—not Stanford—for the last playoff spot.

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College Football Playoff: Which Teams Control Their Own Destiny?

9:19 AM, Nov 18, 2015

With just three weeks remaining in the best regular season in all of sports—a regular season whose greatness largely results from the smallness of the playoff field to follow—various teams’ prospects for making the 4-team College Football Playoff are starting to take shape.  Here’s a rundown of which teams control their own destiny, which need a little bit of help, and which need a lot of help but are still in the running for one of the four coveted slots.

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Alabama Governor: Syrian Refugees Can't Come to Alabama

7:23 AM, Nov 16, 2015

Alabama governor Robert Bentley is refusing to allow Syrian refugees to relocate to Alabama. 

“After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” Governor Bentley says in a statement released by his office.

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Jeb's Alabama Problem

Is Bush fully competing in the SEC primaries?
4:03 PM, Nov 09, 2015

Jeb Bush's campaign has long emphasized the importance of the 12 primary contests on March 1—nicknamed the "SEC primary" because several states have schools in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference.

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Alabama Is #4?

9:28 AM, Nov 04, 2015

For 16 years, the Bowl Championship Series focused fans’ and reporters’ attention on teams’ actual success in winning games against strong opponents.  Just over a year into the new Selection Committee era (in which 13 people determine which teams will be invited to a 4-team playoff), it’s clear that the sort of maddening and subjective evaluations that held sway during college football’s poll-dominated pre-BCS days are returning with a vengeance.  Actual accomplishments are taking a back seat to perceptions about what a team might be able to achieve going forward.

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LSU, Utah, and Michigan State Are #1, #2, and #3

The Spartans’ win deserves accolades, not an asterisk.
9:41 AM, Oct 19, 2015

On a crazy college football Saturday that saw Michigan State pull out about the most improbable win since Stanford’s band came onto the field against Cal 33 years ago, the LSU Tigers beat previously undefeated Florida and claimed the top spot in the Anderson & Hester Rankings.  In three weeks, the undefeated Tigers and star sophomore running back Leonard Fournette will travel to Tuscaloosa to play the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Donald Dominates in Dixie

Beats Bush in Florida; holds massive leads in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.
4:27 PM, Aug 05, 2015

A new OpinionSavvy/InsiderAdvantage poll shows Donald Trump doing better in the South than he is nationally. In Georgia, The Donald’s 30 percent is nearly double his closest competitor, Jeb Bush (17 percent), Ben Carson’s at 10 percent, and the rest of the field is single digits—or zero, as in the case of southern boy Lindsey Graham.

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To Throw a Fish

Notes on the FloraBama Mullet Toss.
1:35 PM, Apr 28, 2015

It was the biggest weekend of the spring, with people coming from all over to a little strip of beach known as “Perdido Key,” for a gathering known as the FloraBama Mullet Toss. It has been going on for three decades and every year it grows; it now claims to draw numbers in the “tens of thousands.” Hard to know if that is an exaggeration, but there is no denying the traffic along the beach highway or the multitude

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Gary Palmer Goes to Washington

A man of policies, ideas, and solutions.
Apr 06, 2015

In 1989, Gary Palmer founded the Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative think tank. By the time he resigned as its president last year, API had become a powerful force on state issues, everything from pensions to prison reform to politics. Palmer led the successful fight against a lottery—Alabama is among the few states without one—and organized the drive that defeated Republican governor Bob Riley’s bid for a whopping tax increase.

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Obama Promotes Policy With 'Conservative Folks' Reading Bible, Saying 'That Ain't RIght'

6:32 AM, Mar 30, 2015

During President Obama's tenure, religious Americans have been increasingly marginalized by an administration that can be intolerant or at least unaccomodating of beliefs that conflict with its policies, regulations, or legislative goals. Perhaps most notably, President Obama campaigned by expressing support for traditional marriage, more than once citing his Christianity as the basis for his position, a position he later "evolved" away from. This has not stopped the president, however, from invoking scripture in support of other items on his agenda.

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Four Is Enough

9:17 AM, Jan 06, 2015

While college football fans were riveted to the two playoff games on New Year’s Day (make that one-and-a-half playoff games, as the second half of the Rose Bowl was hardly must-see T.V.), some commentators could hardly wait to seize the moment to criticize the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), college football’s previous format for determining its national champion.

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The College Football Playoff Committee vs. the BCS

By 60 to 23 percent margin, fans said they would rather entrust the BCS than a committee.
6:04 PM, Dec 07, 2014

Most college football fans are happy that the sport has adopted a 4-team playoff.  The method of selecting those four teams, however, is another matter.  This past offseason, McLaughlin & Associates asked self-described college football fans this question:  “As you may know, college football will have a 4-team playoff starting next season.

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Who Cares Who’s Number One?

We need rivalries.
4:05 PM, Dec 03, 2014

A few hours before kickoff, my wife and daughter and I went to Gladys Knights place in Atlanta for the chicken and waffles (cant recommend the Midnight Special enough) and the room was full.  It seemed like every third table was occupied by people wearing crimson or orange.  When they caught the attention of someone in similar colors they would utter their war cry.  Roll Tide, of course, or War Eagle.

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Committee to Seminoles: Unbeaten Isn’t Good Enough

10:06 AM, Dec 03, 2014

For the past decade, the Bowl Championship Series unfailingly provided the matchup for college football’s national title game that reflected the public consensus.  (In the six years prior to that, the BCS’s record was spottier, but after 2003-04, its formula was wisely streamlined, and its subsequent results were impeccable.)  This year, that BCS selection process, which involved 167 polls voters and six compu

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Mighty Mississippi

9:55 AM, Oct 13, 2014

Half of this college football regular season (7 of 14 weeks) is now in the books, and neither of the two standout teams to date has won a conference championship, let alone a national championship, in the past half-century.  Each played in a bowl game in Tennessee last year (the Music City Bowl and Liberty Bowl, respectively), far away from the bright lights of Pasadena, New Orleans, or Dallas.  What’s more, the two are separated from each other by only 100 miles geographically and by only .001 in this week’s Anderson & Hester Rankings.  Despite their modest pedigrees and expectations, however, few college football fans would deny that #1 Mississippi (6-0, with wins over #7 Alabama and #17 Texas A&M) and #2 Mississippi State (6-0, with wins over #6 Auburn and #17 Texas A&M) have accomplished more so far this season than any other teams in the country.

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Arizona Is #1

8:27 AM, Oct 07, 2014

After finishing the season ranked #29 last year, the Arizona Wildcats — hot off their upset win at Oregon — have claimed the top spot in the inaugural 2014 Anderson & Hester Rankings.  The second and fourth spots are held by two schools from Mississippi — #2 Mississippi and #4 Mississippi State — that went a combined 15-11 last year.  Sandwiched in between are the Auburn Tigers, who came within 14 seconds of winning last season’s national championship.  TCU, which went 4-8 last year, rounds out the top-5.

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Sessions: 'Obama Has Openly Reaffirmed His Unconstitutional Plan to Nullify Our Nation’s Sovereign Laws'

4:54 PM, Sep 06, 2014

Senator Jeff Sessions issues this statement in response to President Obama's decision to wait until after the mid-term election to take action on immigration by executive order.

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Sessions on Immigration: 'Where Do Your Senators Stand?'

3:01 PM, Aug 13, 2014

Senator Jeff Sessions says Americans should be asking where their elected representatives in Washington stand on "executive amnesty," which the Alabama Republican says "could be increasingly imminent and broad in scope." Here's an excerpt from his statement:

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Palmer Wins Alabama House Runoff

8:45 AM, Jul 16, 2014

Gary Palmer, the founder of the conservative Alabama Policy Institute and a candidate for the House of Representatives, won his Republican primary runoff Tuesday against Paul DeMarco. Palmer is running to succeed retiring Republican Spencer Bachus for the GOP-friendly, Birmingham-area district. At National Review Online, Alabama resident Quin Hillyer has more:

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A Conservative Candidate of Character, Conviction, Knowledge, and Leadership

7:01 AM, May 22, 2014

Gary Palmer, who is seeking a House seat in Alabama, is a unique candidate. Until this year, he’d never run for political office. Yet he has a long and impressive record in politics. He was a walk-on for Bear Bryant’s University of Alabama football team – whoops, that’s not politics.

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Can You Spot the Differences?

Seven Alabama Republicans are hard to tell apart.
May 19, 2014

Birmingham, Ala. 
No House district in the country is more Republican than Alabama’s 6th, where the retirement of Spencer Bachus opens the seat for the first time in 22 years. The district voted 74 percent for Mitt Romney, so whoever captures a majority in the seven-way Republican primary in June—or, in the likely event no one does, whoever wins the runoff in July—can expect to be moving to Washington. 

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Dozens of Widows Dropped from Health Care Due to Obamacare in Alabama

6:01 AM, Apr 17, 2014

Over two dozen widows in Alabama were dropped from their health care plans due to Obamacare, WHNT reports:

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Aviator, POW, Resister, Senator, Hero

2:02 PM, Mar 28, 2014

Admiral Jeremiah Denton is dead at 89.  Americans of a certain age will remember him, if not by name, then as the returning Vietnam POW who stepped off the plane at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines and concluded some remarks with the words, “God bless America.”

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Obamacare 'Little Help' for Woman With Prosthetic Leg

8:03 AM, Mar 04, 2014

A nightmare for an Alabama woman, who was trying to find help for her disability through Obamacare:

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Barnes Podcast: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Tuesday's Elections for the GOP

Hosted by Michael Graham.
5:15 PM, Nov 06, 2013

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes recapping the 2013 elections in Virginia, New Jersey, New York and across the country.

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Alabama Restaurant Owner Reducing Hours, Considers Closing, Due to Obamacare

8:10 AM, Aug 30, 2013

An Alabama restaurant owner says that because of Obamacare he'll be reducing employer's hours and that he might have to close up shop:

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Medicaid Accidentally Overpays $88M to Alabama

7:44 AM, Aug 29, 2013

The state of Alabama received bonus payments from Medicaid for 2009 and 2010 that were a stunning 13 times higher than the state was eligible for.  So says the inspector general (IG) for Health and Human Services in a report released on Wednesday.

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Quin Hillyer: 'It's Time'

1:47 PM, Jun 06, 2013

Congressional candidate Quin Hillyer's first ad:

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Senator's Wife Publicly Begs Strippers to Leave Her Husband Alone

12:09 PM, Jun 05, 2013

Heather McGill, the wife of Alabama state senator Shadrack McGill, recently took to Facebook to warn other women not go near her man. Particularly, Mrs. McGill's warning is directed at strippers. 

As reported:

"During the campaign, we had two strippers come to my house at 1 o'clock in the morning," Sen. McGill said. He said the women were beating on the door.

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Rick Santorum to Endorse Quin Hillyer

7:48 AM, May 28, 2013 reports:

Former U.S. Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will endorse Quin Hillyer as a candidate for Alabama’s 1st District congressional seat.

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