Old UACR leaders contradict values

After reading the front-page article that ran Monday, “Clash of Conservatives,” which documented the “ongoing ideological struggle between two factions of the [UA College Republicans],” it seems clear that the only struggle going on in this organization is over the decision of whether or not this group should continue to represent Republican and conservative values.

Republican Party is not waging gender war

Last Tuesday, Elise Stefanik of New York became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Mia Love, a female African-American, was elected to represent Utah's fourth congressional district. Shelley Capito became West Virginia's first female senator, and in the same state, Saira Blair, an 18-year-old college student, was elected to the state's House of Delegates. Nikki Haley, Mary Fallin and Susana Martinez all defeated white men in their campaigns to remain the governors of their respective states of South Carolina, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

New Congress should reform U.S. prisons

The old maxim that politics is the art of the possible is on full display a week removed from the 2014 midterm election. Both parties are feeling out the political landscape to see what they can advance in the next two years. Few outside observers expect much in the way of real progress on the most intractable issues of our time.

How can Alabama citizens be satisfied with state's growth?

Hope for true societal growth, economic prosperity and cultural progress seem to be goals long forgotten in Alabama, thwarted on a seemingly constant basis by hyper-partisan leaders with a levee on the tide of evolution for the Heart of Dixie. Recently, the national spotlight has been cast on Alabama in response to the state adopting the nation’s toughest immigration law, highlighting a vicious legislature on an impassioned witch hunt, and a timid governor too weak to stand in its way. All the while, our economy gravely suffers the consequences of a widespread crackdown during a fragile - if not fantasy - recovery period.

State and county unemployment rates rise

A new report by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations shows that, for the first time this year, unemployment both on a state level and in Tuscaloosa County has increased. The seasonally adjusted data, which takes into account different economic phenomena, shows that unemployment for May 2012 is at 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in April 2012.