About Alabama

Jim Williams, retired executive director of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, wrote for The Alabama Baptist for several years on state and municipal government issues in Alabama. Check out the archives of his articles below.

March 13, 2008

About Alabama — Will Alabama Stay Economically Strong in 2008 and Beyond?

Alabama’s economic performance in recent years has been spectacular. The state’s economy has grown faster than the national economy in every ... [READ MORE]

February 14, 2008

About Alabama — 2008 Legislative Session Under Way

The Alabama Legislature convened for its 2008 session Feb. 5. To begin their work, the 35 senators and 105 representatives heard the governor’s ... [READ MORE]

January 10, 2008

About Alabama — Important Decisions for 2008

The right to vote is the defining privilege of American government. Voting opportunities occur primarily in even-numbered years, and in 2008, ... [READ MORE]

December 13, 2007

About Alabama — Alabama Benefits From Federal Spending Patterns

The Census Bureau recently reported that spending by the federal government in 2005 totaled more than $7,500 per American. Alabama ranked ninth ... [READ MORE]

November 8, 2007

About Alabama — Fourth-grade Reading Gains

Alabama’s average fourth-grade reading score increased more than the average score of any other state on a recent national test. A sample of ... [READ MORE]

October 11, 2007

About Alabama — County Government

The state of Alabama is divided into 67 counties, each with a government headed by an elected commission. Counties once were basically rural ... [READ MORE]

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