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.

November 27, 2014

About Alabama — Election’s Over, What’s Next?

Alabama’s state government operates on a four-year cycle known as a “quadrennium.” Each quadrennium begins with the election of the governor ... [READ MORE]

October 23, 2014

About Alabama — Overcoming Alabama’s Prison Problems

The Alabama Department of Corrections has jurisdiction over more than 32,000 individuals who have been convicted of a crime and are serving sentences ... [READ MORE]

September 25, 2014

About Alabama — Improving Public Services in Urban Areas

Perception often trails reality, and that’s the way it is with Alabama’s urban development. We tend to think of our state as the small, rural ... [READ MORE]

August 21, 2014

About Alabama — Considering Taxes

This is an election year for state officials, and normally candidates would shy away from any talk of tax increases. However, both candidates ... [READ MORE]

June 26, 2014

About Alabama — Finding the Money to Build and Maintain Alabama’s Roads

Few governmental responsibilities affect people more directly than providing the roadways on which we travel. Alabama has 3.8 million licensed ... [READ MORE]

May 29, 2014

About Alabama — Exercising Your Power to Vote

The ability to vote for public officials and issues is a precious power enjoyed by American citizens. This is the year for electing state officials ... [READ MORE]