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 By Steve Flowers    News    June 1, 2017

Inside the Statehouse

As the race for our open U.S. Senate seat begins, let’s look at the lay of the land. First-of-all it will be a sprint. The race is upon us with the primaries on August 15 and the run-off six weeks l...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    March 1, 2017

Inside the Statehouse

We have unbelievable natural resources in Alabama starting with the Tennessee Valley and transcending to the beautiful white sands at Gulf Shores. Many of our natural resources have been exploited...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    November 1, 2015

Inside the Statehouse

November 4, 2015: The 2016 Presidential election has not only begun, it is well under way. It is now a lengthy process that spans the entire four-year presidential term. The race essentially begins...

 

Inside The Statehouse

February 18, 2015: The legislature and the governor are preparing for the first Regular Session of the quadrennium. The Session will begin March 3. Legislators need to arrive in Montgomery with their...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    January 15, 2015

Inside The Statehouse

During the 2010 Governor’s Race, I continuously made the statement that whomever won the 2010 Governor’s Race would be a one-term governor. My prophecy was based on the fact that the state was fla...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    December 1, 2014

Inside the Statehouse

Mike Hubbard is the political story of the year because our 2014 state elections were so mundane. The October indictment of the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives overshadows all other...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    November 1, 2014

Inside the Statehouse

The 2014 General Election is Tuesday. It is set to be uneventful. I predicted over a year ago that this election year was going to be dull and, folks, my prognostication has come to fruition. This...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    October 1, 2014

Inside the Statehouse

When Guy Hunt won the Governor’s race over Bill Baxley in 1986 it was well publicized that he was a part-time Primitive Baptist preacher. He was also billed as a part-time Amway salesman. These comm...

 

Inside the Statehouse

The 1978 Governor’s race between the three heavyweights, former Governor Albert Brewer, Attorney General Bill Baxley, and Lt. Governor Jere Beasley, was expected to be titanic. All three men had las...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    August 1, 2014

Inside the Statehouse

If race was a major issue in 1958, being the racist candidate in 1962 was the only way to be elected governor. With this issue in hand and Wallace’s love for campaigning and remembering names, he wo...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    July 1, 2014

Political Corruption in Alabama

A recent Fortune magazine article ranks Alabama as one of the top ten states when it comes to corruption. We were ranked number six. The rankings were determined by a study of convictions of public...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    June 1, 2014

Inside the Statehouse

You know the results of Tuesday’s primary elections. However, my column had to go to press prior to Tuesday’s vote. Therefore, we will discuss and analyze the outcome next week. It is doubtful...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    May 1, 2014

Political Races

Early on it appeared that the best political races of the year would be for legislative seats. Indeed, with this being a lackluster year for statewide contests there are some good senate races through...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    January 1, 2014

Inside the Statehouse

January 8, 2014 The 2014 Legislative Session begins next week. The session starts early in the fourth year of the quadrennium because it is an election year. Legislators want to come in and get out...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    December 1, 2013

Legislative News

Believe it or not we are approaching the fourth year of this legislative quadrennium. The legislature will meet early next year because it is an election year. All 140 seats in the House and Senate...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    November 1, 2013

Inside the Statehouse

October 30, 2013 - Steve Flowers The greatest partisan change in American political history has occurred during my lifetime. The transformation of Alabama and our sister Deep South states from an all...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    October 1, 2013

Inside the Statehouse

During the summer Alabama had a rash of major political figures step down from office in the middle of their elected terms. The first to go was 1st District Congressman Jo Bonner. Beth Chapman also qu...

 

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