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 By Steve Flowers    News    March 1, 2020 

Chancellor Finis St. John and the University of Alabama System

Our 1901 Alabama Constitution has been rightfully criticized as being archaic. However, it was simply a reflection of the times. The authors and crafters of our document were well educated gentry. The...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    February 1, 2020

Legislative Session Began This Week | Legislator Abolishes His Own County

The 2020 Legislative Session began this week. It will be an interesting three and a-half months. There are a myriad of important issues that legislators have to address this year, as always. However,...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    February 1, 2020

1st District Seat Open. Great Three-Man Race to Replace Bryne. Senate Race in Full Gear.

The first district Congressional race is probably the best race in the state in this year’s March 3rd Primary. The winner of the March 31st GOP Primary runoff will go to Congress. The famous first...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    January 1, 2020

New Year Begins. It's a Presidential Year

As the new year begins, so does a Presidential election year. For several decades, in fact for most of the twentieth century, Alabamians were more interested in state and local politics than...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    December 1, 2019

The Race is on for the U. S. Senate

We are less than three months away from the election for our number two U.S. Senate Seat. The winner of the Republican Primary on March 3, 2020 will be our next U.S. Senator. Winning the GOP Primary...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    November 1, 2019

Light Being Shown on Poarch Creek Gambling Casino Monopoly in the Heart of Dixie

Recently an organization was formed with the name, “Poarch Creek Accountability Now.” This nonprofit group is headed by former 40-year veteran State Senator Gerald Dial, who retired from the...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    October 1, 2019

2020 Senate Race Right around the Corner. GOP Field is Probably Set.

Even though qualifying does not begin until October 8, 2019, the field is probably set for the GOP Primary in March to unseat the anomaly Democrat, Doug Jones, who is sitting in Alabama’s...

 

Two Open Congressional Seats in the Heart of Dixie in 2020

Governor Kay Ivey has had a very successful first year as governor. One of the coups she pulled off was getting the legislature to pass legislation granting the governor the power to appoint the...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    August 1, 2019

Those Who Bake the Pie Get to Eat It

Governor Kay Ivey’s first legislative session of the quadrennium was very successful. Her prowess at getting things accomplished with this Legislature has been remarkable. She knows what she is...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    July 1, 2019

Legislative Session for Most Part Successful, Especially for Governor Kay Ivey

The 2019 Legislative Session was one of the most controversial yet productive sessions in memory. Governor Kay Ivey’s first Session of the Quadrennial was a roaring success. It’s hard to remember...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    June 1, 2019

Road Rage and Deer Hunting Bills Await Senate Action

Over 20 years ago when I was a legislator the State Trooper assigned to my county asked if he could come visit with me. “Of course,” I said. When he came he had a somber look on his face. I...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    May 1, 2019

Prisons Issue - Front/Center

Folks, taking care of prisoners is not a popular political issue. However, every so often Alabama politicians pragmatically have to acquiesce to the mandates of federal judges and grant our...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    April 1, 2019

Inside the Statehouse

State Budgets: Priority Number One After their successful special five-day Special Session, the Legislature has been in their Regular Session for a few weeks now. The Session will end in June so it...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    March 1, 2019

Inside the Statehouse

State Revenues Up as Legislature Prepares for Session and Crafting of State Budgets March 6, 2019 The Governor has been inaugurated and the Legislature has had its organizational session. The...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    January 1, 2019

We Lost Some Great Leaders in 2018

As is my custom at the close of the year, I like to memorialize great Alabamians who have appeared and lived legendary lives upon the stage of political history in the Heart of Dixie. This year we...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    December 1, 2018

Alabama vs. Auburn Game

The only sport that Alabamians enjoy more than Alabama politics is college football. We especially love the Alabama vs. Auburn football game. Folks, this is Alabama/Auburn week in Alabama. The...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    November 1, 2018

Inside the Statehouse

“General Election Next Week” This time two years ago, I was bubbling over with anticipation with expectations that I would have two years of fun following an exciting governor’s race. Well, Ole...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    October 1, 2018

Supreme Court Rules States – Can Collect Online Sales Tax

The State of Alabama’s fiscal year begins next week on October 1. Our state’s finances are not the best in the world. However, they got a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, The h...

 

BCA Is Back, Bigger And Better Than Ever

Alabama Power is and has always been a force in Alabama politics. Some entities may have influence in the Legislature, but the power company has the ear of folks in all three branches of State...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    August 1, 2018

Inside the Statehouse

More Analysis of GOP Runoff Currently, congressmen/women win reelection at a 98 percent rate. The communist politburo does not have that high of a reelection percentage. Maybe we have more in common...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 1, 2018

Inside the Statehouse

Best races of the year have been for Attorney General and Lt. Governor June 27, 2018 The best races of the year have been for Attorney General and Lt. Governor, as well as Agriculture Commissioner and...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 1, 2018

Inside the Statehouse

Less than Two Weeks to Primary – Governor’s Race As we get down to the lick log in the 2018 June Primary, there are few if any surprises in any of the major state races. Polling indicates that...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    May 1, 2018

Inside the Statehouse

We are less than four weeks away from our June 5th primary. Those of us who follow Alabama politics have pointed to this year as being a very entertaining and interesting gubernatorial year. However,...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    April 1, 2018

Inside the Statehouse

Republicans took control of federal offices and presidential races in 1964 in Alabama. It was referred to as the Goldwater Landslide. The Baxley-Graddick fiasco in 1986 was the game changer for...

 

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