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 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    Opinion    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    Opinion    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    Opinion    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    Opinion    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...

 

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...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    March 1, 2018

Inside the Statehouse

The Alabama Legislature usually gets very little done during an election year session except passage of the budgets. However, the Legislature may have to address issues pertaining to prison health...

 
 By Steve Flowers    News    February 1, 2018

Inside the Statehouse

A few weeks back my column illuminated the career and influence attained by our senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. In the column and in my book, “Six Decades of Alabama Political Stories,” I...

 

With Recent Individuals Suggesting That President Trump Is Unfit To Serve, What Would Be Required To Remove His Powers?

There are two instances in which a President can be removed from power by Congress and/or high ranking Executive branch officials. The first is impeachment which requires a simple majority in the Hous...

 

Inside the Statehouse

A few months back the Jefferson County Republican Party honored our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby. It was held at The Club in Birmingham. The view from atop Red Mountain from this elegant club i...

 

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

With all the changes and uncertainty surrounding Alabama government in recent months, including political appointments, high level resignations, special elections, runoff elections and a host of new...

 

Inside the Statehouse

October 4, 2017 Judge Roy Moore and his wife, Kayla, made their traditional horseback ride to their voting place in Gallant in Etowah County, last Tuesday and when all the votes were counted that...

 

Inside the Statehouse

Most people would assume that as the race for the open U.S. Senate began that Luther Strange, the appointed incumbent, was the favorite. However, polling indicated that Roy Moore was the favorite and...

 

Inside the Statehouse

There is a proven theory espoused by political scholars that has prevailed in southern political history for decades. The premier political scholar, Dr. V. O. Key, first illustrated this repetitious t...

 

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