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 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    December 1, 2022 

Kay Ivey is Governor Again

Governor Kay Ivey’s 2022 reelection victory run has been very impressive. Some of you may be wondering how quickly I have been able to resolve that she has indeed culminated her victorious run when...

 

Election Year Observations

This 2022 Election Year in Alabama has been monumental and memorable. Any gubernatorial year is big in the state. It is the brass ring of Alabama politics to be governor. However, the race to succeed...

 

Alabama State Board of Education

School board members are some of the most selfless public servants in Alabama. This accolade goes to the Alabama State Board of Education, and more specifically local school board members. These...

 

Alabama is a Big Front Porch

This is the final version of a three week series of stories that illustrate that Alabama is a Big Front Porch. James E. “Big Jim” Folsom was one of our few two-term governors. In the old days,...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 1, 2022

Do Campaign Ads Pander?

During the waning days of the campaigns for Governor and U.S. Senator, I received an inordinate amount of correspondence lamenting the outrageous, demagogic, disingenuous, negative ads, especially on...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 1, 2022

We Miss Shorty Price (aka: Also Rans)

The governor’s races of bygone years were a lot more fun and colorful than todays. We would have 10 to 15 candidates. There would be three or four favorites, but we would have 10 others that would...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 1, 2022

Congressional Lines and Congressmen will Remain the Same

For several years leading up to the 2010 Census count, the national projections were that Alabama would lose one of our seven congressional districts and drop to six. When the count was taken, we...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    April 1, 2022

Incumbency Prevails in Secondary Constitutional Offices

Incumbency is a potent, powerful, inherent advantage in politics. That fact is playing out to the nines in this year’s Alabama secondary constitutional and down ballot races. Several of the...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    March 1, 2022

The 2022 World Games Will Showcase Alabama

Allow me to deviate from politics to discuss an important event for our state. The World Games 2022 will place Birmingham and the entire state of Alabama squarely in the global spotlight. Believe it o...

 

Will Gambling Be Addressed in 2022?

As the final regular legislative session of the quadrennium evolves, it is apparent that the legislature will not touch any substantive or controversial issues, but simply pass the budgets and go...

 

State Senate Will Have Little Turnover in 2022

[The year ] 2022 was anticipated to be an exciting competitive election year. However, it is going to be a yawn of a political year. If you thought there was no competition for the constitutional...

 

Reapportionment Done. Legislative Races Begin.

The new lines are finally drawn for next year’s state legislative and congressional elections. They have just made it under the wire for the late January qualifying deadline and the May 24, 2022 pri...

 

Redistricting Session Underway

Every 10 years the nation has a census count. There is a reason for that dissemination of our population. The United States and concurrently the Alabama Constitution require a census to determine how...

 

We Now Have a Very Youthful Federal Judiciary in Alabama

Our senior senator, Richard Shelby, has left an indelible legacy and imprint on our state. Every corner of the state has been the recipient of his prowess at bringing home the bacon to the Heart of...

 

Trump Comes to Alabama

Former President Donald Trump paid a visit to the Heart of Dixie last [month]. Obviously, this is Trump country. Alabama was one of Trump’s best states in the 2020 Election. He got an amazing 65%...

 

Bibb Graves the Education Governor

Most states have one General Fund Budget. We are only one of five states that have two. Some of you have asked why we have two budgets – one for the General Fund and one for Education. Here is why....

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 1, 2021

Prison Issue Unresolved

There were two major issues not resolved during the just completed regular legislative session. Gambling and prisons were left on the table and up in the air. It is foolish to not address a...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 1, 2021

Status of 2022 U.S. Senate Race

When Senator Richard Shelby announced he would not run for reelection to a sixth six-year term in 2022, speculation immediately began as to who would run for our iconic senior senator’s seat....

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 1, 2021

State Supreme Court often forgotten in Alabama

Our 1901 Alabama Constitution replicates the United States Constitution in designing a triumvirate of government. The Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches are designed to have separate and...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 1, 2021

Who Are the Nine People Who Sit on Our State Supreme Court?

This week allow me to share with you a sketch of the men and women who sit on our State Supreme Court. These nine Justices are all Republican, all conservative on both social and business issues. All...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    April 1, 2021

2022 Will be Big Year for Alabama Politics

All signs point to a Titanic political year in 2022. In fact, as I look back over the last six decades of my observations of Alabama politics, next year may be the most momentous. Most states elect...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    March 1, 2021

Benefactor or Ideologue

Over the years, I have discussed my observations and concepts of the two different roles or routes taken by a U.S. Senator or Congressman during their tenure in Washington. One clearly chooses one of...

 

Big Issues Facing Alabama Legislature

The 2021 legislative session has begun. It will be a monumental and difficult session. Due to COVID restrictions, the logistics of just meeting will be a task. House members will be spread out all...

 

Prison Issue still a Tar-Baby

As the 2021 Regular Legislative Session looms, the 800-pound gorilla in the room is the prison issue. The situation has grown more dire and imminent because the U.S. Justice Department has now filed...

 

We Lost Some Good Ones This Year

As is my annual ritual, my year-end column pays tribute to Alabama political legends who have passed away during the year. Sonny Cauthen passed away in Montgomery at age 70. He was the ultimate...

 

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