The big question will be answered soon

November 22, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

The big question in the Senate race is will allegations against Roy Moore and his purported propensities forty-years ago cause him to lose.  We will soon see.  The election is less than three weeks away.

The book on Moore is easy to read.  The polls have consistently revealed that 30 percent of voters like him and 70 percent do not like him.  He is a polarizing figure and well known.

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Zeigler creates Gubernatorial fundraising committee

July 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) filed a campaign committee Tuesday to begin raising money for the 2018 Governor’s race.

Auditor Zeigler said that he was required to file because he passed the $1,000 legal threshold that requires filing due to “unsolicited campaign donations.”

Zeigler said that he is “running an exploratory campaign for the Governor’s race and will make a final decision after the special election for US Senate.”
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Landslide Luther?

June 28, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

In Alabama politics many times appointments to political offices filled by an acting governor have an adverse effect on that appointee if and when they seek election to that office for a full term. Every time George Wallace appointed someone to a political post, even in the prime of his popularity and power, they invariably lost in the next election.

Well folks, ole Dr. Bentley ain’t George Wallace and his appointment of Luther Strange to the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions may come back to haunt Big Luther. His appointment is even more problematic due to the appearance of collusion surrounding the appointment. The taint of the Bentley appointment hovers over Big Luther’s tall head in Washington.
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The Democrat Derby

March 29, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

Last week we handicapped some of the potential horses in the upcoming 2018 Governor’s Race. We mentioned Judge Roy Moore, PSC President Twinkle Cavanaugh, Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, Secretary of State John Merrill, State Treasurer Young Boozer, State Senator Del Marsh and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. Some others that may be considering pursuing the brass ring of Alabama politics are Lt. Governor Kay Ivey, Supreme Court Justice Jim Main, Jefferson County Commission President David Carrington, Trump’s Trumpeter in the State Perry Hooper, Jr., Huntsville State Representative Jim Patterson and ADECA Director and former Prattville Mayor Jim Byard. You can also add former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville to the mix of possible gubernatorial candidates.
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Governor’s Derby

March 22, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

We are on the cusp of one of the best political years in modern political history in the Heart of Dixie. Prior to the 1970’s our constitution disallowed succession of office for our state constitutional offices. In other words, you could not run for two consecutive four year terms. That is why George Wallace ran his wife in his place in 1966. George and Lurleen campaigned side-by-side. George would wink at the crowds still drawn to courthouse squares by a country band and say, “I’m going to be her number one advisor.” By the way, she won in a landslide. She beat eight male opponents without a runoff, including two former governors, an agriculture commissioner, the sitting state attorney general and two powerful state senators.
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The people want to vote

February 1, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

During the past couple of months everywhere I go people continually ask me why in the world the legislature could not simply put the issue of whether they could vote for or against a lottery on the November ballot.

The fact that this inquiry has lingered for this long tells me that folks are upset about this travesty. They are mad at the legislature. However, the blame lies with the governor. Read More

College experiment finds DNA may be the bridge across the racial divide

January 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Racial tension is a continual theme in the news, in the long history of our country, and especially in the South, where grappling with race and ethnicity is an ever-present challenge. The realities of race, ethnicity, and social standing always color politics. From the pol-tax and George Wallace’s schoolhouse door, to Richard Nixon’s Southern strategy, including the current redistricting; race is always a factor.
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Alabama loses a statesman with passing of former Gov. Albert Brewer

January 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former Alabama Gov. Albert Brewer died Monday at 88. Brewer was governor for only a short period of time, but his administration, and his personality, left an impact on the State.

Gov. Robert Bentley confirmed Brewer’s death Monday afternoon.

“Alabamians have lost a great leader today in the passing of Governor Albert Brewer,” Bentley said. “He lived his life as an example of integrity and professionalism in public service, and displayed an unwavering commitment to making Alabama a great state.”

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Remembering those we lost in 2016

December 28, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

At the close of every year, my tradition is to acknowledge the passing away of significant political players from the political stage in Alabama. We have lost some icons from politics in the Heart of Dixie this year.

Lucy Baxley passed away in October in Birmingham at 78. She was born on a farm in rural Houston County in the community of Pansy. She went to school at Ashford. After graduation from high school she went to work at the courthouse in Dothan and worked for Judge Keener Baxley. Read More

I’m as wrong as wrong can be

December 8, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Has anybody who writes about politics this year been more wrong than me? Maybe, but I don’t know. I don’t think so.

I wrote that Donald Trump would never win the Republican nomination for president. Surely we’re smarter than that, even the Republicans. No way the Christian right would support such an awful man who is everything they say they’re not.

Wrong.

I wrote that Democrat Hillary Clinton would win the presidency. And I wrote it would be a landslide. She’d win easily. Our first woman president, following our first African-American president.
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