Opinion | Alabama’s Year of the Woman

January 31, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

This political year of 2018 may very well be the Year of the Woman in Alabama politics. In Alabama’s 200 year history, only one woman has been elected governor. Lurleen Wallace won in 1966. Only two women have served as governor, Governor Lurleen and our current governor, Kay Ivey. It may be a historic year.

Sue Bell Cobb, the former Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice, and the first woman to hold that position, is hoping to be able to be the Democratic standard-bearer. She was elected Chief Justice in 2006, in a very expensive, high profiled battle with Republican Drayton Nabors. She had been a District Court Judge in her native Conecuh County for a long time before running statewide. She was elected to a six year term as Chief Justice in 2006, but quit after four years, inexplicably.

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Is it time for another female governor?

January 25, 2017

by Steve Flowers

Hillary Clinton’s failure to break the proverbial glass ceiling in American politics came up a little short. More than 100 men have been nominated for president by the nation’s political parties over the past 220 years. She was the first female to be the nominee of one of the two major parties.

After Hillary became the Democratic nominee last year, former Colorado Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, who ran for president in 1988, said it best, “It’s been the ultimate tree house with a no girls allowed sign posted on it.” Read More

Lurleen Wallace portrait still missing from Capitol Rotunda

January 16, 2017

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

Today, Monday, January 16, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Lurleen Wallace as Alabama’s only female Governor. January 16, 1967 was and remains a historic milestone for our state. I was there, marching with the Sylacauga High School “Half-Million-Dollar Band.” Freezing cold.

Today, sadly, the official portrait of Gov. Lurleen Wallace remains – illegally – out of the Capitol Rotunda, where it historically and legally hung until January 2015. Read More

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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Zeigler Defends Speech to Secessionist Group

September 22, 2015


By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, September 21, State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) responded to criticism leveled at him by the Southern Poverty Law Center for speaking on Thursday, September 17, to the pro-secession group, “The League of the South.”

Auditor Zeigler spoke back at the criticism: “The Southern Political Correctness Center is harassing me for speaking to the League of the South about my efforts to return the Wallace portraits to their legal and historical place in the capitol rotunda. Their inaccurate and biased opposition will only help me and this mission.”
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Strategy to Combine Archives, Historical Commission Subject of Controversy

March 23, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A clandestine strategy to combine the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Department of Archives and History has developed over the last several months, according to two Goat Hill insiders.

This is said to be another “overreach” in the Republican Supermajority’s quest to consolidate and govern under the banner of “right-sizing government.”

According to those close to the project, the Historical Commission would be dissolved and its duties rolled into the Archives. Responsibility for the commission’s historical sites, archaeology, educational and historical learning programs would shift to the Department of Conservation and Lands.
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