Here comes the judge

October 4, 2017

Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers

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 night, they won a resounding victory. Moore’s capture of the GOP Senate nomination was impressive. A 55-45 margin is not a total trouncing, but is considered a landslide.

Despite being outspent by the Washington establishment 15-to-1, Moore prevailed. His solid bloc of conservative evangelical voters stood strong against an avalanche of negative ads.

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We need another Jim Allen

September 27, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

By Steve Flowers

As one of America’s most conservative states, we have a history of electing very conservative senators. Jeff Sessions proved to be one of the most archconservative members of the U.S. Senate during his 20-year tenure.

Another archconservative that served 10 years in the Senate from 1968 to 1978 was the great Jim Allen. Jim Allen had an illustrious career in Alabama politics. He was born and raised in Gadsden, Ala. He served in the Alabama House and the Alabama Senate from his native Etowah County. He was elected to his first term as lieutenant governor of Alabama in 1950 and to a second term in 1962. He was lieutenant governor during George Wallace’s first term as governor. He was also a very successful lawyer in Gadsden.

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Clash between two Titans

September 20, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

The very interesting and entertaining Republican primary for our open U.S. Senate seat culminates this Tuesday with the clash between two Titans. Judge Roy Moore and Big Luther Strange will be in a Titanic battle to fill the seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions became U.S. Attorney General.

We will see if Moses with his Ten Commandments and Hebrew children of rural Alabama can slay the Philistine Mountain Brook giant.

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Time for BCA’s Canary to go

September 13, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

As I mentioned last week, we will have a plethora of political contests to follow next year, and the field is beginning to formulate.

The governor’s race is always the marquee event. However, the most important races will be for the 35 State Senate and 105 House of Representatives seats. These legislative races will be where most of the special interest money will gravitate.

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Election season: It’s going to be a doozy

September 7, 2017

By Steve Flowers
INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

Labor Day is the traditional kickoff to an election year. Folks, our quadrennial gubernatorial election year is going to be a doozy. We are in for one heck of a political year next year.

Besides the Governor’s race, we have an open Lt. Governor’s race, an open Attorney General’s race, an open Treasurer’s race, and an open Agriculture Commissioner’s race. We have statewide races for Secretary of State and State Auditor. We have five seats up for election on the State Supreme Court. One of those will be a hotly contested battle for Chief Justice. We have two seats up for election on the Public Service Commission.

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Too close to call

August 30, 2017

By Steve Flowers
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 still is as we head toward the September 26 runoff.

The initial polling showed that Moore had a hard-core 30 percent. It was and is as solid as a rock. He had 30 percent from the get-go. He had 30 percent midway in the race, and he had 30 percent at the end. It was also a fact that with a low voter turnout that his 30 percent would become accentuated because the final poll, and the one that counts, is Election Day and who actually shows up to vote. Moore’s supporters are more ardent, and they are going to show up to vote for him come hell or high water. They are also older, and older people tend to vote; 65-80 year old voters are always more likely to vote.

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Carns predicts Gov. Kay Ivey will run for second term

August 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017: State Representative Jim Carns (R-Vestavia) told the Mid-Alabama Republican Club (MARC) that he expects Governor Kay Ivey (R) to run for the position in 2018.

Jim Carns was delivering his State Legislature report to the gathered Republican activists at the Vestavia Library.  Carns said that Senate President Del Marsh (R-Anniston) recently announced that he is running for another term in the State Senate.

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Flowers says Bentley appointment is an albatross around Strange’s Neck

August 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017, former State Representative and political columnist Steve Flowers (R) spoke to the Mid-Alabama Republican Club at the Vestavia Library.  Flowers discussed the current political situation particularly the Tuesday special election primary.  Flowers predicted that former State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and U.S. Senator Luther Strange would emerge as winners of the Republican Primary, though Strange is hurt by questions surrounding his appointment by then Governor Robert Bentley.  Flowers predicted a Doug Jones victory in the Democratic Primary but called Jones, “the weakest possible candidate.”

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It’s not complicated

August 2, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the State House

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 theme that has weaved its way through the southern electorate. He called it “Friends and Neighbors” politics. It is not a complicated hypothesis. It simply means that southerners tend to vote for someone from their neck of the woods. It is a truism in all southern states. However, it is most pronounced in the Heart of Dixie.
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Down the homestretch in US Senate race

July 19, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

As the horse race for our open US Senate seat heads down the stretch, let’s look at the lay of the land.

All indications are that Roy Moore and Luther Strange are headed for a one-two finish on August 15 and ultimately a runoff on September 26. The winner of that match will be our junior US Senator for the next three years of the Jeff Sessions’ seat term.
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