• Steve Flowers: Supreme Court races on ballot

    Steve Flowers: Supreme Court races on ballot

    Among the plethora of races on the ballot this year are the important seats on the Alabama Supreme Court.  We have an unprecedented five out of nine seats up for election. Our Alabama Supreme Court as well as our Courts of Criminal Appeals are extremely conservative, pro-business and all Republican. This conservatism dates back to

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  • Steve Flowers: The leadership won’t change much

    Steve Flowers: The leadership won’t change much

    Our antiquated 1901 Constitution was designed to give inordinate power to the legislature.  During the Wallace years, the King of Alabama politics, George Wallace, usurped this power and controlled the legislature from the Executive Branch of government.  Over the last couple of decades the legislature has wrestled this power back and pretty much excluded the

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  • Steve Flowers: Most incumbents are Republican

    Steve Flowers: Most incumbents are Republican

    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 governor.  In the last 32 years there have been eight governor’s races.  Republicans have won all of them, with one exception. Don Siegelman was

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  • Steve Flowers: Name ID goes a long way

    Every constitutional statewide office is up for election this year.  Just like the governor’s office, you can serve two consecutive four-year terms and then you are through. Kay Ivey would have been term limited as Lt. Governor.  She could not have run again for that post even though she ascended to governor last year.  Young

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  • Steve Flowers: Gov. race tops convo

    Steve Flowers: Gov. race tops convo

    When talk turns to politics in Alabama, it usually leads to the governor’s race.  In Alabama politics the Governor’s office is the Brass Ring.  It is talked about more than anything else around coffee clubs and kitchen tables from Sand Mountain to the Wiregrass.  It is comparable to college football being the king of all

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  • Steve Flowers: Election year will be exciting

    Steve Flowers: Election year will be exciting

    Well, folks, the 2018 political year has begun and all of the horses are in the chute.  It is going to be a good year for horse races. Perennially, the year of the governor’s race has been the best year for Alabama politics.  Historically, most Alabamians have been more interested in who they elect as

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