Steve Flowers

Steve Flowers

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Primary runoff is this week

Primary runoff is this week

OPINION — Those of you who live in the new 2nd congressional district have runoffs this coming Tuesday, April 16. This is the most interesting and entertaining political contest in Alabama this year.This new seat is comprised of all of Montgomery...

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Primary runoff is this week

Presidential race looks like a Biden-Trump rematch

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION — We Americans are going to the polls in five months, to elect the next President of the United States. Election day is Nov. 5.We are getting set for a rematch between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden....

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Population and Political Power Now Rests in North Alabama

Population and Political Power Now Rests in North …

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION — Growing up as a teenager in the 1960s, I served as a page in the Alabama Legislature. One day when I was around 13 years old, I was looking around the House of Representatives and it occurred to me that North Alabama, as...

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Runoffs set for new 2nd district congressional race

Runoffs set for new 2nd district congressional rac …

OPINION — The most interesting and paramount race on the ballot in the March 5th primaries was the one for the new open 2nd Congressional District.This gerrymandered new district was created by the Federal Courts to implement a new Democratic/Black...

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Runoffs set for new 2nd district congressional race

Few surprises inMarch 5 primary results

OPINION — There were very few surprises in our March 5 primary results. Since we are essentially a one-party Republican state when it comes to presidential, national and statewide politics, most of the action was in the GOP Primary.The big winners...

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Runoffs set for new 2nd district congressional race

Political potpourri

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION — I hope you all voted in the March 5 primaries. You have an advantage on me in that I must go to press with my column before Wednesday, my publication date. Therefore, you know the results. However, I doubt there are any...

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Runoffs set for new 2nd district congressional race

Primary is next week

OPINION — This coming Tuesday, March 5, is Primary Election Day in Alabama. Your vote next week is probably as important this Tuesday as it will be in the November general election because winning the Republican nomination for a statewide position...

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Primary runoff is this week

Apparently a qualification to run is to not live i …

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION— “Friends and Neighbors” politics and “all politics is local” has gone by the wayside. Instead, we are a state and nation divided along partisan and racial lines. In Alabama, almost all white voters are Republican and...

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Runoffs set for new 2nd district congressional race

State Senate Leaders

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION Last week we discussed the Alabama House of Representatives and highlighted the leaders in the House.This week we will talk about the prominent members of the very powerful Alabama State Senate.To begin with, the state...

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Primary runoff is this week

2024 Legislative session begins next week

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION— The 2024 Legislative Session begins next week. It will be difficult to replicate the success of last year’s regular session. The 2023 year was a premier year for any first year of a quadrennium. Indeed, it may be one of...

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Population and Political Power Now Rests in North Alabama

The Race to Watch

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION— The most interesting race to watch this year in Alabama will be for the newly drawn second con-gressional district.The new seat was drawn by the federal courts to create a second majority minority district in Ala-bama....

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Primary runoff is this week

2024 is an election year

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION— This is a presidential election year. Our GOP Presidential Primary is our election in the Heart of Dixie. We are a one party state, especially in presidential races. Alabama is one of a group of states that will hold its...

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Population and Political Power Now Rests in North Alabama

More observations from 2023

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION — My notebook of observations from 2023 was so full that I will continue this week.Our new United States Senator, Katie Boyd Britt, has proven to all of us that she is indeed the superstar we predicted she would be. She is...

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Primary runoff is this week

Roger Bedford remembered

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION — As is my custom, my year-end column is devoted to acknowledging meaningful Alabama political leaders who passed away during the year. This year I will highlight only one. Roger Bedford passed away in October at 67. He was...

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Primary runoff is this week

Sen. Katie Britt'samazing first year

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION — As Christmas approaches, Alabama’s Sen. Katie Britt prepares to mark one year in office. Those of us who have known her since before she was elected to the Senate knew she would be successful, but we could not have...

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The legend ofSen. John Sparkman

The legend ofSen. John Sparkman

OPINION — In my 2015 book, Of Goats and Governors: Six Decades of Colorful Alabama Political Stories, I have a chapter entitled “Alabama’s Three Greatest Senators.” I chronicle the lives and accomplishments of Richard Shelby, Lister Hill and John...

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Population and Political Power Now Rests in North Alabama

Inside the Statehouse

Lister Hill, a great Alabama senator OPINION— We had a very dist-inguished congressional delegation from Alabama during the 30-year span of 1934-1964. The congressmen from the Heart of Dixie appeared to be born to serve in congress. Their pedigrees...

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Primary runoff is this week

Inside the Statehouse: Career politicians - Good o …

BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION— In recent years, candidates for political office have lambasted, run against and proclaimed that they were not career politicians. Every television ad for someone who has never held office has proudly stated that they are...

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Population and Political Power Now Rests in North Alabama

Inside the State House

60th anniversary of JFK assassination BY STEVE FLOWERS OPINION— The assassination of President John F. Kennedy happened 60 years ago this week. It occurred to me that a good many of you may be too young to remember that horribly sad day of Nov. 22,...

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