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Steve Flowers

Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His column appears weekly in more than 70 Alabama newspapers. Steve served 16 years in the state legislature. He may be reached at www.steveflowers.us.

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Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – June 13, 2014

June 13, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers     |   Opinion

The big news out of last week’s political primaries is that there was no news. The results of every race came down almost precisely as was predicted. The prevailing hypothesis among experts that there would be a low voter turnout was fulfilled. The turnout was around 20% statewide, as was expected.  The reason for theContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers     |   Opinion

Believe it or not we are less than one week away from the 2014 Primary Elections. The Republican and Democratic primaries are next Tuesday. The turnout may be historically low. The reason is simple. There are no good statewide races on the ballot. The Governor’s race is usually a marquee event. However, Gov. Robert BentleyContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers     |   Opinion

My early and continuous prognostication that this would be a lackluster political season has been justified. It may very well be the least interesting gubernatorial politicking year in memory. The fact that Gov. Robert Bentley is waltzing to reelection with essentially no opposition is the primary reason for the lack of activity. In addition, theContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – May 14, 2014

May 14, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers     |   Opinion

In 1967 when Lurleen Wallace became governor, one of her first missions was a trip to Bryce Mental Hospital in her native Tuscaloosa. The conditions she saw at Alabama’s primary mental health facility were beyond deplorable. It was a heart wrenching and Damascus road experience for the demure and soft-spoken lady. However, she roared likeContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers     |   Opinion

The 2014 Regular Legislative Session, which ended last month, was the last of the quadrennium. It ended on the same note it began on four years ago. This group of super majority Republican legislators has placed an indelible conservative stamp on Alabama state government. There has been no benchmark right wing social issue that hasContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – May 2, 2014

May 2, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers     |   Letters to the Editor

Early on it appeared that the best political races of the year would be for legislative seats. Indeed, with this being a lackluster year for statewide contests there are some good senate races throughout the state to watch. Most of these hotly contested battles will be intraparty GOP squabbles. Senate District 11, which is composedContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 27, 2014

April 27, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers     |   Opinion

A good many of you found last week’s historical column interesting. You seemed fascinated about the vast diversity regarding the folks who settled in South Alabama versus those who homesteaded North Alabama at the state’s origination. You found it even more interesting how close the secession from the Union vote was in 1861 with theContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers     |   Letters to the Editor

When Alabama was being settled in the early 1800’s, our first settlers were diverse in their origins. Our river regions were the most desirable lands. Indeed this is where the Indians lived. They realized the importance of water and the abundant fishing for their sustenance besides the natural advantage offered by these waters. The riverContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers     |   Opinion

Alabama has seen its share of industrial recruitment coups in the past few years. In fact, 20 years ago the landing of Mercedes was the impetus that has catapulted us to the top of the nation in automobile manufacturing. Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai and the peripheral support manufacturing companies have placed us in the top threeContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers     |   Opinion

The Gallup poll has come out with their ranking of the most conservative and most liberal states in America. Last year we were ranked as the most conservative in the country. We lost that mantle to Wyoming this year. In fact, we fell dramatically to number ten. In past years either Alabama or one ofContinue Reading