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    July 21, 2014 | By Dave Folk  
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Opinion

You’ll Never Guess Who Just Bought Half of UAB’s Football Tickets

July 22, 2014   |   By Dave Folk  

Birmingham’s City Council was half of UAB’s football attendance last year. No lead, no joke, just this: Birmingham City Council spends close to a quarter of a million dollars each year on UAB season football tickets for city employees, neighborhood associations and youth groups. Does anyone really want to see UAB football? No, and thatContinue Reading

For Uber Bad Ideas, Look No Further than Birmingham’s City Council

July 21, 2014   |   By Dave Folk  

Uber is a ride-sharing mobile application that matches up people seeking rides, with drivers. Uber is incredibly popular in cities that it operates in. Uber is not coming to Birmingham (probably). It’s not because Uber doesn’t want to be in Birmingham. No, Uber has foresight and sees a growing market… It’s because the Birmingham CityContinue Reading

Welcome to Shawshank: Prison Reform in Alabama

June 18, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun  

We can’t talk about prison reform without a quote from the iconic Shawshank Redemption, the 1994 film starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. If you’ve ever watched TNT on any given weekend, you’ve seen it. So here’s a fitting quote from Morgan Freeman’s character, Red: “These walls are funny. First you hate ‘em, then youContinue Reading

3 People in Montgomery You May Not Know, But Should

June 17, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

Briefs written, dockets filed, bills amended, coffee poured, 140 characters tweeted… You most likely already know about the players in Montgomery who have been around for 30+ years… but what about those young professionals who are driving politics in Alabama behind the scene? The following list of young politicos was derived from extensive interviews withContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – June 13, 2014

June 13, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers  

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  

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

Marriage: Civil vs. Religious

May 28, 2014   |   By Steven Boydstun  

Last summer the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law which allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages which took place in states where it is legal. It also prevented many married gay couples from receiving benefits like insurance and healthcare that their straight counterpartsContinue Reading

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers – May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014   |   By Steve Flowers  

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  

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  

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