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Steve Flowers: New fiscal year begins, teachers and state employees looking...

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The new state fiscal year begins October 1, and the two state budgets are flush. Both the General Fund and the State...

Steve Flowers: Board of Education

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School board members are some of the most selfless public servants in Alabama. This accolade goes to the Alabama State Board of...

Steve Flowers: The decibel level story

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Those of us who served a long time in the legislature have a lot of stories. I served 16 years, from 1982...

Steve Flowers: Buck’s Pocket

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For decades, losing political candidates in Alabama have been exiled to “Buck’s Pocket.” It is uncertain when or how the colloquialism began,...

Steve Flowers: Alabama is a big front porch

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James E. “Big Jim” Folsom was one of our few two-term governors. In the old days, governors could not succeed themselves. Therefore,...

Steve Flowers: Special Alabamians

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Under the title “Alabama is a Big Front Porch,” made famous by the legendary Alabama storyteller Kathryn Tucker Wyndham, I will continue...

Steve Flowers: Legendary Alabamians

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The longer I continue to write about Alabama politics, the more I realize that Alabama really is a “Big Front Porch” –...

Steve Flowers: Jim Oakley

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A legend in Alabama newspaper, educational, and political lore, Jim Oakley of Centreville, turned 87 last month. Jim is...

Steve Flowers: Big Jim Folsom’s show in 1962 governor’s race

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The 1962 Governor’s Race was between George Wallace, James “Big Jim” Folsom, and newcomer Ryan DeGraffenreid, a state senator from Tuscaloosa. Television...

Steve Flowers: Women and young folks prevail in 2022

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In my observations of Alabama politics, every election year brings an underlying election year surprise or two. The underlying prevailing theme emerging...

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