Steve Flowers' Political Commentaries

Wednesdays at 7:44 am and 4:44 pm
  • Hosted by Steve Flowers

Alabama politics is the source for great storytelling. And, few weave tales from the state's halls of power better than Alabama Public Radio's Steve Flowers. Every Wednesday at 7:45 am and 4:44 pm, Steve recalls the colorful characters from Alabama's past, including "Miss Mitty," who sat knitting in the same spot in Capitol, and could tell you the whereabouts of every ranking member of the legislature. Another is Alabama's former Governor "Big Jim" Folsom, who once spoke to the Governor of Utah like an old friend. Folsom thought he was from "Eutaw." Join Steve every week on Alabama Public Radio.

One of the most legendary dirty tricks ever played on a legislator still reverberates 60 years later...

The year 1948 was a pivotal year in Alabama and Southern politics...

Throughout the course of Alabama political history, there have been two pervasive and prevailing issues - race and religion. The race issue has remained dormant in Alabama politics for most of the first half of the 20th century...

In 1946, Senator John Bankhead died in office; this created a unique situation for John Sparkman. He sought the vacant senate seat, yet remained on the ballot for his house seat. Sparkman beat the field handily with a strong backing from labor unions - winning both races at the same time - making him the only person in American history to accomplish this feat...

Senator Lister Hill is probably our greatest U.S. senator in history.  Most of the rural hospitals in America and Alabama were built during his legislation...

Hired political guns have a reputation for success and meanness. These hired guns would usually find somebody or some entity to create fear and hatred against. In political terms, it's called "finding the boogeyman and running against him..." 

Legislative experience is pretty good training ground for governor, but the legislator is definitely not a good stepping stone to the governorship...

Some people think it's a myth and some people think it's a legend, but those of us who've been around Alabama politics have always referred to a place knows as Bucks Pocket. For decades, losing political candidates in Alabama have been exiled to Bucks Pocket...

We've got one of the best governor races in state history looming for next year. But, Alabamians have had a history of electing governors who have basically had no governmental experience, much less legislative experience...

Alabama has had its share of what I call "the run for the fun of it" candidates. Our most colorful of these candidates is William Ralph "Shorty" Price...

First Monday Trade Day was a must event for any serious, statewide political aspirer, especially for the advent of television...

Small-town boys dominate in Alabama Politics and the governor's office. The only city governor of Alabama in the last 66 years is Don Siegelman, who is from Mobile...

Back in bygone days, Alabama had some legendary and colorful characters. One of the most legendary was a guy named Fuller Kimbrell from Northwest Alabama...

Campaign finance laws and ethics forms for political campaigns and office holders were enacted throughout the entire country in the 1970s, mostly in reaction to the public outcry for ethics reform after Watergate corruption. Alabama had a lot of crafty legislators, like Rankin Fite, who simply ignored the national trends. They had no intentions of passing ethics laws...

The Northwest corner of Alabama has been the home to some of the most legendary legislators in Alabama history...

We've got one of the best political years you've ever seen in your life coming up in the next year and a half. The 2018 elections are going to be some of the best we've ever seen...

Some of ya'll might wonder why Alabama is called the "Heart of Dixie?" Well, we call it the Heart of Dixie because of bank notes issued by the Citizens Bank of Louisiana before the Civil War...

Judge Howell Heflin had several stories about Ham Benderson, his favorite character he probably made up...

The passing of former Alabama governor Albert Brewer marks the passing of an era in Alabama politics...

Mountain Brook is the second richest place in the whole South. Only some place in Dallas, Tx. has got more millionaires than Mountain Brook...

Howell Heflin was one of Alabama's most legendary senators...

One of Alabama's most colorful U.S. senators may have been "Cotton" Tom Heflin. Ironically, 50 years later, his nephew Howell Heflin took that same seat in the senate and he served with distinction...

We lost several Alabama political icons in 2016. We also had some major deaths on the national level...

At the close of every year, my tradition is to acknowledge the passing away of significant political players from the political stage in Alabama...

The traditional 4th Congressional District has produced some of Alabama's most legendary and powerful congressmen...

The Bankheads of Jasper is likely to be the most prominent political family in Alabama history...

The Iron Bowl is one of the most fierce of college football rivalries in the nation...

Sam Rayburn ruled as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives during the Franklin Roosevelt-Post Depression and World War II Era... 

Alabama Senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby currently reigns as Alabama's most prominent political figure... 

Today, historians rank Harry Truman as one of America's greatest presidents... 

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