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.

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... 

The 1964 presidential election was the turning point when the deep south states voted for Barry Goldwater and never looked back... 

The only political character on the Alabama political scene that paralleled George Wallace was the legendary Jim Allen...

Hugo Black was only Alabamian to serve on U.S. Supreme Court...

Background history on the legendary Bob Jones...