“Let the silly season of the elections begin”
by Steve Flowers
July 26, 2013
pages 4A & 5A
Steve Flowers, a four-term Alabama state senator, writes one of the best columns on events at the Alabama statehouse. This week’s column deals with the stark realities of Alabama’s state politics in 2014. Flowers tells us what we know, but seldom discuss – white Republicans control two-thirds of the seats in the Alabama legislature and will continue to do so in the near future. Black Democrats, meanwhile, increasingly control the Democratic seats in the legislature.
The column discusses the consequences of the GOP dominance. For one, the Alabama Education Association (the teachers union) has been de-fanged. Also, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of Auburn now rules the Alabama House with an iron fist due to his control of PAC money that House Republicans need for their re-election efforts.
(I reviewed Hubbard’s book on the 2010 elections in a previous post – https://mobilemojoman.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/book-review-storming-the-state-house-by-mike-hubbard/).
As a political independent, it makes me nervous when either party gains such a large advantage that there is no effective opposition.