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Restaurant was hub for Alabama political figures

Interior of Elite Cafe Montgomery from a postcard of the time

Alabama’s most famous political restaurant and watering hole for 50 years was Montgomery’s Elite Restaurant. Until it closed about 1995, the Elite (pronounced “E-light”) was the place to eat and be seen. Many a political deal was struck at its back tables.

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This Week in Alabama Politics: “Sessions one of the most conservative in the Senate”

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

Throughout this year’s prodigious presidential selection process our junior senator, Jeff Sessions, has been at the forefront. He has become the darling of the extreme right throughout the country. He is and has been one of the most conservative members of the U.S. Senate for close to two […]

Trump making headway with little tv ad spending, most Americans under 40 get their news digitally

In 1960 television was a new medium. Most Americans did not have televisions in the early 1950’s. However, by 1960 the majority of the country had fallen in love with Lucy and TV.

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FLOWERS: Alabama hasn’t gone Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

As if we have not been inundated enough with politics this year, hold on to your seats. Over the next few weeks that is all you will hear, read or see. The Republican Convention is set for today, the 18-22nd, in Cleveland and the Democratic Convention will begin […]

Impeachment unlikely with few days left in session

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

There appears to be very little interest in promoting an effort to impeach Governor Robert Bentley. With very few legislative days left in the session, legislators have a myriad of problems to deal with, not the least of which are the budgets, especially the General Fund. The financial […]

This Week in Alabama Politics: Where are they now?

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

A good friend and loyal reader suggested to me that he would like to see a column entitled, “Where Are They Now?” Then I ran into former Gov. Albert Brewer at a Birmingham restaurant and it prompted me to do that column. Gov. Brewer has always been admired […]

Donald Trump is “George Wallace and Big Jim Folsom rolled into one”

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

The presidential primary parade has been colorful and fun to watch this year. It has been even more amusing because of the pervasive presence of one Donald Trump and the fact that those of us in the Heart of Dixie have a front row seat to the show.

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