New Year’s Resolutions for Alabama’s Political Leaders

2014 was a busy year for Alabama — Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was indicted on felony corruption charges, Republicans swept all the major elections in the state and Jefferson County had, arguably, its first slow news year in a decade. What’s in store for 2015? Kyle Whitmire of and the Birmingham News suggests some New Year’s resolutions for Alabama’s leaders.

Why Does Alabama Replace License Plates Every Five Years?

If you’re like most Alabama residents, you received a new license plate in the mail this year. There was actually nothing wrong with your old one. Still, every five years, the state sends replacement plates for the majority of registered vehicles in the state. But have you ever stopped to think why? It costs the state millions of dollars and some are asking questions. WBHM’s Sarah Delia has this report.

Kyle Whitmire: Gerrymandering In Alabama

On Wednesday the US Supreme Court took up the complicated question of what kind of gerrymandering is acceptable and what kind is not. The court is being asked to decide whether a 2010 state legislative redistricting in Alabama overloaded some districts with black Democrats on the basis of race or party.

Parker Griffith: Alabama’s Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate

Parker Griffith is a former congressman and state law maker as well as a retired physician. He’s also the Democratic gubernatorial candidate facing incumbent Governor Robert Bentley on November 4th.

WBHM’s Sarah Delia spoke with Griffith about his campaign.

Representative Spencer Bachus Reflects On His Time In Congress

A fixture on the Alabama political scene will soon be no longer. Spencer Bachus has served in Congress since 1993. But this year the Vestavia Hills Republican is retiring. He’s one of 24 incumbents to step down this term.Congressman Bachus spoke to WBHM’s Sarah Delia about his time in Washington. He started off by explaining why he decided to retire.

Kyle Whitmire: Politics is local, School and City Politics have a busy week

After renewing his employment contract, the Superintendent of the Birmingham City Schools resigns.
Meanwhile, Birmingham City Council has voted to give themselves a lift in their expense accounts, future council members a raise in salary, and give the mayor more freedom to spend.

We ponder these local political acts and what’s next with Kyle Whitmire, political commentator for the Alabama Media Group.

Birmingham Fashion Truck: Making The Magic City Rethink Fashion

Food trucks have become ubiquitous in many cities. Entrepreneurs have taken the same concept of retail on wheels and applied them to apparel. That trend has now come to Birmingham. WBHM’s intern Morgan Smith has more.

Kyle Whitmire: Judge Lifts Restrictions On The Montgomery Advertiser

Last week Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance lifted his ban that temporarily blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information from Alagasco documents. We take a look at why the ban was set in the first place as well as job numbers in the state.

Kyle Whitmire: Domestic And Child Abuse In The South

Ray Rice, Mark Fuller, and Adrian Peterson. All of these men have been in the headlines in recent weeks for issues involving domestic or child abuse. As these acts of violence keep resurfacing in the news cycle we’re left wondering: what needs to change in our culture to make the abuse stop? Kyle Whitmire of and the Birmingham News joins us now to discuss.

The Uncertain Future Of The AEA

Paul Hubbert is the retired leader of the Alabama Education Association. This week he wrote a letter to the AEA board of directors saying the organization is in trouble. He says there are management, financial, and organizational problems. Kyle Whitmire of and the Birmingham News joins us to discuss the future of the AEA.