Kyle Whitmire: Should Alabama Legalize Marijuana?

It’s illegal to buy or sell marijuana in the state of Alabama, but some Alabamians and even lawmakers may be coming around to the idea of one day legalizing the use of the drug.
We take a look at the polarizing debate over the legalization of marijuana with Kyle Whitmire, political commentator for and the Birmingham News.

How Prison Shaped a Woman’s Career Path

For 10 years of her adult life, Jamie Faust was in and out of county jail and federal prison. In 2012 she entered Julia Tutwiler’s Prison for Women as an HIV positive inmate. At the time, HIV inmates were segregated from the general population. She tells WBHM’s Sarah Delia that living with HIV in prison wasn’t easy, but the experience pushed her to follow a career path she might not have otherwise.

Kyle Whitmire: 6th Congressional District Campaign Tactics

Kyle Whitmire, of and the Birmingham News joins us to discuss the campaign tactics of the two Republican candidates battling to represent Alabama’s 6th Congressional District. Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer will face each other in a runoff on July 15. The winner goes to the November general election.

Kyle Whitmire: Is a State Lottery in Alabama’s Future?

In 1999, Alabama voters rejected a state lottery that would have paid for the college education of some students. Since then, GOP lawmakers have been relatively quiet on pushing the state lottery issue. But, some may be coming around to the idea as state education costs continue to rise.
We discuss the possibility of a state lottery plus we’ll take a look at Governor Robert Bentley’s job performance with Kyle Whitmire, political commentator for and the Birmingham News.

Bethany Borg’s Nordik Fire: Electric Violin Rock Fusion

For years award winning violinist Bethany Borg has played and toured with numerous groups. Now, she’s ready to take center stage showcasing all that the fiddle can do. She talks about her struggles, triumphs, and new electric violin solo project, Nordik Fire, with WBHM’s Sarah Delia.

Kyle Whitmire: VA Healthcare and Alabama’s Prisons

On Tuesday Governor Robert Bentley announced a plan to overhaul the state’s severely overcrowded prison system. Also this week, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a detailed report highlighting medical care problems in Alabama’s prisons. Plus, we take a look at wait times for Alabama veterans to receive medical attention. Kyle Whitmire of and the Birmingham News joins us.

Kyle Whitmire: Alabama’s Primary Election

Alabama’s primary election was held this week. We take a look at voter turnout rate, the results, and surprises of the primaries with Kyle Whitmire of and the Birmingham News.

Kyle Whitmire: Judge Overturns Alabama Accountability Act

A Montgomery judge ruled today that the Alabama Accountability Act is unconstitutional. He said it violates the state Constitution’s requirement for the Legislature to have only one subject in a bill. Plus, Representative Patricia Todd voices her opinions on closeted lawmakers living a double life.

Kyle Whitmire: Luther Strange Returns PAC Money

Last month Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s reelection campaign accepted a $50,000 donation from a newly registered Alabama political action committee. After the Alabama Media Group inquired about the transfer, the Strange campaign returned the donation to the PAC. Kyle Whitmire of and the Birmingham News joins us to follow the money.

Kyle Whitmire: Changes In Governor Bentley’s Staff

The governor’s office announced today that former House Speaker Seth Hammett has been named the interim chief of staff for Governor Robert Bentley. Hammett replaces David Perry, who also announced today he has accepted a new position in Birmingham. Kyle Whitmire from and the Birmingham News joins us to discuss.