John Archibald: Plugged

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John Archibald: The Future of UAB Football

Our weekly segment features The Birmingham News columnist John Archibald, discussing the city politic (and county and state politic too). Instead of being unplugged as he is in the newspaper, we offer him a bullhorn. Sort of.

Each Thursday, we focus on a theme. And how Archibald thinks it fits into a regional scheme. That’s scheme as in realm, not scheme as in shady plan. But he’ll discuss those too. It seems there’s been no shortage of shady schemes in our realm.


John Archibald

Alabama is full of big news stories. From the removal of the Confederate battle flag, to gay marriage, to Birmingham's increase in the minimum wage. It's a lot for journalists to keep up with and a lot of great materials for columnists like and The Birmingham News' John Archibald. He discusses the city, county and state politics in forums large and small.

Former Chief of Staff Among First Witnesses in Hubbard Trial

The eyes of Alabama’s political world have turned to a Lee County courtroom as the trial of House Speaker Mike Hubbard is now underway. He faces 23 felony ethics charges. He’s accused of using his elected position and his former role as head of Alabama’s Republican Party for personal gain. Both sides gave their opening statements Tuesday with witness testimony following. Watching is all is Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald and he offers his observations to WBHM’s Andrew Yeager.

Governor Asks Staff to Sign Confidentiality Agreement

Two years ago something simple but significant happened in Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s office. Bentley asked his staff to sign non-disclosure agreements. More than 80 staffers did, but one who didn’t was Rebekah Mason. She’s the former political aide Bentley’s accused of having an affair with. They’re the latest details in the scandal surrounding the governor. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald talks about it along with the continued political spats at Birmingham City Hall.

More of the Same as Birmingham City Council Reelects President

There’s the adage, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” That could apply to the Birmingham City Council this week as they were forced to elect new leaders because of a new law requiring them to do so every two years. It was high political drama, but in the end, Council President Johnathan Austin retained his post by a five to four vote. Although there was a change at the number two spot. We talk about this and the potential ouster of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.

Bentley Scandal: In Pursuit of Wanda’s Desk

This week, Rep. Ed Henry and Red Bay Democratic Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, tried to get inside the governor’s office and find the infamous Wanda’s Desk. John Archibald, columnist for and the Birmingham News, was there, and he tells WBHM’s Rachel Osier Lindley what happened.

“I Want My South Back”

“I want my South back.” That’s the rallying cry from Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald. In a recent column he lays out a Southern identity that he admits may be a fictional memory, but one he’d like see more of. He also reflects on the fifth anniversary of the April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak that killed more than 250 people in Alabama.

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