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Apply for a job at Jefferson County, and you, too, could be a winner. Federal Judge Lynwood Smith proposed an interim solution for Jefferson County’s personnel problems. Until the court, the plaintiffs and the county could establish a fair and unbiased system for hiring and firing county employees, the county could do so with a lottery. We talk about that and other politics now as we do most Wednesdays with The Birmingham News’ Kyle Whitmire.

Kyle Whitmire

Each week we'll hear an update on political happenings in Birmingham and Jefferson County from Birmingham News local political reporter Kyle Whitmire. Hear him Wednesday afternoons on All Things Considered.

Lawmakers Pass Budget, Ask Questions Later
04-27-2016

Lawmakers approve a General Fund budget that left an $85 million hole in the state’s Medicaid program and the head of the Alabama GOP feels compelled to defend the party. The latest from Kyle Whitmire, political columnist for The Birmingham News and AL.com.

A Trip to Las Vegas Could Mean Trouble for Governor Bentley
04-20-2016

There’s a new twist in the feud between Governor Robert Bentley and former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency head, Spencer Collier; a trip to Las Vegas could put Bentley in hot water with campaign finance law and a look at the state’s lack of oversight on religious daycare centers. The latest from AL.com’s Kyle Whitmire.

Evoking the “Goat Hill” Committee of the Alabama Legislature
04-6-2016

A small delegation of Alabama lawmakers – led by a Republican Representative from Hartselle – announced plans to impeach Governor Robert Bentley, the Legislature overrides Bentley’s budget veto and the role the Legislature’s infamous “Goat Hill” committee will play in all of this. The latest from AL.dom’s Kyle Whitmire.

Scandal Uncovers Bentley’s Involvement in Trial of Speaker Mike Hubbard
03-30-2016

Following the eruption of a scandal involving Governor Robert Bentley and his now former top political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, the governor is refusing to step down, despite mounting pressure from Alabama lawmakers. And Bentley’s involvement in the ethics trial of House Speaker Mike Hubbard is made clear following disclosure by fired Alabama Law Enforcement […]

Scandal Erupts Between Alabama’s Governor and Former Top Cop
03-23-2016

Alabama’s top law enforcement officer, Spencer Collier, is fired following statements he made about an alleged affair between Governor Robert Bentley and a top adviser, Rebekah Mason. For more, we turn to AL.com’s Kyle Whitmire. Following Spencer Colliers press conference, Governor Robert Bentley held his own saying he did not have a physical relationship with Rebekah Mason. […]

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