John Archibald: What the Birmingham Election Results Mean

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John Archibald: What the Birmingham Election Results Mean

Birmingham voters had their say this week as they went to the polls to select a mayor, city council and school board members. Many incumbents returned to office, with the exception of the Birmingham Board of Education, which will see a wave of new blood. We take a look at the post-election political scene with and Birmingham News columnist John Archibald.

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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.

New Schools Chief Steps Into Turbulent Education Climate

Alabama has a new public schools chief. Last week, the State Board of Education selected Michael Sentance. He’s the former Secretary of Education of Massachusetts and worked with the U.S. Department of Education. But he’s never been a classroom teacher or principal and he was chosen over three Alabama candidates. That has some in the education community in an uproar. We talk about the situation with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.

Hate-filled Heckling in the Name of Religion

The hearing Monday for suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore sparked disturbing heckles directed at members of the LGBT community. Moore supporters chanted anti-gay slurs and mocked a speaker attempting to give an emotional testimony. For more on this and other news, we turn to John Archibald, columnist for the Alabama Media Group.

What do we Learn from a Church Bomber’s Denied Parole?

Thomas Blanton will stay in jail. He’s the last remaining Klansman convicted for Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing which killed four black girls in 1963. Blanton was up for parole Wednesday after serving 15 years of his four life sentences. But the state’s parole board did not free Blanton. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald reflects on the hearing and also comments on Alabama’s likely new Speaker of the Alabama House Mac McCutcheon.

Many Unknowns Around Governor’s Call for a Lottery

Proponents of a lottery in Alabama received a notable boost this week after Governor Robert Bentley announced he would call a special session on that issue. He wants lawmakers to pass a measure to create a lottery which would then have to be approved by voters. Bentley says it’s up to voters to decide but calls a lottery the best remaining way to deal with persistent budget crises. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald offers his take on the proposal.

Finding a Way to Talk About Racial Inequality in Alabama, U.S.

It’s time to speak of reparations. That’s the headline of the latest column by’s John Archibald. The piece comes following the turbulent and deadly events involving black men and law enforcement in Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota. A discussion about this controversial column.