The Year in Alabama Politics

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Alabama’s political world is finishing 2016 in quite a different place from where we started the year. Scandals rocked all three branches of government. We also went through a presidential election in which voters picked Donald Trump for the White House, a decision that sent ripples through state politics. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses all this political change.

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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 AL.com and The Birmingham News' John Archibald. He discusses the city, county and state politics in forums large and small.

Political Shock Waves Still Reverberate a Year into the Bentley Scandal
03-23-2017

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses the year since accusations Governor Robert Bentley had an affair became public.

Birmingham Water Works Pension Loses Millions in Fraud Scheme
03-16-2017

The Birmingham Water Works pension fund lost more than $4 million in what’s described as a “Ponzi-style” scheme. The scheme spans from New York financial types to an Indian tribe in South Dakota to the Cayman Islands.

Transcript Puts Indicted JeffCo District Attorney in a Tight Spot
03-9-2017

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses a transcript from the case that led to a perjury charge against Jefferson County’s suspended district attorney Charles Todd Henderson.

Alabama, the Second Amendment and Reason
02-23-2017

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses how Alabama political culture treats guns which he says is not reasonable.

New Alabama Attorney General Brings Renewed Attention to Bentley Investigation
02-16-2017

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses Alabama’s new attorney general and renewed efforts to investigate Governor Robert Bentley.