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.

Corruption Probe Moves Beyond Indicted Former State Lawmaker
07-20-2017

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses what could be next now that indicted former state lawmaker Oliver Robinson is cooperating with prosecutors in a bribery scandal.

Revisiting Birmingham’s Bid to Host the Democratic National Convention
07-13-2017

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald explains why he believes the City of Birmingham’s bid to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016 wasn’t really about landing the convention.

Tuscaloosa Law Enforcement and University of Alabama Accused of Mishandling Alleged Rape
07-6-2017

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses the case of Megan Rondini. The former University of Alabama student was allegedly raped and later committed suicide after the family says the university and law enforcement botched her case.

Is Robinson Indictment the Beginning of “Alabama’s Watergate?”
06-29-2017

Alabama is currently waiting to see what happens next in the situation involving former state Rep. Oliver Robinson. He pleaded guilty last week to federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, tax evasion and wire fraud. AL.com’s John Archibald thinks there may be more indictments to come.

Investigation Shows State School Board Member Conspired Against Superintendent Candidate
06-22-2017

The Alabama Board of Education accepted a report Wednesday that found five people, including a state school board member, conspired to keep a leading candidate from being chosen as state superintendent last year.