Archive for July, 2014

July 31, 2014

If race was a major issue in 1958, being the racist candidate in 1962 was the only way to be elected governor. With this issue in hand and Wallace’s love for campaigning and remembering names, he would have beaten anybody that year. Big Jim was really no match for Wallace because Big Jim had always […]

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July 24, 2014

The 1962 Governor’s Race really began in 1958. The Governor’s office and the race for it was the big show in Alabama politics in that era. Being a U.S. Senator was secondary in Alabama politics. Governor is still probably the most important and glamorous political position today, but it certainly was at that time. Television […]

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July 17, 2014

As the 1958 Governor’s race dawned the shadow of Big Jim Folsom loomed over the scene. Even though Big Jim could not be on the ballot, because the Alabama Constitution prohibited a governor from succeeding himself, his larger than life presence was pervasive. Although Big Jim was prohibited from seeking a record third term in […]

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July 10, 2014

If you think the turnout was low for the June 3 primary, “then you ain’t seen nothing yet.”  The runoff primary is next Tuesday.  The prognostication is for a paltry five percent statewide voter participation. Pundits and columnists should not chastise the average Alabama voter because, for the most part, he or she does not […]

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July 03, 2014

When talk turns to politics in Alabama it usually leads to the Governor’s race. It does not matter if the Governor’s race is four years away, political gossip starts early as to who will run for Governor. In Alabama politics the Governor’s office is the brass ring. As each new race approaches it is talked […]

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