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Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks
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Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to “ban all devices” like the rapid-fire bump stocks involved in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. Seeking to show action days after a deadly school shooting in...

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Daily News Digest – February 20, 2018

Good morning! It is February 20th and my car is completely covered in pollen. Here’s to the impending allergy bonanza. Here is your Daily News Digest.  1. Legislature is back The Legislature returns today for the 13th day of the 2018 Regular Session. Here is what to expect in both chambers… Senate The General Fund budget will be on floor today in...

Guns, school safety rile Lt. Governor race
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Guns, school safety rile Lt. Governor race

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News It’s getting a little chippy in the race for Alabama Lt. Governor as the leading candidates respond to the gun and school safety issues. After the tragic massacre last week that saw 17 students shot and killed at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the national political debate has been...

For Republicans, a turning point on identity, direction
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For Republicans, a turning point on identity, direction

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News Don’t misinterpret Democratic Senator Doug Jones’s recent election win as a paradigm shift in Alabama politics. The Republican Party still holds sway in the state: all statewide constitutional offices are held by Republicans; all nine Supreme Court justices are Republicans; and both chambers of the state legislature are ruled...

Cool Statehouse Race Infographics from Paul Shashy, BIG Communications
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Cool Statehouse Race Infographics from Paul Shashy, BIG Communications

Paul Shashy over at BIG Communications Public Affairs put together some good looking infographics showing the how the House and Senate races breakdown in terms of incumbents, open seats and qualified candidates. If you are interested in products like this, give Paul a shout at Shashy@bigcom.com. Click on the images to open the infographic. House breakdown...

Daily News Digest – February 19, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 19, 2018

Good morning and Happy President’s Day! Who is your favorite president in history? Favorite living president? Fiercest military commander-turned POTUS? Tell me in this fun online poll. Here is your Daily News Digest for Monday, February 19.  1. Big day in Mobile It’s going to be a busy day for politics and media in Mobile. Gov. Kay Ivey continues her campaign rollout there...

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Fundraising report: Senate Majority

Of the 25 Republicans in the Alabama State Senate, nine are not running for reelection. These “open seats” create interesting opportunities for ambitious newcomers because running for an open seat is much a more manageable feat than challenging an incumbent. Here’s a brief rundown of the current cash on hand numbers for the nine open...

Daily News Digest – February 16, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 16, 2018

Good morning and Happy Friday! This is your Daily News Digest for February 16.  1. Talking about guns The school shooting in Florida has a lot of folks talking about guns again. These are the names and faces of those who were murdered by a psychopath Wednesday. “Do something” is the oft-repeated mantra to Congress and the president. But, do what, exactly? It’s...

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Trump to tackle mental health, school safety – but not guns

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the nation united and grieving with “one heavy heart,” President Donald Trump is promising to tackle school safety and “the difficult issue of mental health” in response to the deadly shooting in Florida. He made no mention of the scourge of gun violence. Not always a natural...

Watchdog’s report faults VA chief over Europe trip expenses
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Watchdog’s report faults VA chief over Europe trip expenses

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and his staff made “false representations” to justify his wife accompanying him at taxpayer expense on an 11-day European trip that mixed business and sightseeing, according to an internal investigation. The report released Wednesday said Shulkin should reimburse...