Category: Primary

Daily News Digest – March 6, 2018
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Daily News Digest – March 6, 2018

Good morning! Here is your Daily News for Tuesday, March 6.  1. Cochran retirement ushers in Shelby’s rise, amirite? Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran announced he will retire effective April 5 due to health reasons. While that might not seem like the top story in Alabama, remember that Cochran is the current chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. That...

Weekly Column: Broadband, ethics, school safety are issues to watch in Legislature’s 2nd half
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Weekly Column: Broadband, ethics, school safety are issues to watch in Legislature’s 2nd half

By Todd Stacy The 2018 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature passed its halfway point last week and, with no major budget fights on the horizon, non-financial issues are expected to dominate the remaining days of the session. Broadband Internet Lawmakers representing rural Alabama communities are teaming up to make a major push for expanding...

Republicans want Trump to back off his tariff proposal
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Republicans want Trump to back off his tariff proposal

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public confrontation, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump pleaded with him Monday to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade war. Trump retorted: “We’re not backing down.” The president said U.S....

In reversal, former Trump aide says he’ll probably cooperate
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In reversal, former Trump aide says he’ll probably cooperate

By JILL COLVIN and TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign aide spent much of the day promising to defy a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller, even throwing down the challenge to “arrest me,” then backed off his defiance by saying he would probably cooperate in the end. In an interview...

Attorney: Inmate endured ‘torture’ before execution halted
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Attorney: Inmate endured ‘torture’ before execution halted

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer for an Alabama inmate whose lethal injection was halted after staffers could not connect an intravenous line argued Monday that his client should not face a second date in the death chamber. Attempting to execute Doyle Lee Hamm a second time would violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel...

School safety, guns bills face tight deadline in Alabama
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School safety, guns bills face tight deadline in Alabama

By MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Multiple school safety and gun control bills in the Alabama legislature are stalled and face a tight deadline before the end of the legislative session. Lawmakers have introduced six bills since the Parkland, Florida, school massacre ranging from arming teachers to banning the sale of assault weapons....

Gubernatorial candidate Cobb: Alabama can do better
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Gubernatorial candidate Cobb: Alabama can do better

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a Monday night rally to kick off her campaign for governor, former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb said Alabama is suffering from “failed leadership” and stressed her support for a state lottery. “If you’re tired of the corrupt politics that’s been going on, join us. If you’re tired of...

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UCF championship license plate part of transportation bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Fans of UCF’s football team are close to having a Florida license plate celebrating the Knights’ 2017 undefeated season and claim as national champions. The license plate, which has the school’s logo and says Undefeated Champions, was part of a large transportation bill that was passed by the state’s House of...

Complaint filed against key PAC in Alabama Senate race
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Complaint filed against key PAC in Alabama Senate race

BY KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A complaint filed Monday accuses a super PAC that spent millions of dollars to support Doug Jones in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race of breaking campaign finance law by failing to disclose donors until after the election. The complaint against Highway 31 political action committee was filed with...

The Latest: Trump: ‘Not backing down’ on tariffs
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The Latest: Trump: ‘Not backing down’ on tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and trade (all times local): 12:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says “we’re not backing down” on his push to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum despite criticism from fellow Republicans. The president says during an Oval Office meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that...