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Trump commutes term of Alabama drug offender after Kardashian champions her cause
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Trump commutes term of Alabama drug offender after Kardashian champions her cause

By JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing his clemency powers once again, President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West. “BEST NEWS EVER!!!!” was the exuberant Twitter response from Kardashian West, who visited the White House...

In House runoff, Trump loyalty takes center stage
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In House runoff, Trump loyalty takes center stage

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press TROY, Ala. (AP) — Two years after withdrawing election support for Donald Trump because of his comments about women, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama has been forced into a runoff with a former congressman that will gauge what is the bigger political sin for a Republican in a Deep South...

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Alabama sheriff loses election amid jail program criticism

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff who was criticized for making money from the county jail’s food program has been defeated in a primary election. In Alabama, it’s possible for sheriffs to personally profit from jail meals. In many cases, the less a sheriff spends on feeding inmates, the more he or she can...

Will Paul Ryan’s retirement be a chance to change the House?
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Will Paul Ryan’s retirement be a chance to change the House?

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring and there’s no guaranteed successor. And whichever party emerges from the November election in control of the House isn’t expected to have a big majority. It’s a recipe for upheaval, though one outside group sees a once-in-a-generation opportunity for lawmakers to...

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Governor: Ivey, Maddox win primaries, will face off in November

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has clinched the Republican nomination for governor without a runoff. Ivey won winner Tuesday after beating back a field of GOP challengers. She is seeking to win the office in her own right after becoming governor 14 months ago when her scandal-battered predecessor, Robert Bentley, resigned. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist...

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Congress: Roby, Bright headed to runoff

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby has been forced into a runoff in Alabama’s Republican primary after challengers blasted her 2016 criticism of Donald Trump. Roby faces Bobby Bright in a July runoff in Alabama’s conservative 2nd district — where Trump loyalty has been a central issue. Roby is a four-term incumbent. In campaigning for Tuesday’s primary,...

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Attorney General: Marshall, King go to runoff

The Republican primary for attorney general is headed to a runoff between current Attorney General Steve Marshall and former Attorney General Troy King. Marshall and King topped a field of four Republicans vying for the nomination. The runoff will be July 17. Marshall was appointed to the position last year. King held the office for...

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Lt. Governor: Cavanaugh, Ainsworth head to runoff

Alabama Public Service Commission president Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Rep. Will Ainsworth of Guntersville will face off in a runoff for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Neither candidate managed to secure 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s race which also featured Sen. Rusty Glover of Mobile. The Republican nominee will face Democratic minister...

Treasurer: John McMillan wins
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Treasurer: John McMillan wins

Alabama’s current agriculture and industries commissioner, John McMillan, has won the GOP nomination for state treasurer. No Democrats qualified, so winning the Republican nomination is tantamount to winning the election. McMillan was running against Colbert County Commissioner and college instructor David Black and financial planner Stephen Evans of Dothan. The office is now held by...

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Ag Commissioner: Pate, Dial headed to runoff

The race for the Republican nomination for commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is going to a runoff. State Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville will face Rick Pate, a farmer and businessman from Lowndesboro. Other Republicans in the primary election included Tracy “T.O.” Crane, a former FBI agent from Jefferson County who...