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Weekend Digest- August 5, 2018
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Weekend Digest- August 5, 2018

An attempt was made on Venezuelan President Maduro’s life yesterday, but he survived. I’m Caroline Beck, all that and more on today’s digest for August 5, 2018. 1. Attack on Venezuelan President Maduro A drone carrying explosives erupted yesterday in front of the Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro while he was speaking in front of hundreds of soldiers. Maduro said he...

Ivey targets Maddox on Tuscaloosa gun control policies
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Ivey targets Maddox on Tuscaloosa gun control policies

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Governor Kay Ivey’s campaign released a statement this week attacking her opponent, Democratic nominee Walt Maddox, over his past record with gun control policies while mayor of Tuscaloosa. Ivey specifically points to instances when Maddox and the City Council banned guns in city-owned facilities in Tuscaloosa. When reached for...

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New Kay Ivey Ad Highlights Education Initiatives

By: CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey’s campaign on Thursday released its first TV ad for the general election highlighting Ivey’s past experience as a teacher and touting her commitment to improving Alabama schools. The ad shows Ivey in a classroom discussing how her experience as a former teacher allows...

Gun control issue enters race for Governor with “Moms Demand Action” distinction
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Gun control issue enters race for Governor with “Moms Demand Action” distinction

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox has received the distinction as a “”Gun Sense Candidate” from the group Moms Demand Action, and Gov. Kay Ivey’s campaign is attempting to use that to its advantage. Moms Demand Action was formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting to support “common sense gun...

Shelby meets with Kavanaugh, shows support
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Shelby meets with Kavanaugh, shows support

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby met with Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh Monday and offered his unequivocal support, saying the judge is a great selection for the benhc because he will uphold conservative values on the court. “After speaking with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, I am confident that he is principled,...

Weekend Digest, July 29, 2018
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Weekend Digest, July 29, 2018

Hello! Welcome to another weekend edition of the Daily Digest. The worst thing about Sunday afternoons is knowing Monday morning is coming. But at least you’ll be informed as you start the week! I’m Caroline Beck and here is your Daily News weekender for July 29, 2018. 1. To Debate or Not to Debate? Democratic candidate...

What’s the Big Deal With Debates?
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What’s the Big Deal With Debates?

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Since most of this week’s political talk has been consumed about the possibility of debates between Governor Kay Ivey and Democratic nominee Walt Maddox, let’s take a closer look at the history of governor’s race debates and how debating or not debating has affected the outcome. Now just to...

Maddox calls for ethics reforms, Ivey says they’re done
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Maddox calls for ethics reforms, Ivey says they’re done

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The debate over debates has largely consumed the governor’s race for the past week as Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has aggressively pushed the issue in the press. The back and forth has produced the general election campaign’s first discussion about actual policy: ethics. Maddox unveiled a...

Gov. Ivey Responds to Maddox’s Call for Debates
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Gov. Ivey Responds to Maddox’s Call for Debates

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Tuscaloosa Mayor and Democratic Nominee for governor Walt Maddox on Tuesday sent a formal invitation to Gov. Kay Ivey’s office asking if she would participate in four different debates before the general election in November. Ivey’s campaign responded by saying that Maddox should first declare what...

Counting the votes: provisional ballots could determine two House races
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Counting the votes: provisional ballots could determine two House races

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Last week, the Alabama primary runoffs produced clear cut Republican and Democratic nominees who will move on to the general election in November. But, not every race has been settled yet. Runoff elections for two Alabama House of Representatives districts, 38 and 102, are so close that provisional ballots...

Roby defeats Bright for lopsided Congressional runoff win
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Roby defeats Bright for lopsided Congressional runoff win

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won her primary runoff in convincing fashion Tuesday defeating former Congressman Bobby Bright by a 68 to 32 percent margin. Roby will face Democratic nominee Tabitha Isner in the general election. The race garnered significant national attention due to Roby withdrawing her support of Donald Trump before the...

Ainsworth defeats Cavanaugh in Lt. Gov race
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Ainsworth defeats Cavanaugh in Lt. Gov race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In a close and heated race for Lieutenant Governor, State Rep. Will Ainsworth defeated Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh in Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff. Ainsworth won 51.49 percent of the vote to Cavanaugh’s 48.51 percent. The race became especially intense toward the end as both campaigns exchanged accusations and name-calling over...

Runoffs: Legislative races to watch Tuesday
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Runoffs: Legislative races to watch Tuesday

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – With the heated statewide and congressional races dominating the news coverage, it might be easy to forget that a number of key legislative seats are also up in Tuesday’s primary runoffs. On the Democratic side, one Senate seat and five House seats are headed to runoffs....

Lt. Governor candidates make their pitch
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Lt. Governor candidates make their pitch

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – With the Alabama runoff primary elections just days away, Alabama voters have been inundated with negative attack ads. The race between Twinkle Cavanaugh and Will Ainsworth has seen its fair share of mudslinging and name calling. But, now that it’s getting down to the wire, Alabama...

Troy University Chancellor Endorses Dial
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Troy University Chancellor Endorses Dial

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala.- The Chancellor of Troy University, Jack Hawkins, officially announced his endorsement of Gerald Dial for the nomination of Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries for the GOP on Thursday. Hawkins highlighted Dial’s background as an educator as as an example of what sets him apart as a public...