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US opens door to possible Trump-Putin White House meeting
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US opens door to possible Trump-Putin White House meeting

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration opened the door to a potential White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, raising the possibility of an Oval Office welcome for Putin for the first time in more than a decade even as relations between the two...

Daily News – April 2, 2018
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Daily News – April 2, 2018

Good morning! I hope you and your family had a great Easter. It’s Monday, April 2, and this is your Daily News. 1. Jacksonville & Calhoun County hoping for federal help with cleanup. Jacksonville and Calhoun County continue to clean up after the devastating storms that rolled through on March 19. Amazingly, there was no loss of life...

Legislature passes economic development bill after contentious debate
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Legislature passes economic development bill after contentious debate

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Legislature on Thursday gave final passage to a bill seeking to prevent a potential pitfall in the ethics law that state officials say could prevent Alabama from being considered for economic development projects. HR317, the Alabama Jobs Enhancement Act, now goes to Governor Kay...

Daily News Digest – March 29, 2018
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Daily News Digest – March 29, 2018

Good morning! Praise the Lord and pass the Cracker Jack, it’s Opening Day for Major League Baseball. Go Cubs Go. Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, March 29. 1. More like “Sine Don’t,” amirite? Bad blood in House / Senate delays session another day. Boy, that really escalated quickly.  State lawmakers have been talking for weeks about how the relative...

More like ‘Sine Don’t.” House / Senate feud delays session another day
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More like ‘Sine Don’t.” House / Senate feud delays session another day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – State lawmakers have been talking for weeks about how the relative harmony and productivity of this year’s session would allow them to take care of business and adjourn five days early, saving taxpayers money and making most folks happy. Hold your horses on that. On Wednesday, simmering bitterness between the House and...

Column: A good year for funding at state, federal levels
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Column: A good year for funding at state, federal levels

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News It was a good week for budgets impacting Alabama. At the State House in Montgomery, Gov. Kay Ivey signed the $2 billion General Fund budget into law and negotiators are putting the final touches on the $6.6 billion Education Trust Fund budget.   A fortunate financial year meant state lawmakers got to...

Gov. Ivey signs rural broadband bill into law
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Gov. Ivey signs rural broadband bill into law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Rural Broadband Act is now law, authorizing a new fund and grant program that will be used to expand access to broadband internet in rural communities. Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed SB149, legislation sponsored by Sen. Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) and Rep. Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva). “The internet is vital to...

Daily News Digest – March 28, 2018
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Daily News Digest – March 28, 2018

 Good morning! It’s Wednesday, March 28, and this is your Daily News. 1. Big day for BHAM: Stadium, BJCC upgrades are going to happen.  Last week, the State Legislature did its part. Yesterday, the Birmingham City Council stepped up and did theirs, and now a new downtown stadium and makeover for the BJCC complex will become a reality. The new...

State of play on the Legislature’s (maybe) last day
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State of play on the Legislature’s (maybe) last day

Not so fast, my friends. That was Senate Minority Leader Rodger Smitherman’s message to his colleagues Tuesday night as many in the Legislature were eager to vote on the remaining bills and adjourn for the year. By slowing down bills the majority wants (Education Trust Fund budget, Economic developer bill), Smitherman is using his leverage in the Senate...

Last days of session, part two
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Last days of session, part two

The prevailing narrative most of this session has been the lack of legislative drama. I’ve contributed to that in this space, and most recently in my column on what a great budget year it has been in Alabama (thx Sand Mountain Reporter for publishing). However, drama is starting to build around some “must-pass” legislation in these...

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Here we go: Last days of session, part one

By this time 48 hours from now, the 2018 Regular Session will be done-zo. Well, at least we think so. A few notes on timing… Most everyone believes lawmakers will meet today and tomorrow and be done with it. However, if they stay in session past midnight tomorrow, they make it so that any bill...

Daily News Digest – March 27, 2018
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Daily News Digest – March 27, 2018

 Good morning! Sorry I’m late. Lots of news today. It’s Tuesday, March 27, and this is your Daily News. Click to Subscribe for Free 1. Here we go: last days of session, part one By this time 48 hours from now, the 2018 Regular Session will be done-zo. Well, at least we think so. A few notes...

Daily News Digest – March 26, 2018
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Daily News Digest – March 26, 2018

Good morning! This is your Daily News for Monday, March 26.  1. Milton McGregor dead at 78 Alabama dog track and casino magnate Milton McGregor has died at the age of 78. The Victoryland owner had a long, indelible impact on Alabama politics. With beginnings in the video arcade business, McGregor would go on to build an empire...

Milton McGregor dead at 78
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Milton McGregor dead at 78

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama dog track and casino magnate Milton McGregor has died. McGregor, 78, passed away in his sleep last night, his representatives said. He is survived by Pat McGregor, his wife of 50 years, and their two grown daughters, Kim and Cindy. The Victoryland owner had a long, indelible impact on Alabama politics....

Daily News – March 23, 2018
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Daily News – March 23, 2018

Good morning! This is your Daily News for Friday, March 23.  1. Trump Tariffs Take Toll “This is what a trade war looks like.” Stock markets took a tumble Thursday, in large part due to fears that President Trump’s new trade policies will spark a debilitating trade war with China. The Dow fell by more than 700 points – it’s fifth...