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Daily News Digest – February 26, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 26, 2018

Good morning. Please keep Rep. Allen Treadaway and his family in your prayers. In case you haven’t heard the terrible news, his daughter Kelsey was killed yesterday in a tragic car accident. We are all thinking of you and praying for you, Mr. Treadaway.  1. ALGOP bats 2-for-2 The Alabama Republican Party went two-for-two this weekend on decisions...

Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus
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Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite a long list of proposals, including many from President Donald Trump. Republican leaders have...

Daily News Digest – February 23, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 23, 2018

Good morning and Happy Friday! Y’all said more West Wing gifs so that’s what you get, even if they are non sequitur. Here is your Daily News. 1. It doesn’t feel like winter  Today Republicans from all around the state will begin to gather in Montgomery for the ALGOP Winter Dinner/Meeting. The dinner is always fun, but this year the meeting promises to be...

Marsh introduces AG’s ethics overhaul
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Marsh introduces AG’s ethics overhaul

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A long-anticipated proposed update of the state’s ethics code from Attorney General Steve Marshall has been introduced in the Alabama Legislature. Senate President Del Marsh today filed SB383, sweeping legislation drafted by the Attorney General’s office and intended to clear up confusion and close potential loopholes in...

Daily News Digest – February 22, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 22, 2018

Good morning! This from Max Lucado was the best thing I read yesterday on the life and legacy of the great Billy Graham. Here is your Daily News Digest for Thursday, February 22.  1. Bright ballot challenge brings intrigue Erstwhile and hope-to-be-once-again Congressman Bobby Brightconfirmed to WSFA that the ALGOP State Executive Committee will have a hearing Saturday afternoon on the challenge...

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Judges seek more information on planned Alabama execution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Federal judges are seeking more information about an upcoming Alabama execution in which the state plans to connect the lethal injection line through the inmate’s leg. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked Wednesday for additional information as they weigh a request from Doyle Lee Hamm to block his execution....

Conservative legal community backs slate of candidates
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Conservative legal community backs slate of candidates

The Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee (ACJRC) released its endorsements for the 2018 primaries yesterday. ACJRC is a coalition of conservative-minded trade associations and companies that advocates for judicial policies that aren’t prejudicial to businesses, such as tort reform. “The people of Alabama are indeed fortunate to have such an outstanding group of experienced leaders...

Daily News Digest – February 21, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 21, 2018

Good morning! Here is your Daily News Digest for Wednesday, February 21.  1. In their own words: GOP candidates make their pitch Would you like to watch a lot of candidates for statewide office pitch their case in short videos all in one place? I got you.  The Butler County Republican Party hosted a candidate forum inviting those running for statewide office and Congress...

In their own words: candidates make their pitch in Butler County
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In their own words: candidates make their pitch in Butler County

As Butler County GOP Chairman Cleve Poole put it, Greenville was “the place to be” last night. The Butler County Republican Party hosted a candidate forum Tuesday night inviting those running for statewide office and Congress to address the local GOP faithful and visit with them one-on-one. Not all candidates could make it, but it...

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...