The three-term incumbent’s decision ends a five-week election saga that began when Hovey, an Auburn City Council member beat Whatley by four votes on election night.
Kenney not being registered, though she attempted to do so when she applied for an Alabama license, has created a lot of angst within the state GOP. Some behind the scenes have said it can’t call itself the party of election integrity while hanging this race on a ballot cast by an unregistered voter.
State Finance Director Bill Poole told reporters that the state had hoped to "sell a little bit more" but officials were pleased with the result. He said the outcome would not impact the construction and the state still anticipated opening the prisons in 2026. He said the state will look at options for the remainder of the money, including seeking additional funding from the Alabama Legislature or conducting another bond issue when conditions are more favorable.
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According to the Libertarian Party of Alabama’s website, “The Libertarian Party of Alabama is committed to America’s heritage of freedom: Individual liberty and personal responsibility, a free market economy of abundance and prosperity, and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade.”
Cipollone is said to have stridently and repeatedly warned the former president and his allies against their efforts to challenge the election, at one point threatening to resign as Trump eyed a dramatic reshuffling atop the Justice Department. One witness said Cipollone referred to a proposed letter making false claims about voter fraud as a "murder-suicide pact." Another witness said Cipollone had warned her that Trump was at risk of committing "every crime imaginable."
The U.S. State Department said it was looking into reports that Russian or Russian-backed separatist forces in Ukraine had captured at least two American citizens. If confirmed, they would be the first Americans fighting for Ukraine known to have been captured since the war began Feb. 24.
Jay Hovey, the Auburn city councilman who defeated incumbent State Sen. Tom Whatley by one vote in the May 24 Republican primary election, has formally requested that the Alabama Republican Party reconsider its June 25 decision to declare the race a tie after counting a previously invalidated provisional ballot.
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