Category: Primary

New US strategy foresees sensors in space to track missiles
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New US strategy foresees sensors in space to track missiles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. Details about the administration’s Missile Defense Review — the first compiled since 2010 —...

Bonner named Ivey’s chief of staff
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Bonner named Ivey’s chief of staff

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Former Congressman Jo Bonner has been named as Gov. Kay Ivey’s new chief of staff. Ivey announced the change Tuesday, a day after her inauguration for her first full term. Steve Pelham, Ivey’s longtime chief of staff, is leaving be Auburn University’s vice president for economic development and chief of staff to...

Alabama House releases committee assignments
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Alabama House releases committee assignments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama House of Representatives has released standing committee assignments for the 2019 Regular Session. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R – Monrovia) said representatives were given assignments that meet their interests and skillsets. “Most of the hard, complex, and important work of vetting and amending the measures that come before the House is...

House rebukes GOP’s Steve King over racist remarks
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House rebukes GOP’s Steve King over racist remarks

By LAURIE KELLMAN and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic measure rebuking Republican Rep. Steve King for his comments about white supremacy won easy approval Tuesday in the House. In a twist, the nine-term Iowa congressman was among those supporting the measure of disapproval, which was adopted, 424-1. King said he agreed with...

Congress prepares to skip planned recess if shutdown goes on
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Congress prepares to skip planned recess if shutdown goes on

By LISA MASCARO, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring down the next deadline to pay federal workers, the White House shifted tactics, trying to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate with rank-and-file lawmakers even as President Donald Trump dug in for a prolonged shutdown. The House and Senate announced Tuesday...

Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist
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Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing “I will not be bullied,” President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch hunt...

Judge voids Alabama law protecting Confederate monuments
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Judge voids Alabama law protecting Confederate monuments

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge has overturned an Alabama law meant to prevent the removal of Confederate monuments from public property, ruling the act infringed on the rights of citizens in a mostly black city who are “repulsed” by a memorial in a city park. The 10-page ruling issued late...

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Major Pepsi bottler in Alabama sues over territory

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — One of the nation’s largest Pepsi bottlers has filed suit against PepsiCo over its franchise territory. The Birmingham-based Buffalo Rock Co. says in a news release it has tried for years without success to resolve differences with PepsiCo. The bottler says it filed suit in state court in Birmingham on Tuesday....

Mo Brooks calls out Democrats on border security
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Mo Brooks calls out Democrats on border security

Congressman Mo Brooks delivered an impassioned speech from the House floor Tuesday, blasting House Democrats for not taking border security seriously enough. Brooks shared personal stories of individuals who had been killed by illegal immigrants, including four from Huntsville. Oralia Mendoza and her 13-year-old granddaughter, Mariah Lopez, were brutalized and murdered by members of a...

Ivey takes the oath amid Alabama fanfare
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Ivey takes the oath amid Alabama fanfare

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Gov. Kay Ivey was sworn into office Monday morning on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol. Ivey’s swearing in marked her official start to her first full term as governor as first Republican woman to be elected to the office in Alabama. Ivey remarked on this historic accomplishment at...