Category: Primary

Off to the races: 2018 Alabama contests take shape
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Off to the races: 2018 Alabama contests take shape

MOMTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama political parties on Friday closed out qualifying for the 2018 elections, with several notable last-minute entries in the primaries. On the Democratic side, Joseph Siegelman, the son of former Gov. Don Siegelman, filed paperwork to run for attorney general as a Democrat. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bob Vance announced a...

List of Qualified Candidates for Statewide & Congressional Races
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List of Qualified Candidates for Statewide & Congressional Races

Governor – Republican  Kay Ivey (I), Bill Hightower, Tommy Battle, Michael McCallister, Scott Dawson, Slade Blackwell Governor – Democrat  Sue Bell Cobb, James Fields, Walt Maddox, Anthony White, Chris Countryman, Doug Smith. Lt. Governor – Republican  Twinkle Cavanaugh, Rusty Glover, Will Ainsworth, Lt. Governor – Democrat Will Boyd Attorney General – Republican  Steve Marshall (I),...

Buoyed by Jones’ win, Democrats look to rebirth
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Buoyed by Jones’ win, Democrats look to rebirth

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) — Fresh off U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’ history-making upset over Republican Roy Moore, Alabama Democrats have found something they have lacked for a long time: hope. Democrats have newfound optimism and energy heading into the 2018 elections after Jones became the first Alabama Democrat elected to the U.S....

The Latest: Blackwell running for governor
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The Latest: Blackwell running for governor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on qualifying for 2018 elections (all times local): 6:06 p.m. State Sen. Slade Blackwell is running for governor. The Alabama Republican Party indicated Friday that Blackwell had filed paperwork to run for governor. The Mountain Brook Republican joins a crowded GOP field challenging Republican incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey in...

Kelly getting scrutiny after senior aide’s resignation
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Kelly getting scrutiny after senior aide’s resignation

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure mounted on White House chief of staff John Kelly as questions swirled Friday about his defense of a senior aide he fought to keep in a highly sensitive West Wing job despite accusations of spousal abuse from two ex-wives. White House staff...

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Daily News Digest – February 9, 2018

Good morning!  Hope you’ve had your coffee. There’s a lot to talk about in your Daily News Digest for Friday, February 9.  1. Buckle up for a wild day Today is the last day for candidates to qualify for the Alabama Republican and Democratic 2018 primary elections. Buckle up because it’s going to be a wild ride....

Congress votes to reopen government, passes budget deal
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Congress votes to reopen government, passes budget deal

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved swiftly early Friday to reopen the federal government and pass a $400 billion budget deal, overcoming opposition from both liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives to endorse enormous spending increases despite looming trillion-dollar deficits. The 240-186 vote came in the pre-dawn hours, putting to bed...

The Latest: Omarosa says she wouldn’t vote for Trump again
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The Latest: Omarosa says she wouldn’t vote for Trump again

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Omarosa Manigault Newman on “Celebrity Big Brother” (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Former reality TV star and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman says she would never again vote for President Donald Trump. Manigault Newman made the remark Thursday on “Celebrity Big Brother.” Manigault Newman was an assistant...

Frontier Airlines to bring $39 flights from Birmingham
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Frontier Airlines to bring $39 flights from Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Frontier Airlines will begin direct flights from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on April 11. At a news conference Thursday, Al.com reports the airline will offer direct service to Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia from Birmingham. Introductory prices will start at $39 and must be purchased by Feb. 12. Flights to and from Denver...

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Judge sets prison deadline on mentally ill inmates

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge presiding in a lawsuit involving mental health treatment in Alabama prisons is giving officials until Friday to move mentally ill inmates who’ve been held too long in single-person cells. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued the order Thursday following a hearing where inmate attorneys argued that mentally ill...