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Britt wins tumultuous Alabama Senate race scrambled by Trump
Associated Press, Jill Colvin & Kim ChandlerJune 21, 2022

Katie Britt won the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama Tuesday, defeating six-term Rep. Mo Brooks in a primary runoff after former President Donald Trump took the unusual step of rescinding his initial Brooks endorsement.

The loss ends a turbulent campaign that pit Brooks, a conservative firebrand who has spent more than a decade in Congress, against someone who has never held elected office. Brooks ran under the banner “MAGA Mo” and fully embraced Trump’s election lies. But that wasn’t enough for the former president, who initially backed Brooks in the race to replace Britt’s former boss, retiring Sen. Richard Shelby, but then pulled his support as Brooks languished in the polls.

The race was among a handful of contests held Tuesday at the midpoint of a primary season that has been shaped by Trump’s effort to influence the GOP.

Democratic candidate Yolanda Flowers to face incumbent Kay Ivey in governor race
Alabama Political Reporter, Jacob HolmesJune 22, 2022

Yolanda Flowers will square off with incumbent Governor Kay Ivey in November after defeating Malika Sanders-Fortier in the lone Democratic runoff Tuesday night.

Flowers secured about 55 percent of the vote Tuesday, beating Sanders-Fortier by a solid 10 percentage points.

“I thank God for everything he’s done for us tonight, but the race isn’t over,” she told AL.com Tuesday night. “We still must continue on to encourage our citizens how important it is to vote for the betterment of our state.”

Flowers led the primary as well but had a much smaller lead over Sanders-Fortier. She had received 33.8 percent of the vote while Sanders-Fortier had secured 32.5 percent.

Five Things You Need to Know About Alabama’s New Medical Marijuana Law
Birmingham Watch, Miranda FulmoreJune 3, 2021

Last month, Gov. Kay Ivey signed Alabama’s first-ever medical marijuana law. The 100-page document can be a little daunting, so we read through it and pulled out the highlights.

What Will the Law Do, and How Do You Get Approved?
The law legalizes medical marijuana for adults and minors with certain conditions under a doctor’s recommendation. To get legally approved to use the drug, you have to visit a doctor who has a current license to practice medicine in Alabama and has passed an exam on medical marijuana.

With a doctor’s recommendation and proof of an Alabama residency, you can pay to apply for a medical marijuana card. The fee won’t exceed $65. If you’re approved, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission will enter your information into the statewide cannabis patient registry system. That’s when you can start buying the prescriptive amount from a licensed dispensary.

But what about minors? Anyone under 19 years old has to go through the same process. They also need a designated caregiver who is authorized to buy and administer the drug. Both the caregiver and the minor have to be a resident of Alabama and be registered with the state cannabis commission.

For those who wondered whether the oldest sitting governor in the United States would seek four more years in office, Kay Ivey has provided her answer.

Ivey announced Wednesday that she will seek a second full term in the 2022 gubernatorial election. The announcement came in a video posted on her campaign website, https://kayivey.com/, and on YouTube.

In her video, Ivey touted the accomplishments of her administration since 2017, with a handful of her famous homespun expressions thrown in for good measure, including one of her most famous lines: “There’s no step too high for a high-stepper.”