House of Representatives approves gun rights constitutional amendment

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The House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon approved a constitutional amendment that would require state courts to apply a “strict scrutiny” standard to any gun control laws that may be passed in the future. The measure passed the House 76 to 22, but not before procedural moves that provoked anger from Democrats.  After Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, [...]

Lawmaker makes it official, enters 2014 race

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People who have spent any time with state Rep. John Merrill knew he would eventually run for higher office. This week, the freshman Republican made that official with stops in several cities to announce he is running for secretary of state – an office he said he has been eyeing since he was 14. Merrill’s [...]