Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, the presumed next speaker of the Alabama House, announced Wednesday a third round of intended committee chair appointments.

The Club for Growth's recent $50,000 contribution to new House Majority Leader Scott Stadthagen’s STACK PAC comes after the D.C.-based group's attack on U.S. Sen.-elect Katie Britt in the last election.

Heflin resident Chad Robertson, 44, a former executive director of the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce, said he believes that experience has helped prepare him for the next job he seeks, that of representative for Alabama House District 40.

The well-attended longtime crafts-and-music attraction in downtown Oxford gave Republican Keith Kelley and Democrat Danny McCullars an opportunity to see which way the political winds were blowing.

Alabama Republican Party leadership wants Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Legislature to require party registration prior to elections and to close primaries in the state.

Rep. Andrew Sorrell and pastor Stan Cooke are trying to convince voters why the state auditor is a critical role in Alabama government and why they’re the best person for the job.

After Tuesday’s results were reported, Gidley had 4,006 votes, Grant 3,924. The district includes parts of Calhoun and Etowah counties. Gidley won Calhoun County, 1,620-1,408.

 The May 24 GOP primary ballot has three candidates vying to be the state’s next auditor, a job that will likely include defending the very existence of the office to lawmakers looking to eliminate it to save money.