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McCutcheon elected speaker as special session begins

Alabama lawmakers on Monday opened a special session focused on a state lottery and Medicaid funding with the election of a new speaker in the House of Representatives.

House members elected Rep. Mac McCutcheon, a Republican from Capshaw, as the new speaker on a 68-28 vote. McCutcheon replaces ousted Speaker Mike Hubbard who was automatically removed from office in June after being convicted on ethics charges.

McCutcheon, a retired investigator with the Huntsville police department, did not name Hubbard but promised a break with the strong-armed leadership style of the past and said he would work to regain trust.

"To put it bluntly, the days of the imperial...

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