- - Monday, November 5, 2012

HOOVER, Ala. — Alabama Republicans plan to hold their election night party at a gun range, where participants will be able to shoot a few rounds as returns come in.

The state Republican Party is inviting supporters to the 52,000-square-foot Hoover Tactical Firearms for a “victory party” Tuesday night.

The suburban Birmingham business sells firearms and it has ranges where people can shoot their own guns or guns available for rent.

A party announcement says the shooting ranges will be available for two hours during the election event. There will also be a band and an appearance by Miss Alabama.

Loaded guns will be allowed only on the firing range and a party spokeswoman says drinking won’t be allowed while people are shooting.

Republicans are expecting GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to easily carry Alabama.


Jay-Z opens for Obama, puts Romney in lyrics

COLUMBUS — Jay-Z has a fix for his lyrics that meets parental guidance requirements — and President Obama’s approval.

The rapper and producer performed his hit “99 Problems” as he and Bruce Springsteen opened for an Obama rally in Columbus, Ohio. He changed a key word that rhymes with “witch” to make his own political endorsement. He sang: “I got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one.”

Mr. Springsteen performed first, as he did earlier Monday in Madison, Wis.

Jay-Z said Mr. Obama asked him whether he would join him and Mr. Springsteen at a rally.

He said he replied: “Michelle is coming?” The first lady was to join her husband until later Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mr. Obama assured the crowd that both performers are on his iPod.


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