On busy qualifying day, former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith announces gubernatorial run

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One-time U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, a former Republican — and previously, a former Democrat — will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor. Griffith’s decision, made just 20 minutes before deadline, capped the qualification period for both parties, moved up two months this year due to overseas voting requirements. In Montgomery, there will be two [...]

Federal court upholds district lines for 2014

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A three-judge federal court Friday ruled that district lines approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2012 are constitutional, turning away challenges to the lines from the Alabama Democratic Conference and the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus. In a 173-page opinion, U.S. Circuit Judge William Pryor, a former Alabama Attorney General, found that districts created in 2001 [...]

Joe Reed responds to Mark Kennedy resigning, speaks to financial, personnel issues at Democratic Party

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Longtime Alabama Democratic Party leader Joe Reed said Friday that it was too soon to assess Mark Kennedy’s time as chairman of the party, but criticized some of his expenditures and handling of personnel issues. “His one thing – he had been a judge and judges are accustomed to giving orders. When you give it [...]

Alabama Democratic Conference files lawsuit against redistricting

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The Alabama Democratic Conference Thursday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s redistricting maps, charging they were drawn with the intent of minimizing minority participation in the voting process. The allegations raised in the complaint — filed against Gov. Robert Bentley and Secretary of State Beth Chapman — are similar to those raised [...]

Alabama Democratic Party files complaint against Mitt Romney

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The Alabama Democratic Party joined a complaint against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney today, alleging he has used an Alabama PAC to skirt federal limits on campaign fundraising. The complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleges Romney has used an Alabama-based PAC called Free and Strong America to raise $1.5 million, then funnel it to [...]