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 [...]

Charles Newton, longtime Democratic representative, switches to Republican Party

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Rep. Charles Newton, D-Greenville, said in a statement Friday he would run for re-election as a Republican after serving in the House of Representatives as a Democrat for more than two decades. Newton, first elected in 1989, said he made the decision “with the interests of his constituents in mind.” “Regardless of the party affiliation [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley calls for job creation initiatives, teacher pay raise in State of the State

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Tying job creation proposals to efforts to end Alabama’s high poverty level, Gov. Robert Bentley Tuesday called for new job training and creation initiatives, an expansion of education programs and a two percent pay raise for the state’s teachers. The governor mixed calls to create opportunity with attacks on federal government programs, particularly the Affordable [...]

Rep. Demetrius Newton dies; was first black Speaker Pro Tempore of Alabama House

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Rep. Demetrius Newton, D-Birmingham, a former judge who became the first black Speaker Pro Tem in the House of Representatives, has died. He was 85 years old. Newton’s death was announced by House Public Information Officer Clay Redden.The cause of death was not immediately available. First elected in 1986, Newton was elected Speaker Pro Tem [...]

Democrats missed filing deadline for special congressional election, says Secretary of State

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The Alabama Democratic Party missed a filing deadline for candidates for a special election in Alabama’s First Congressional District, but the Secretary of State’s office says those candidates who met a qualifying deadline will appear on the ballot in September. In a statement Wednesday, Secretary of State Jim Bennett said the Democratic Party was an [...]