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 [...]

Alabama Republican Party names Montgomery optician Troy Towns minority outreach director

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The Alabama Republican Party has named Troy Towns, a Montgomery optician, as its Director of Minority Outreach. Towns manages Optica, a designer eyewear store behind Flip’s in the Sturbridge Shopping Center on Vaughn Road, and previously worked at Bell Road Eyewear. “Troy’s passion for spreading conservative principles is truly inspiring,” Alabama Republican Party chairman Bill [...]

Alabama Republican Party’s political director resigns

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Alabama Republican Party political director John Kay announced his resignation Friday, becoming the latest state Republican to depart from a high-profile position. In a joint statement with Alabama Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead, Kay said he had been “blessed with an opportunity” to work on the GOP’s 2014 campaign to recapture the U.S. Senate. In [...]

Young Repubs fighting attempt to oust leader over views on gay marriage

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State Sen. Cam Ward joined the growing number of younger Republicans who disagree with a move by some leaders in the Alabama Republican Party to discipline or remove a steering committee member who disagrees with the party’s stance on gay marriage. Ward joins the Young Republican Federation of Alabama in criticizing the proposed changes to [...]