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 [...]

NO SURPRISE: National publication lists Alabama Democratic Party among most dysfunctional parties in nation

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The Alabama Democratic Party stands out among its peers, Republican and Democrat. And it’s not good. And not surprising. CQ Roll Call listed “The 7 Most Dysfunctional State Parties” and Alabama Democrats were on the list. No one should be surprised. For years, people in the state have criticized the operation of the Alabama Democratic [...]

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 [...]

Mark Kennedy to resign as Alabama Democratic Party chairman

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Alabama Democratic Party chairman Mark Kennedy will resign the chairmanship of the party effective at noon Monday, according to a statement to be released later today. Kennedy — who clashed with vice-chairman Joe Reed over a personnel issue and the party’s budget at a meeting last month — did not give a reason for his [...]

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 [...]