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 [...]

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 [...]

Former Alabama Democratic Party chair Mark Kennedy forms new Democratic organization

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BIRMINGHAM — Former Alabama Democratic Party chairman Mark Kennedy, who abruptly announced his resignation of the position on Friday, re-emerged Monday afternoon to announce the creation of a new organization devoted to electing Democrats in 2014. In front of a crowd of over 100 people in the Harbert Center in Birmingham, Kennedy said his organization, [...]