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 [...]

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 [...]

Lawmaker leaving party is latest lump for Alabama Democrats

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State Rep. Richard Laird has voted with Republicans for years, but announced on Monday that he would leave the Democratic Party and begin caucusing with Republicans. Laird is the latest white Democrat to leave the party, although he will be an independent. Several other white Democrats jumped ship earlier in this four-year term and became [...]