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 [...]

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 [...]

Bentley not supporting Armistead as GOP chairman, endorses another candidate

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At least one Republican heavyweight has turned his back on Alabama Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead and is supporting a lesser-known party activist in his bid to run the state party for the next two years. And more are expected. Gov. Robert Bentley announced in a Thursday conference call that he is supporting Birmingham attorney [...]

Alabama Republican Party chairman Armistead defends AEA funds

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Some Republicans are attacking Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead for taking $5,000 from the Alabama Education Association, which has long been considered a sworn enemy of the ALGOP. One blogger attacked Armistead this week without any response from the chairman, who has announced he will run early next year for a second two-year term as [...]