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 [...]

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 [...]

AEA selects new leadership

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Former state finance director Henry Mabry and attorney Gregory Graves will be the new faces of the Alabama Education Association. The board of directors for the AEA appointed the new leaders on Thursday to follow longtime executives Paul Hubbert and Joe Reed. The board selected Mabry as executive secretary and Graves, a lawyer with the [...]

ASU official takes shot at AEA, Joe Reed

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Alabama State University is firing back at former trustee Joe Reed and the Alabama Education Association who school officials believe are behind a federal lawsuit that was dropped Wednesday. “This lawsuit was nothing more than a terrorist ransom against ASU by Gayle Gear, her five AEA attorneys and their leader, Joe Reed,  in a futile attempt [...]