party switch http://apr.org en Rep. Laird Leaves Democrats To Be Independent http://apr.org/post/rep-laird-leaves-democrats-be-independent <P>One of the veteran Democrats in the Alabama House, Rep. Richard Laird of Roanoke, has announced he's becoming an independent.</P> <P>Laird said Monday the Democratic Party today is much different than it was when he was first elected to the House in 1978. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:17:42 +0000 The Associated Press 24332 at http://apr.org Rep. Laird Leaves Democrats To Be Independent Alabama Sen. Jerry Fielding Switches To GOP http://apr.org/post/alabama-sen-jerry-fielding-switches-gop Another Democrat in the Alabama Legislature has switched to the Republican Party. Sen. Jerry Fielding of Talladega County announced Thursday that he's joining the Republican Party. His switch gives the Senate 23 Republicans, 11 Democrats and one independent. The Republican Party has been picking up party switchers since it took control of the Legislature in the November 2010 election. Four Democratic representatives switched shortly after the election: Steve Hurst of Munford, Alan Boothe of Troy, Lesley Vance of Phenix City, and Mike Millican of Hamilton. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:37:54 +0000 The Associated Press 18837 at http://apr.org Alabama Sen. Jerry Fielding Switches To GOP