Redistricting http://apr.org en Hubbard Running For Ala. Attorney General http://apr.org/post/hubbard-running-ala-attorney-general <p></p><p>State Rep. Joe Hubbard is running for attorney general of Alabama.</p><p>The Montgomery Democrat is promising to address public corruption, consumer protection and crime.</p><p>Hubbard announced his campaign on Thursday. He is the only candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Luther Strange. Hubbard is accusing Strange of being an absentee attorney general.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:47:35 +0000 The Associated Press 46337 at http://apr.org Hubbard Running For Ala. Attorney General Court Upholds Ala. Legislature's New Districts http://apr.org/post/court-upholds-ala-legislatures-new-districts <p></p><p>A panel of three federal judges has upheld Alabama's new legislative districts.</p><p>The judges split 2-to-1 in a decision Friday that said the new districts are not discriminatory and do not violate the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution.</p><p>The Legislative Black Caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference had sued over the districts, which were designed by the Legislature's Republican majority. State Attorney General Luther Strange, who defended the new districts in court, says he's pleased the judges found the districts consistent with federal law.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:00:09 +0000 The Associated Press 43669 at http://apr.org Court Upholds Ala. Legislature's New Districts Lawmaker Denies Republican Slant In Redistricting http://apr.org/post/lawmaker-denies-republican-slant-redistricting <p>A state senator who was in charge of a committee that drew Alabama's senate districts has denied that the process was intended to create more Republican districts.</p><p>Republican Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville testified in federal court Thursday that his only goals going into the redistricting process were to prevent incumbents from facing each other, to avoid reducing the percentage of minorities in majority black districts, and to protect communities of interest.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:13:51 +0000 The Associated Press 35690 at http://apr.org Lawmaker Denies Republican Slant In Redistricting Justice Dept. Clears Ala.'s Legislative Districts http://apr.org/post/justice-dept-clears-alas-legislative-districts The U.S. Justice Department has cleared Alabama's new legislative districts for use in the 2014 elections. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez notified state Attorney General Luther Strange of the decision Friday. The Justice Department has to review new political boundaries in Alabama to make sure they don't violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising black voters. The co-chairman of the Legislature's Redistricting Committee, Republican Rep. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 22:13:17 +0000 The Associated Press 18893 at http://apr.org Justice Dept. Clears Ala.'s Legislative Districts Ala. Democratic Senator's Switch Could Be Near http://apr.org/post/ala-democratic-senators-switch-could-be-near <p>Democratic state Sen. Jerry Fielding says any change of parties will be announced on his time table and not by the state Democratic Party chairman.</p><p>Fielding responded Tuesday to an announcement Monday by state Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy. Kennedy said Fielding is planning to switch to the Republican Party.</p><p>Fielding said he's had several conversations with members of the Republican Party. He said an announcement could happen in the near future, but he's not ready to do it yet.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 01:02:25 +0000 The Associated Press 18731 at http://apr.org Ala. Democratic Senator's Switch Could Be Near Blacks In Ala. Legislature File Redistricting Suit http://apr.org/post/blacks-ala-legislature-file-redistricting-suit The Alabama Legislature's black caucus has filed a lawsuit against the plan passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate to redraw lawmakers' districts. The Legislature's 33 black members claim the redistricting plan approved by lawmakers earlier this year is racial gerrymandering and reduces the voting influence of blacks by packing black residents into as few districts as possible. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 22:06:42 +0000 Associated Press 16045 at http://apr.org Blacks In Ala. Legislature File Redistricting Suit Alabama Asks Court To Back Its Redistricting Plan http://apr.org/post/alabama-asks-court-back-its-redistricting-plan <p>Alabama&nbsp;is asking a federal court to rule that its redistricting plan for the state Legislature does not violate the Voting Rights Act.</p><p>The state filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking a declaratory judgment that the plan does not deny or abridge the right to vote based on race or color.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:10:35 +0000 Associated Press 15228 at http://apr.org Alabama Asks Court To Back Its Redistricting Plan Ala. House Democrats to fight districts in DC http://apr.org/post/ala-house-democrats-fight-districts-dc <p><b><font face="Arial">Democrats in the Alabama House have decided to fight new legislative districts in Washington rather than in the state.</font></b></p><p><b><font face="Arial">House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden said House Democrats have consulted with their attorneys and decided not to challenge the districts in state court. Instead, they will take their battle to the U.S. Justice Department. The Voting Rights Act requires the Justice Department to approve the new districts before they can be used in the legislative elections in 2014.</font></b></p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:17:57 +0000 Associated Press 14370 at http://apr.org Ala. House Democrats to fight districts in DC