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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over control of the Alabama Democratic Party.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin dismissed the lawsuit filed by longtime leader Nancy Worley to prevent new Chair Chris England from taking control. Judge Griffin said he did not have jurisdiction over the internal party dispute.

Worley said she was disappointed in the action and is reviewing options, including a possible appeal.

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The 2020 primaries are underway with the Iowa caucus kicking things off for the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. While candidates campaign for position to face President Donald Trump in November, the Democratic Party in Alabama is facing a fight of its own.

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A judge has set a final hearing in a lawsuit over control of the Alabama Democratic Party.  

Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin on Tuesday scheduled the hearing for Jan. 30.  

Longtime state party leader Nancy Worley had filed the lawsuit to block state Rep. Chris England from taking power as party chair. A revamped governing board elected England as chair, but Worley and her supporters maintained his election was illegitimate.

The ongoing feud has pitted longtime party leaders, such as Worley and Joe Reed, against an upstart faction.

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A judge says a lawsuit filed by the longtime chair of the Alabama Democratic Party challenging a newly elected leader can continue, at least for now.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin said Thursday he will wait for a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court before deciding whether to dismiss the lawsuit filed by party chair Nancy Worley. The justices are currently considering an earlier appeal in the dispute. State Rep. Chris England and Worley each claim to be the properly elected state party chair.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Nancy Worley is asking a judge to block state Rep. Chris England from replacing her as chair of the Alabama Democratic Party.

Lawyers for Worley, a longtime leader of the party, filed the action Monday.

England was elected as party chair earlier this month. But Worley and her allies argue the election was illegitimate and Worley remains party chair.

Worley asked for a preliminary injunction to enjoin England and others from “misrepresenting themselves” as acting for the state party.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Montgomery judge is refusing to step aside in a lawsuit over who is in control of the Alabama Democratic Party.

Circuit Judge Greg Griffin on Thursday said he will not recuse.

State Rep. Chris England and Nancy Worley both say they are the properly elected party chair.

Defendants had asked Griffin to resign because of longstanding ties to party officer Joe Reed who supports Worley.

The party’s board had been divided between a reform faction and a group loyal to Reed and Worley.

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An Alabama state representative was elected chair of the Alabama Democratic Party on Saturday after months of in-house bickering about the party's leadership. 

But the election may not settle the ongoing battle between two factions of the party over governance and leadership, as the previously elected chair said she would not step down.

Rep. Christopher England, of Tuscaloosa, received 104 of 171 ballots cast at the meeting of the State Democratic Executive Committee, the state party's governing body, The Montgomery Advertiser reported.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's State Democratic Executive Committee has voted 80 to 73 to adopt new bylaws supported by the party chairwoman at a contentious meeting in Montgomery.

But the Montgomery Advertiser reports that the bylaws approved Saturday have not been adopted by the Democratic National Committee.

Opponents of chairwoman Nancy Worley said the adoption of the latest bylaws comes well after a key deadline.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Democratic party leaders could lose their seats on the Democratic National Committee after the state party twice missed deadlines for new leadership elections.

The DNC's credentials committee on Thursday recommended revoking the credentials of Alabama Chairwoman Nancy Worley and Vice-Chair Randy Kelley. The action came after the state party missed two deadlines for new elections and party bylaws.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two former candidates are challenging Nancy Worley to lead the Alabama Democratic Party.

Former congressional challenger Tabitha Isner announced Wednesday that she is running for party chairwoman.

Isner waged an aggressive but unsuccessful challenge last year against Republican Rep. Martha Roby. Will Boyd, who ran for lieutenant governor last year, is also challenging Worley.

Isner in a statement said Democrats need a committed party leader to support candidates and help get their message to voters.

Former state Senator Myron Penn said Friday that he is running for chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party in new leadership elections ordered by national party officials.   

Penn said in a telephone interview that he hopes to help unify and rebuild a fractured party.

"I'm tired of sides. We shouldn't have sides within our family," Penn said.

Ford: Alabama Democratic Party on 'life support'

Oct 19, 2016

The leader of Democrats in the House of Representatives says the state of the Alabama Democratic Party is on "life support."

House Minority Leader Craig Ford called for Chairwoman Nancy Worley and Vice-Chairman Joe Reed to step down today.

Democrats currently hold no statewide office in Alabama. Ford says voters will see few competitive races on Election Day.

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Alabama lawmakers are currently being polled about support for lottery legislation as Governor Robert Bentley contemplates calling a special session on Medicaid funding.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says legislative leaders are gauging interest from state legislators. Marsh says the discussions come as Governor Bentley contemplates calling a special session that could include a lottery bill.

The Alabama Democratic Party has recommended six attorneys to President Barack Obama to fill a vacancy on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Party Chairman Nancy Worley told the Montgomery Advertiser  that the party recommended Birmingham lawyer Tamara Harris Johnson, former state Rep. Jeff McLaughlin of Guntersville, Birmingham lawyer Ben Morris, Dallas County Circuit Judge Collins Pettaway, federal prosecutor Susan Redmond of Montgomery, and Montgomery lawyer Mark Sabel.

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Former Secretary of State Nancy Worley has been elected as the first female leader of the Alabama Democratic Party.

The State Democratic Executive Committee elected her as the party chair this weekend.

Worley spent the last five months as the interim chair after former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mark Kennedy resigned to start a new political group.

Worley has been focused on finances. She says the party is now current on bills and is no longer in danger of being evicted from its Montgomery headquarters.