Once United, Alabama Republicans Find Divisions

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- For the first two years after taking control of the Legislature, Republicans united to push through laws they couldn't pass when Democrats ran the Statehouse. Now in their third year of control, Republicans are beginning to show divisions similar to those Democrats used to have.

The GOP found itself divided in recent weeks over private school tax credits, Common Core school standards, and the participation of home-schooled students in public school activities.

Elois Zeanah of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women describes the divide as conservative organizations and grassroots groups on one side and the interests of education and business on the other.

Democrats are under no illusion the split will diminish Republicans' control. Democratic Sen. Quinton Ross said Republicans still can do what they want when they unite.

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