White Democrats New Minority in Ala. Legislature

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The white Democrats who dominated the Alabama Legislature for 136 years will be the ultimate minority when the new Legislature assembles for the first time in Tuscaloosa for an orientation session.

The new Legislature consists of 88 Republicans, who are all white, 33 black Democrats, and 18 white Democrats.

There is also one white independent.

The modern-day Legislature had no Republicans until two were elected in 1962.

Their numbers have grown steadily since.

The first black legislators since Reconstruction were elected in 1970.

The Legislature's longest serving black member, Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery, says the Legislature is becoming white Republicans and black Democrats.

Democratic Rep. Demetrius Newton of Birmingham says Democrats won't be divided by race. He says they must be united to be heard in their minority status.

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  • by Jay Location: Wicksburg on Dec 6, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    What Blacks have failed to understand is that the Republican Party is not the party that has surpressed their freedoms. Abraham Lincoln was a REPUBLICAN. He is the President who signed the proclaimation that freed the slaves during the War between the States. Since that time, and especially in latter days, the Democratic Party has again enslaved the Blacks by making them more and more dependant on Federal Government Social Programs and welfare. They continue to belittle Blacks by convincing them that they should continue to depend and to rely on hand-outs because they are DUE this aide because of the way they have been treated. Like several Black leaders have told their own race, the only way to gain your rightful place in society is to get an education and work your way to the top. However, the Democratic Party does not want this to happen because it would lose the Blacks dependency on the Democrats for even more hand-outs. Just my opinion through many years of experience.
  • by gazette01 Location: Enterprise/Dothan on Dec 6, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    How in Gods name could Democrats have maintained control in Alabama State legislature all these years and we still have laws that permit a judge to overrule a jury sentence of life in prison and change it to death.
  • by DL Location: Enterprise on Dec 6, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    Its sad Blacks mindlessly continue to vote for the party that has enslaved them in a world of Government handouts and dependency in return for their votes.
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