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Democrats are organizing multiple training sessions in Alabama to try to reinvigorate a party that has fallen to minority status in state government. A new organization, the Alabama Democratic Majority, has announced a "grassroots convention" Aug. 3 in Birmingham. Executive Director Bradley Davidson says it will cover everything from registering voters to helping voters comply with Alabama's new law requiring a photo ID to vote. Meanwhile, Alabama Democratic Party leader Nancy Worley says the group will also hold training sessions once the field of candidates begins to take shape.
Furlough days have taken effect for employees of the federal government. Some Maxwell Air Force Base employees make up a portion of those affected by the cuts which will run until September. Jennifer Collins, a Maxwell employee has already factored up how this weekly cut will hurt her financially.
A trade mission led by the state with representatives from 10 companies will be heading to Canada next week. Al.com reported that the group will be heading to the Southeast U.S. Canada Province Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Alabama's Commerce Department Secretary Greg Canfield says Canada is already a top destination for Alabama products and the trip is designed to capitalize on those existing ties. Along with state officials, representatives from small business across the state will participate in the trip, which begins Sunday.