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Maine voters restore same-day voter registration

The citizens of Maine on Tuesday repealed a recently passed law requiring voters to enroll at least two days before an election. With more than three-quarters of the state’s precincts reporting, 60 percent of voters had rejected the law, according to the Bangor Daily News. “Whenever the party in power…

Voters oust Arizona Senate president Russell Pearce

Republican candidate Jerry Lewis defeated Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce in an unprecedented recall election on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Lewis, a charter school executive, will now represent the state’s 18th District. The group Citizens for a Better Arizona forced the election in July after collecting 10,365 signatures.…

Mississippi defeats anti-abortion ‘personhood amendment’

Mississippi voters on Tuesday rejected an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution that would have defined “a person” as “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof,” according to the Associated Press. The controversial amendment was intended to ban abortion and to set up a legal…

Ohio voters repeal collective bargaining law

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said Tuesday night that “the people have spoken” in rejecting the state’s new public employee union law. With 49 percent of the precincts reporting, 61.8 percent of voters had rejected the law, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “This vote indicates Ohioans not only support public…

Ben and Jerry dish it out for ‘Occupy D.C.’ protesters

WASHINGTON — The Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street indulged in some Cherry Garcia and words of encouragement Tuesday from the multi-millionaire founders of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield set up a stall in McPherson Square to show their support for Occupy DC, as they…

Kentucky’s Democratic governor wins re-election

LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) – Kentucky’s Democratic Governor Steve Beshear won re-election to a second term on Tuesday, beating back challenges from two rivals. With nearly 90 percent of the state’s 3,571 precincts reporting, the incumbent had garnered 56.1 percent of the vote, according to the state board of elections website.…

Ohio poll worker bites voter on nose

CHICAGO — An election monitor bit an Ohio voter on the nose Tuesday after he got involved in a dispute about how close a campaign worker could get to the polling station, local media reported Tuesday. “He head-butted me. He bit my nose. He tried to bite it off,” Greg…

Remains of fallen troops lost at morgue: U.S. Air Force

WASHINGTON — Investigators have found “gross mismanagement” at the US military mortuary that receives the country’s war dead, with body parts lost in two cases and remains of others mishandled, the US Air Force said Tuesday. After allegations from whistleblowers at the Dover Air Force base mortuary, an Air Force…

Robocall tells Iowans to ask Democratic candidate about ‘homosexual sex acts’

Citizens of Iowa Senate District 18 received a robocall on Monday night instructing them to call Democratic candidate Liz Mathis and ask what homosexual acts she approved of, according to the Des Moines Register. “Homosexual marriage obviously involves homosexual sex. So before you support Liz Mathis, call her at 319-899-0628…

Obama targets education in new swipe at Republicans

YEADON, Pennsylvania — US President Barack Obama Tuesday used “huggable” young children as a backdrop for his latest bid to make Republicans pay a price for blocking his economic and education reforms. Obama traveled to Pennsylvania, a state which he must win if he is to win reelection next year,…

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