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Former Penn. GOP senator sentenced to prison for corruption

Former Pennsylvania state Sen. Jane Orie (R) has been ordered to immediately serve her 2 1/2 to 10-year prison sentence, according to the Associated Press. The 50-year-old lawmaker was accused of using her state-funded staff members to perform campaign work for herself and her sister, a state judge. She then…

Packers players urge support for Wisconsin workers ahead of recall election

Green Bay Packer players Tori Gurley and Jermichael Finley on Monday voiced their support for the Tuesday recall election targeting Republican Gov. Scott Walker. “I’m proud to be a union worker,” Finley and Gurley both wrote on their Twitter accounts. “Support Wisconsin workers & Get Out the Vote on Tues.”…

Berkeley mayor proposes ban on sidewalk sitting

The mayor of Berkeley, California is on a mission to stop the scourge of sidewalk sitters in his town. Mayor Tom Bates has proposed a ballot measure that would outlaw sitting on sidewalks because he believes the young people loitering along Telegraph Avenue are bad for business. “Sometimes, there are…

Republican who advocated acid attacks on female Democrats quits job

A top campaign aide to Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY) has resigned his post after writing on Facebook that supporters should “hurl some acid” at female Democratic officials. “Jay Townsend has offered, and I have accepted, his resignation from his position with my campaign,” Rep. Hayworth said Monday in prepared text.…

Fox News host suggests Holder ‘inciting racism’ to ‘boost minority turnout’

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Monday suggested that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was “inciting racism” in a effort to get more minorities to vote for President Barack Obama. Kilmeade noted on Monday that the state of Florida had vowed to defy a Justice Department order to halt a…

Pope Benedict XVI refuses to allow communion for Catholic divorcees

Pope Benedict XVI has made an attempt to appease remarried Catholic divorcees by calling on parishes to integrate them, but he is a long way from changing the rules, Vatican watchers said Monday. Amid increasing calls from reformist Catholic groups to change Church attitudes towards divorcees and allow them to…

Report: Romney’s tax plan would save him $5 million next year

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would save almost $5 million next year alone if he is elected president and able to enact his tax policies, according to a new report. Nonprofit research groups Citizens for Tax Justice, which leans left, and the Tax Foundation, which leans right, compared President Barack…

CNN contributor: ‘You’re an idiot’ to vote only for who lets you ‘roll up a blunt’

A left-leaning CNN contributor on Monday said that Americans who voted solely based on who let them “roll up a blunt” were foolish and shouldn’t bother voting at all. CNN’s Carol Costello asked contributor LZ Granderson to respond to any of the Colorado voters who might be less likely to…

Tobacco companies spend $47.7 million in California to fight $1-per-pack tax

An advertising blitz funded by tobacco companies has eroded Californians’ support for a ballot measure to raise taxes on cigarettes, putting the vote’s outcome in doubt. Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds have flooded airwaves with warnings that the proposed $1 tax on cigarette packs is a flawed idea which would…

NY Gov seeks to reduce marijuana arrests from stop-and-frisk

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is pushing to reduce the number of people arrested for marijuana in his state, a move opposed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I). According to the New York Times Monday, Cuomo will ask the state legislature to change state law reducing the…

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