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Florida bill an assault on voters’ rights, says ACLU

A bill in the Florida House of Representatives to “clean up” voting is the latest sad chapter in the state’s handbook of voter suppression, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Dennis Baxley, would cut Florida’s early-voting period from two weeks to…

Jindal will sign ‘birther’ bill if he gets the chance

A bill that would require candidates to prove they are natural born U.S. citizens before qualifying for the Louisiana ballot wasn’t Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s idea but he will gladly endorse it if he gets the chance. Jindal press secretary Kyle Plotkin told The Times-Picayune Tuesday that the governor will…

Jewish groups oppose circumcision ban in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Jewish groups and others are up at arms over an attempt to outlaw male circumcision in San Francisco by putting the issue to a popular vote. Self-described “intactivist” Lloyd Schofield has been collecting signatures for a voter initiative that would criminalize infant circumcision in the Californian…

Illinois court puts Emanuel back on the ballot

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago, the Illinois high court ruled on Thursday, overturning a lower court ruling earlier this week to exclude him. Some residents of Chicago have challenged Emanuel’s residency, saying that his stay in Washington as…

Write-in ballots lead in Alaska Senate race

Write-in ballots lead in Alaska Senate race as Lisa Murkowski battles Joe Miller The Alaska Senate race was headed for another nailbiter in the rematch between write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski and tea party favorite Joe Miller as supporters from both sides prepared Wednesday for a potentially prolonged ballot count.…

O’Reilly: MSNBC hosts may ‘commit suicide’ after midterms

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has come up with one more reason for his viewers not to watch MSNBC. The host of The O’Reilly Factor warned Monday that there could be mass suicides on the air at MSNBC if Democrats sustain major losses in Tuesday’s midterms. “It’s going to be interesting…

Pro-life campaigner: Term ‘fertilized egg’ is like using ‘N-word’

‘Personhood amendment’ campaigners had previously compared embryos to slaves Using the term “fertilized egg” is “the same thing as using the N-word,” says the pro-life minister behind a Colorado campaign to have fertilized eggs declared legal persons. Colorado’s Amendment 62, which will appear on the ballot this November, is the…

GOP will try to get ‘racist’ candidate off NY ballot

NY GOP official: Party will go to court to get its candidate off ballot over ‘racist’ essay Republicans will try to remove their own candidate from the ballot in a suburban New York congressional race because he wrote an article warning against racial mingling, a party official said Wednesday. Jim…

California pot initiative could help propel Barbara Boxer to re-election

A ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in California could help propel endangered incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to re-election in November, according to a respected polling expert. The presence of the pot legalization measure, Proposition 19, on the ballot is likely to entice many young Californians to vote in November…

As Californians go to polls, activists slam corporate ‘hijacking’ of democracy

The free-spending role of corporations in California’s electoral system has come under fire as the state prepares to vote on two referendum which opponents have condemned as a “hijacking” of democracy. Whether its a bid to legalize marijuana or ban same-sex marriage, single-issue referendum, known in California as ballot initiatives,…

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