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Dems claim NY special election win a rebuke of GOP Medicare plan

WASHINGTON – It was just moments after the results came in Tuesday night that Democrats began attributing their Rep.-elect Kathy Hochul’s come-from-behind victory in a mostly Republican district as a rebuke to the GOP plan to privatize Medicare. “Today, the Republican plan to end Medicare cost Republicans $3.4 million and…

Democrat Kathy Hochul wins NY congressional race

BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) – Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset and won a special election to represent New York’s 26th congressional district on Tuesday, defeating Republican Jane Corwin. Hochul, the Erie County clerk, declared victory in the conservative upstate district with just over 70 percent of the vote tallied.…

Democrat leads race to replace shirtless Craigslist congressman

NEW YORK (AFP) – For want of a shirt, an election may be lost. That at least might be the mournful refrain heard from Republicans in western New York, where a reliably conservative district is very much in play on Tuesday for the opposition Democrats. The district is holding a…

Rep. Tammy Baldwin could become first openly gay Senate member

Openly gay Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). If she won the election, Baldwin would become the first openly gay member of the Senate. Seventy-six-year old Kohl announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to…

Ex-candidate, at least two others killed in Iraq unrest

BAGHDAD — At least three people were killed in attacks in Iraq on Thursday, including a candidate in last year’s parliamentary election, security officials said. In the main northern city of Mosul, unknown gunmen shot dead Raawa al-Obeidi close to her home along with one of her bodyguards, a police…

Democratic candidate Dan Adler: I speak for Asians, ‘my wife is Korean’

Democratic candidate Dan Adler began airing the first of a series of eccentric TV commercials Tuesday in the run-up to the California 36th Congressional District special election on May 17th. In one ad, Adler speaks with a group of Korean-Americans, who note that Asians account for nearly 15 percent of…

Big-name GOP candidates slow to start 2012 presidential race

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Big-name Republicans have been slow to enter the 2012 presidential race, giving lesser-known candidates a chance to break through in key early voting states like Iowa. With the first Republican debate already over and just nine months until Iowa becomes the first state to choose its…

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood set up new party

CAIRO, Egypt — The formerly banned Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s best-organised movement, announced on Saturday that it has formed a non-theocratic party that will contest up to half of parliament’s seats in September elections. Mohammed Hussein, the group’s secretary general, told a news conference the movement’s council had decided to form…

Poll: Mitt Romney beats Obama by 7 points in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney would comfortably defeat President Barack Obama in New Hampshire in a hypothetical election today, according to a poll of likely voters released Friday. The former Massachusetts governor would beat the president by 50 to 43 percent, says a new WMUR Granite State Poll…

Democrats file fundraising complaint against Romney

BOSTON (Reuters) – The New Hampshire Democratic Party on Friday said Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign may have violated election finance laws by funneling “soft money” into the Republican frontrunner’s White House bid. The party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) suggesting that Romney could be funneling unlimited…

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