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Dead heat in Wisconsin justice race, less than 600 votes separate

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – The closely watched race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court remained too close to call on Wednesday with fewer than 600 of the more than 1.4 million votes cast separating incumbent David Prosser from challengerJoAnne Kloppenburg. The election, the first statewide vote since Republicans passed controversial restrictions on the union rights…

Arizona enacts ban on abortions based on fetus’ gender, race

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill that makes the state the first in the nation to outlaw abortions performed on the basis of the race or gender of the fetus. The move comes as anti-abortion groups across the nation try to seize on gains…

Kucinich pushes to block funds for Libya intervention

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Tuesday announced that he will offer a measure to deny funds to the Obama administration for military attacks against Libya aimed at protecting civilians and ousting tyrant Muammar Gaddafi. “I intend to offer an amendment to the forthcoming Continuing Resolution or Omnibus Appropriations…

Pence: Defunding Planned Parenthood more important than aid to poor women and children

WASHINGTON – Republican-led efforts to defund Planned Parenthood over its abortion services are complicated by an awkward fact: The bill’s chief sponsor admits that Title X funding provides “important” aid to poor women and children. Yet Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) pushed through a measure in the House to cut off…

Senate fails to pass two budget bills, shutdown looms

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Wednesday struck down two separate budget measures for fiscal 2011, raising the stakes of an ongoing stand-off as the government’s solvency hangs in the balance. The GOP House bill H.R. 1, which cuts spending by over $60 billion, was defeated by a vote of 44-56.…

Wisconsin Senate approves use of force to arrest absent Democrats

The Wisconsin Senate passed a resolution Thursday allowing for the arrest of 14 Democratic senators that left the state to prevent Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting bill to pass. Republican senators approved the measure by a 19-0 vote. The Democrats must return to the chamber by 4 pm Central Time…

Americans split over government shutdown: poll

WASHINGTON — Americans are split over a looming government shutdown, with a slight majority viewing it as a positive step towards reining in runaway debt, a poll found Wednesday. The Quinnipiac University poll found that 46 percent view a shutdown as a “good thing” while 44 percent oppose it because…

Indiana lawmakers pass immigration curbs like Arizona

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Indiana senate passed a sweeping immigration bill that echoes Arizona’s tougher measures on illegal immigrants and despite opposition from some of the largest employers and business groups in the state. The measure, passed on Tuesday night by a vote of 31-18, would allow state and local…

Indiana passes Arizona-like immigration measures

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Indiana senate passed a sweeping immigration bill that echoes Arizona’s tougher measures on illegal immigrants and despite opposition from some of the largest employers and business groups in the state. The measure, passed on Tuesday night by a vote of 31-18, would allow state and local…

Indiana Democrats flee state to protest anti-union bill

Indiana Democrats are reportedly joining their Wisconsin counterparts in staging an exodus from their state to protest a new union-busting Republican measure. Only two of Indiana’s 40 House Democrats showed up for a session Tuesday morning, precluding Republicans from attaining the votes needed to proceed on motions. The rest are…

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