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As California legalization vote nears, pot proponents enjoy narrow lead

California has a long history of defying conventional wisdom on the issue of marijuana, including its embrace of the drug in the 1960s and its landmark medical pot law 14 years ago. So it may not be all that surprising that a November ballot measure to legalize the drug has…

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…

Court won’t force Calif officials to defend Prop 8

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California court has refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday denied a conservative legal group’s request to force the officials to defend voter-approved…

Judge doubts gay marriage ban’s backers can appeal

The federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure’s sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban’s backers have the right to challenge his ruling. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker…

California judge: Gay marriages to go forward on Aug. 18

The California judge who struck down the state\’s same-sex marriage ban ruled on Thursday that gay and lesbian couples may begin marrying on Aug. 18 at 5 p.m., unless supporters of Proposition 8 can convince the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to issue a stay. When Judge Vaughn Walker…

Conservatives believe media should force judge to admit if he’s gay

In wake of gay marriage decision, debate rages over judge’s personal life, ability to rule. The federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban this week is a Republican who once came under fire for his membership to a powerful all-male club that had only recently allowed blacks to join.…

Appeal of ruling could delay gay weddings in CA

Judge overturns Calif. gay marriage ban, but appeal may put same-sex weddings on hold. A judge struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban as an unconstitutional violation of gay couples’ civil rights, but a pending appeal of the landmark ruling could prevent gay weddings from resuming in the state any time…

GOP cheers after Missouri voters ‘reject ObamaCare’

“Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a key provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law, sending a clear message of discontent to Washington and Democrats less than 100 days before the midterm elections,” the Associated Press reports. The AP’s David A. Lieb adds, About 71 percent of Missouri voters…

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,…

Proposition 8 backer testifies gays 12 times more likely to molest children, despite admitting no evidence

SAN FRANCISCO — Lawyers for two same-sex couples challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage plan to wrap up their case Friday following the incendiary testimony of a proponent who said he thinks gays are more likely to be pedophiles and that allowing them to wed would lead to the legalization…

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