Politics Headlines

U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

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NEW YORK - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election.

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Record five black women seek state offices in Georgia, showing shift

ATLANTA - Five black women are on the November ballot for statewide offices in Georgia, a record in a state that just 11 years ago featured a Confederate battle emblem on its flag.

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With selfies and listicles, U.S. politicians go vote-hunting on social media

WASHINGTON - From viral videos to selfies, listicles and "throwback Thursday" photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned.

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Factbox: Midterm elections' impact on U.S. energy, environment agenda

WASHINGTON - The 2014 U.S. mid-term elections could shake up Congress in the midst of two major transformations in energy and environmental policy.

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Wed, Oct 29 2014

Washington state support for gun control measure strong before vote

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SEATTLE - A ballot measure to tighten background checks for gun buyers in Washington state, which is reeling from a deadly school shooting last week, was drawing strong support ahead of a Nov. 4 vote, a poll showed on Wednesday.

29 Oct 2014

Democratic Senator Begich touts Alaska bona fides to lure independents

JUNEAU - In family video footage recorded in 1970, a young Senator Mark Begich is seen in a bucolic park catching a ball thrown by his father, a U.S. Congressman from Alaska who died just two years later in a small plane crash en route to Juneau.

29 Oct 2014

U.S. investigator of Colombia scandal quits over prostitution case: NYT

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WASHINGTON - A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official who ran an investigation of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents in Colombia in 2012 resigned after he was suspected of visiting a prostitute in Florida, the New York Times reported.

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North Dakota Supreme Court upholds restrictions on medication abortion

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- The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday a state law that restricts medication abortion, the non-surgical interruption of a pregnancy using drugs, saying it was constitutional.

29 Oct 2014

Oregon, Alaska, D.C. voters to weigh legal marijuana in November

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WASHINGTON - Voters in the U.S. capital and two West Coast states will decide in the Nov. 4 elections whether to legalize marijuana, pushing closer to the mainstream a notion that was once consigned to the political fringe.

29 Oct 2014

Pennsylvania governor narrows gap but trails in re-election bid: poll

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HARRISBURG Pa. - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is closing in but still trails his Democratic challenger among likely voters in next week's gubernatorial election, a poll showed on Wednesday.

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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.