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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Election 2012

Republican Governors Gear Up For Election Gains

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the keynote address during last month's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Christie's election in 2009 was part of the first wave of Republican gubernatorial victories.

October 18, 2012 The GOP could pick up as many as five governorships in next month's election, bringing the party's total to 34, the most since 1922.

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Monday, October 01, 2012

It's All Politics

Voters Angry At Washington Gridlock May Want To Look In The Mirror

Voters these days often reward politicians who sit at either end of the ideological spectrum while punishing those seen as compromisers.

October 1, 2012 It's easy to blame politicians for failing to set aside differences and work together. But many political scientists believe that voters share the blame. Americans increasingly view the world through separate, partisan lenses and have turned compromise into a political liability.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's All Politics

2012 Gender Gap Could Be Historic, But Maybe Not For The Reason You'd Think

Supporters of Planned Parenthood wave banners during a rally for President Obama in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, ahead of the opening of the Democratic National Convention.

September 27, 2012 New polls suggest the percentage of women voting for President Obama over Republican Mitt Romney could reach historic levels. The surprise? The divide is attributed primarily to this year's size-of-government debate, not to a focus on social issues like abortion and reproductive rights.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's All Politics

Another Iowa Judge Faces Ballot Box Battle Due To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, right, faces a retention vote Nov. 6.

September 26, 2012 WOIA battle is under way in Iowa over whether a state Supreme Court justice can keep his job. Critics have launched an all-out campaign to throw him off the bench because of his ruling three years ago clearing the way for same-sex marriage. The judge's supporters are fighting back, in a fashion.

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Election 2012

Election 2012: Early Voting, By State

September 26, 2012 Early voting is now an option in most of the country, and roughly a third of all Americans casting a ballot in the 2012 presidential race are expected to do so before Nov. 6, Election Day.

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Monday, September 24, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012

It's All Politics

The Voter Veto: On Controversial Issues, More Citizens Taking On Lawmakers

In March, Stacey Kargman-Kaye (left) and her partner, Sharon Gorenstein, with sons Asher, 13, and Ezra, 8, gathered at the Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis to witness the signing of a law recognizing same-sex marriage. On Nov. 6, Maryland voters will decide whether to overturn the new law.

September 21, 2012 In November, voters will decide whether new state laws on issues such as labor policy, immigration and gay marriage can remain in effect. They're using a process called "popular referendum." Different from a ballot initiative, it amounts to a public veto of elected officials. And its use is growing.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's All Politics

In Iowa Ad War, It's Heartstrings Vs. Heartstrings

August 29, 2012 The TV ad war in a newly redrawn and hotly contested Iowa congressional district has begun, and it pits Republican Rep. Steve King's story of overcoming personal adversity against Democrat Christie Vilsack's story of ... overcoming personal adversity.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It's All Politics

'Reasonable Impediment' Clause Becomes Focus Of S.C. Voter ID Law Hearing

August 28, 2012 At the federal trial over South Carolina's new voter ID law, the state's election director said the law wouldn't disenfranchise anyone. She said a clause in the law could let any would-be voter without an ID cast a provisional ballot, which led to lots of give-and-take with surprised judges.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Simon Says

If Politicians Went On Vacation, We'd All Get A Break

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan holds up a Green Bay Packers jersey during a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fair.

August 17, 2012 NPR's Scott Simon says voters and candidates might benefit if more politicians took real vacations — if they went somewhere, for at least a short time, where no one knows them. Where they don't have to ask for votes, money or spout talking points.

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Five Social Issues On November Ballots

Petitions for Referendum 74, which would provide a public vote on gay marriage, were submitted in June in Olympia, Wash.

August 17, 2012 There's a lot at stake in the fall election, including control of Congress and the White House. But important questions will also be decided at the state level. Ballot initiatives will let voters in several states decide on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to marijuana legalization.

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Election 2012

Could 2012 Be The Year Of The Asian Voter?

Mitt Romney and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell were featured on the front page of a Chinese-language newspaper following a visit to the Northern Virginia's Asian-American community in June. Such engagements with the Asian community helped McDonnell win his current office.

August 5, 2012 Asian-Americans make up the fastest-growing segment of the population, notably in key swing states including Virginia, Nevada and Florida. What's more, they're often independent voters — and the way they swing could have a big effect on the presidential election.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012

It's All Politics

The ABCs Of Election Reform

A Florida election official tests the accuracy of a voting machine on Aug. 4, 2010, in Miami.

July 19, 2012 After the Supreme Court became involved in the 2000 presidential election outcome, several groups tried to update the country's electoral system. Where are we now? "Another 2000-style debacle could easily happen," says one advocate for change, "but worse. God help us."

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's All Politics

Romney's 'Crony Capitalism' Charge May Ring True For Leaders Of Both Parties

General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and President Obama speak at a GE plant in Schenectady, N.Y., on Jan. 21, 2011. Former Reagan administration official David Stockman, who is writing a book on the topic, calls Immelt the "poster boy for crony capitalism."

July 18, 2012 Mitt Romney is accusing President Obama of "crony capitalism" as part of his campaign for the presidency. But critics of the U.S. economy and politics say the practice of rewarding the business interests of political supporters with federal taxpayer dollars is truly bipartisan.

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