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South Carolina Voter ID Law Not In Effect Until 2013, Court Rules

via David Ingram, Reuters A new South Carolina law that generally requires voters to show photo identification does not discriminate against racial minorities but cannot go into effect until the start of next year, a federal court ruled on Wednesday. The U.S. District Court three-judge panel said too little time remains before the November 6 … Continue reading

Chick-Fil-A Protesters To Hold ‘Kiss-In’ Today

via Lauren Petrecca, USA Today The heated debate over Chick-fil-A and same-sex marriage is about to get a touch softer with a kiss-in protest scheduled for Friday. Gay rights organizations and other advocacy groups are promoting a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day,” where people are encouraged to head to a Chick-fil-A and lock lips with a … Continue reading

Stephen Colbert’s Super-PAC Banks Less Than $6,000 In June

via Justin Sink, The Hill’s Ballot Box The joke might be over. Comedian Stephen Colbert’s super-PAC raised only $5,690 in June, the second straight month that the organization brought in less than five figures. The totals pale in comparison to the committee’s performance last year, when the group raised more than $825,000. Colbert began the … Continue reading

Multiple States’ Abortion Laws Restrict Women’s Access To Reproductive Health Care

via Emily Le Coz, The Huffington Post * Abortion opponents say laws promote safety, better care * Mississippi could be first state without abortion facility * Nearly 40 laws passed this year, 60 in 2011 American women face increasing legal obstacles to obtaining abortions as more states pass laws restricting access, some so stringent they … Continue reading

Gingrich Formally Ends Tumultuous White House Bid

via Deborah Charles, Reuters Newt Gingrich ended his tumultuous run for U.S. president on Wednesday after dazzling in televised debates but winning only two of the dozens of nominating contests in the Republican primary race. The former U.S. House of Representatives speaker, the face of the Republican party in the mid-1990s, badly trailed front-runner Mitt … Continue reading

Supreme Court Will Hear Arizona v. United States This Week

via Mike Sacks, The Huffington Post On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the federal government’s challenge to the Grand Canyon state’s controversial anti-immigration law, S.B. 1070. The case, Arizona v. United States, will not only be the Court’s second politically-charged blockbuster in as many months, but also a rematch between … Continue reading

Perry Drops Out Of Race, Endorses Gingrich

via Jeff Zeleny and Michael D. Shear, The New York Times  Gov. Rick Perry of Texas dropped out of the Republican presidential race here on Thursday and announced his endorsement for the candidacy of Newt Gingrich, a man he called a “conservative visionary.” “I’ve never believed that the cause of conservatism is embodied by one … Continue reading

Jon Huntsman Conceding 2012 Presidential Race Ahead Of South Carolina Primary

via Sam Stein, The Huffington Post Jon Huntsman is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to campaign officials. An aide to Huntsman confirmed the news to The Huffington Post and said the former governor of Utah would endorse Mitt Romney on Monday. The aide added that Huntsman “didn’t want to … Continue reading

Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC: Testing The Limits Of Citizens United And Supreme Court

via Michael Scherer, Time Stephen Colbert is laughing at the U.S. Supreme Court. He started Thursday night, on his show, when Colbert transferred control of his super PAC to his mentor, business partner and friend, Jon Stewart. Here is the clip: It’s a great set piece of comedic theater underscored by a serious argument: Justice … Continue reading

Mitt Romney And The Power Of Playing Dumb

via Steve Kornacki, Salon Mitt Romney has gotten to be pretty good at playing dumb, and he showed it Sunday morning. The setting was the fifteenth Republican presidential debate, the final such event before Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary.  One of the most baffling features of the previous debates — including the one held just ten hours before … Continue reading

Bachmann Says She Will Not Continue In The Race

via Sarah Wheaton, The New York Times On the morning before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said she was counting on a “miracle” to resurrect her faltering campaign. On the morning after, she acknowledged that it was beyond saving. Mrs. Bachmann said on Wednesday morning that she would not continue her campaign … Continue reading

Romney On GOP Race: ‘Before You Get Married, You Take It Real Seriously’

via Maeve Reston, Chicago Tribune Seeking to recapture his momentum in the GOP presidential race, Mitt Romney campaigned in South Carolina touting the coveted endorsement of Gov. Nikki Haley, a tea party favorite who he hopes will help boost his support among conservative voters in the South. “We’ve been hoping for this for a long, … Continue reading

Bilingual Voting Ballots Ordered In 25 States

via Hope Yen, The Huffington Post In the run-up to the 2012 elections, the federal government is ordering that 248 counties and other political jurisdictions provide bilingual ballots to Hispanics and other minorities who speak little or no English. That number is down from a decade ago following the 2000 census, which covered 296 counties … Continue reading

Occupy EVERY Street

Don’t Quit, 99%.  Get Louder. Occupy Every Street. United States Alabama Occupy Auburn Occupy Birmingham Occupy Huntsville Occupy Mobile Occupy Tuscaloosa Alaska Occupy Alaska Occupy Anchorage Arizona Occupy Arizona Occupy Flagstaff Occupy Phoenix Occupy Prescott Occupy Sedona Occupy Tempe Occupy Tucson Occupy Yuma Arkansas Occupy Arkansas Occupy Fayetteville Occupy Little Rock California Occupy Arcata Occupy … Continue reading

Study: New Voting Restrictions May Affect More Than Five Million

New voting laws could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012, according to the first comprehensive study of the laws’ impact. Widespread voting cutbacks could have a significant electoral impact in next year’s hard-fought races, the study concludes. Minorities, poor and young voters will likely be … Continue reading

Florida Sets Presidential Primary For Jan. 31, 2012

Florida will hold its presidential primary on Jan. 31, a decision that is expected to prompt other states to move up their primary and caucus dates. A special committee made the decision Friday, thwarting efforts by national GOP leaders to push back the nominating process. Officials in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina have … Continue reading

Rick Scott Backs Drug Tests For Welfare Beneficiaries, Public Workers And Himself

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is standing by his state’s new policy of drug testing welfare recipients even after the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the scheme in a lawsuit and just 2.5 percent of beneficiaries flunked the first round of tests in July, triggering additional calls for the policy’s repeal. The governor highlighted the … Continue reading

Republican Senator Says No More Military Cuts

If Congress can’t come up with a deficit reduction deal this year, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he’ll try to prevent further required cuts in the military budget. The comment showed that contingency plans already are in place to avoid some of the more than $1 trillion in mandated spending cuts under a … Continue reading

DADT Repeal: Republicans Buck McKeon, Joe Wilson Seek To Delay End Of Gay Military Ban

Two top Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to delay the new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military. In a letter to the Pentagon chief this week, California Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, the committee chairman, and South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson – two opponents of … Continue reading

Nikki Haley’s Jobless Drug Test Claim Exaggerated

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) wants the jobless to pass a drug test before they can receive benefits, but she seems to have an exaggerated sense of drug use among the unemployed. “I so want drug testing. I so want it,” Haley said during a Thursday question-and-answer session at the Lexington Rotary Club. She … Continue reading

State Voter ID Laws Draw National Scrutiny

The Department of Justice is reviewing, and has the power to reject a controversial new law passed in South Carolina that requires a registered voter to present a government -issued photo ID before his or her vote is counted. Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill into law in May and she’s not alone. Four other … Continue reading

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