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U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health
News ImageBy Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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. A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead heat in Illinois, possibly the most fiscally dysfunctional state, shape up as de facto referendums on reform and their results could make municipal bond investors alter their bets. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:35:18 -0400
Record five black women seek state offices in Georgia, showing shift
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - 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. The candidates, all Democrats, have come to be known as the "Georgia Five." Political commentators say that while only one of them has a real shot at cracking the Republican stronghold on statewide offices in Georgia, their nominations signal a shift in where the state's politics are headed. ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:18:57 -0400
With selfies and listicles, U.S. politicians go vote-hunting on social media
By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From viral videos to selfies, listicles and "throwback Thursday" photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned. Where a 2010 gubernatorial or congressional campaign could proudly claim an active presence on Twitter as something almost fashion-forward, in 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite, even if little research exists to show how much online politicking translates into votes. Virtually all candidates are on Twitter and Facebook. ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:02:14 -0400
Pennsylvania governor narrows gap but trails in re-election bid: poll
News ImageBy David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - 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. Democrat Tom Wolf leads 53 to 40 percent over the Republican incumbent, according to the Franklin & Marshall College poll. The latest results show the gap is narrowing. A Quinnipiac University poll had Wolf with a 17-point lead in early October. A loss at the ballot box on Nov. 4 would make Corbett the state's first incumbent governor to lose a re-election bid. ...
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:48:12 -0400
On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola
Somehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:34:17 -0400
Why Alaska's Senate race might be closer than anyone thinks
The ground game may matter more in this year's Alaska Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan than it has mattered in pretty much any other major race in recent memory. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:00:00 -0400
Homeland Security Secretary Johnson announces tighter security at federal buildings
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary JohnsonDepartment of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Tuesday that the government is stepping up security at federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and nationwide, citing enhanced risks of small-scale attacks by a lone offender. He did not explicitly cite the so-called Islamic State.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:03:29 -0400
Senate Democrats looking for Manchin to leave No Labels
News ImageDemocrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia is facing mounting pressure from his Senate colleagues to resign from his position as the co-chairman of group No Labels, according to sources familiar with Senate Democratic politics. Democrats have been increasingly perturbed by the actions of No Labels, which bills itself as a force for bipartisanship in Washington. In the spring, the group raised hackles when it endorsed Republican Rep. Cory Gardner in his race to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado. Tensions escalated over the summer after Yahoo News reported the group was planning for a GOP takeover of the Senate. Such a takeover, the group suggested, could create more political gridlock, which would give No Labels an opportunity in its mission to fight gridlock by having more to fight.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:53:24 -0400
Obama White House did little to stop 'The Rise of ISIS,' says 'Frontline' documentary
News ImageThe Obama administration did almost nothing in response to intelligence warnings earlier this year that Islamic State radicals were gaining ground in Iraq and threatening the countrys stability, a former ambassador to Iraq says in a new interview.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:30:52 -0400
A State-by-State Look at Why the GOP Is Cautiously Optimistic About Election Day 2014
News ImageIs Democrats' Get-Out-the-Vote Machinery Enough to Save Their Majority?
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:43:00 -0400
5 Crazy Election 2014 Scenarios That Might Actually Happen
News ImageThese Outcomes Are Strange But Possible on Nov. 4
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:55:00 -0400
Ebola Worries Ease a Bit Despite Preparedness Concerns
News ImageEbola worries have eased slightly in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, despite a broad sense among Americans that their local hospitals are unprepared to deal with the virus and continued preference for a more robust response by the federal government. After the difficulties...
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:40:35 -0400
Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight
News ImageGRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:56:54 -0400
Elaborate FBI repairman ruse shown in videos
WASHINGTON (AP) Wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman, an undercover government agent walked into a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and recorded everything he saw as part of a major international gambling bust. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:24:58 -0400
Senate control could turn on 2 independents' moves
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) After millions of Americans vote next week, it's possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:19:07 -0400
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