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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

AL. House Speaker Hubbard arrested on ethics charges

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) β€” Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been arrested on felony ethics charges. Acting Attorney General Van Davis says a grand jury in Lee County indicted Hubbard on 23 charges accusing him of misusing his office as speaker and his previous office as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. Hubbard was processed Monday afternoon at the Lee County Jail.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

Republican senatorial candidate Joni Ernst, makes a statement to the media after a debate. Polls show Democrat Bruce Braley running as much as 14 points ahead her among women.
Justin Hayworth AP

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:42 pm

There's a woman running in the tight race for the Senate in Iowa β€” one of the contests that will decide who controls the Senate next year. Now, in the 21st Century, a female candidate for Senate may not sound historic. But in Iowa, it is.

The state shares a rare distinction with Mississippi. It has never elected a woman to the Senate, to the House, or to be governor.

Republican Joni Ernst is trying to change that in her race against Democrat Bruce Braley β€” a race in which the role of women voters is central.

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Politics & Government
9:21 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Today is the Deadline to Register to Vote for Nov. 4 Election

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Monday, October 20 is the deadline for Alabamians hoping to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

Voters may download registration forms online or visit their local boards of registrars' office during business hours.

Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett says voters who have moved since the last election should also update their addresses with local registrars.

Voters may also find sample ballots and information on statewide constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot online.

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Politics
3:43 am
Mon October 20, 2014

N.H. Senate Race Becomes Focal Point For Both Parties

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:32 am

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Politics
3:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

People hold signs, including some reading "America is ready for marriage," at a same-sex marriage victory celebration on Oct. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. America may be ready, but Republicans aren't: Rising popular support for same-sex marriage is posing a problem for the GOP.
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Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:24 am

When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it's hard to keep up.

Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage, the response from Republican leaders was deafening silence.

They were so quiet, some wondered whether the culture wars had finally ended with a Republican defeat.

Gary Bauer, a longtime social conservative activist, thinks that's nonsense.

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Politics
3:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

This Political Ad Was Paid For By β€” Oh, Never Mind

Among outside groups β€” that is, not candidates or party committees β€” more than half of this cycle's political ads are financed by secret donors.
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Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 1:53 pm

When you talk about "outside" money in politics, there's a good chance you'll talk about billionaire activists David and Charles Koch.

Especially if you're Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader regularly takes to the Senate floor to slam the Kochs for financing a network of conservative groups. Back in March, he said he was criticizing "two very wealthy brothers who intend to buy their own Congress, a Congress beholden to their money and bound to enact their radical philosophy."

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Politics
6:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 10:43 am

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Politics
6:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Political Campaigns From The Ad-Maker's View

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 10:43 am

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Simon Says
7:42 am
Sat October 18, 2014

A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 11:01 am

Dr. Doug Butzier died on duty this week. He was 59 and crashed in his own small plane flying home to Dubuque, Iowa.

Doug Butzier was a former paramedic who put himself through medical school and became chief of the emergency room and medical staff at Mercy Medical Center and the Dubuque Fire Department. An EMS supervisor named Wayne Dow told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "We adored him ... He appreciated what we did, and he never forgot where he came from."

Dr. Butzier leaves behind his wife, two sons, and three step-children.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

The Supreme Court early Saturday declined to block a Texas Voter ID law for the November election.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:50 pm

Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court has refused to block a Texas voter identification law for the November election after a lower federal court had deemed it restrictive and unconstitutional.

The ruling came just after 5 a.m. on Saturday. Three justices dissented.

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Politics
6:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

In Alaska Race For Governor, Democrats Try An Unusual Tactic: Dropping Out

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell was supposed to be cruising to re-election, but he's now in a serious contest against a non-partisan ticket.
Mark Thiessen AP

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 11:01 am

This November, for the first time since Alaska became a state, the ballot won't include a Democratic candidate for governor. The Democrats had a candidate, Byron Mallott, but around Labor Day, he dropped out β€” in order to sign up as a running mate for a non-partisan candidate named Bill Walker.

His decision to drop out was part of a negotiated deal between the Democrat and Walker, neither of whom had enough support on his own to beat the incumbent Republican, Sean Parnell.

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The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

How The Florida Governor's Debate Became #Fangate

This fan at the base of the lectern for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist Wednesday delayed the gubernatorial debate between Crist and Governor Rick Scott. The Scott campaign believed the fan violated the debate rules.
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If there's one thing Charlie Crist is afraid of, it's sweating in public.

Understand that, and what happened on a Fort Lauderdale governor's debate stage this week before a live television audience might make a bit more sense.

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Commentary
3:05 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Week In Politics: Midterm Elections, Ebola

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 5:26 pm

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Politics
3:05 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

New 'Ebola Czar' Has Political, Not Public Health, Background

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 5:26 pm

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Politics & Government
12:43 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Down to 6.6 Percent

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Alabama's unemployment rate has declined to 6.6 percent.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the September rate is an improvement from 6.9 percent in August.

The preliminary numbers show Alabama had about 6,600 fewer unemployed people than in August. But the preliminary figures also show that the number of employed Alabamians declined by about 1,600 and the civilian labor force shrank by nearly 8,200.

Alabama's unemployment rate is higher than the 6.4 percent recorded in September 2013, and it remains above the national unemployment figure of 5.9 percent.

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