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16-Dec-2004 - My Year of Living Dangerously

25-Nov-2004 - Corporate Support for Republicans

24-Nov-2004 - Seventy!

12-Nov-2004 - Quick Update

1-Nov-2004 - Election Eve News

1-Nov-2004 - Endorsement

1-Nov-2004 - Latest Polls

31-Oct-2004 - Words of Encouragement

31-Oct-2004 - Vote for Kerry Even in Safe States

31-Oct-2004 - Halloween Election News

30-Oct-2004 - Today's Political News

29-Oct-2004 - Political News of the Day

28-Oct-2004 - John Kerry's Historic Endorsements

28-Oct-2004 - 25 Years Combating LGBT Violence

28-Oct-2004 - Daily Political Updates

28-Oct-2004 - How You Can Protect Your Right to Vote

27-Oct-2004 - The Last Straw

27-Oct-2004 - Conservative Quotes for Kerry

27-Oct-2004 - Breaking Political News

27-Oct-2004 - Notable Quotes, Volume 5

26-Oct-2004 - Another Look at Taking Back the Senate

26-Oct-2004 - Breaking News of the Day

25-Oct-2005 - Breaking Political News of the Day

24-Oct-2004 - Can the Democrats Regain the House?

23-Oct-2004 - Early Voting Trends

23-Oct-2004 - Bits and Pieces, Volume 4

22-Oct-2004 - Bush OKs New Corporate Tax Cut

22-Oct-2004 - Beware Fox News and MSNBC

21-Oct-2004 - Gymnast Paul Hamm Gets to Keep Gold

20-Oct-2004 - Notable Quotes, Volume 4

20-Oct-2004 - Bits and Pieces, Volume 3

19-Oct-2004 - Movies Released in 2004

18-Oct-2004 - Bits and Pieces, Volume 2

18-Oct-2004 - The Crystal Prison

17-Oct-2004 - What If There's a Tie?

16-Oct-2004 - Notable Quotes, Volume 3

15-Oct-2004 - Endorsements for John Kerry

13-Oct-2004 - Notable Quotes, Volume 2

13-Oct-2004 - Bits and Pieces, Volume 1

12-Oct-2004 - Ranked Choice Voting Hits San Francisco

7-Oct-2004 - Notable Quotes, Volume 1

7-Oct-2004 - Prince Adares Shows Signs of Royal Affinity

7-Oct-2004 - Controlling the U.S. Senate

7-Oct-2004 - Key Battleground States

6-Oct-2004 - Democratic Hopes for the 2004 Elections

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Breaking Political News

With the election only a few days away, The Imperial Gazette is going to try to stay on top of breaking campaign news.


MSNBC Recruiting Citizen Journalists to Report on Voting Issues

In an effort to be on the ground everywhere, MSNBC is recruiting "citizen journalists" to photograph balloting around the country and report back on any voting issues. They're looking to get a sense of crowds and lines, the mood of the voters, and any voting problems or challenges.  (more...)


11 States Voting on Same-Sex Marriage

On November 2, voters in 11 states will vote on whether or not to amend their state constitutions to prohibit same-sex marriages. But some of the strongest versions have drawn opposition from some surprising quarters - including the Republican Attorney General of Utah.

Three of the states (Mississippi, Montana, and Oregon) only ban gay marriage, but in the remaining eight states (Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Utah) would also prohibit their states from adopting legislation around civil unions, and some could be interpreted to prohibit any form of domestic partnership legislation.

It's these harshest measures that are drawing the most opposition, even from Republicans who fear that it may make it harder for them to attract skilled workers. In Ohio, many prominent Republicans including Governor Bob Taft oppose the amendment, which is currently leading in the polls by 57%. In Utah, all three candidates for state Attorney General oppose their pending amendment, including the Republican incumbent. Michigan's is being vigorously opposed by the AFL-CIO on the grounds that it may eliminate existing domestic partnership benefits currently in place for its members.

Oregon's amendment, which isn't as punitive as many of the others, seems to have the best chance of being defeated.

But the harshest ones may also have the strongest grounds for legal challenges. An amendment banning both same-sex marriages and civil unions that recently passed in Louisiana was later struck down by the courts. The judge agreed with the plaintiff that the measure improperly addressed multiple issues (most states require that ballot measures be limited to only a single issue) because it did not give voters the opportunity to ban gay marriages while retaining civil unions or domestic partnerships.  (more...)


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