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For Super Tuesday, New Voting ID Requirements Were in Effect

For Super Tuesday, New Voting ID Requirements Were in Effect

Five states in the South and Southwest enforced stricter voting identification requirements on Super Tuesday, as citizens in a dozen states cast ballots for their presidential choices.  The states, which have stricter photo identification policies before a citizen can vote, were Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, the Brennan Center for Justice, which is monitoring […]

Election 2016: Voters Want Jobs and Social Security Protection

Election 2016: Voters Want Jobs and Social Security Protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finally, something that polarized Americans can agree on. Ask people what economic issues will be important for the next president, and Democrats, Republicans and independents alike all put a high priority on protecting Social Security and reducing unemployment. Beyond that, though, their lists of top economic concerns for the next president are […]

San Diego Vote on Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Days Is Set

San Diego Vote on Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Days Is Set

For at least three months in 2014, the minimum wage vote in San Diego was at the epicenter of the movement to help working families earn more so they could pay their monthly bills. The issue soon turned into a back and forth, including the City Council, grassroots supporters and Mayor Kevin Faulconer.  The City Council […]

Obama’s $4T Budget Focuses on Education, Health Care and Taxes

Obama’s $4T Budget Focuses on Education, Health Care and Taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive wish list, which comes as the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook is deteriorating, underscores the initiatives pushed […]

Report: Turning Out White Voters Is Key for Cruz in Election 2016

Report: Turning Out White Voters Is Key for Cruz in Election 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among millions of conservative White voters — mostly evangelical Christians and the White working class — who […]

Undocumented Immigrants Could Face Stiffer Penalties in Ariz.

Undocumented Immigrants Could Face Stiffer Penalties in Ariz.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature made its latest foray into the immigration debate on Wednesday by giving initial approval to stiffer penalties for immigrants who break the law while in the country illegally, forbidding judges from giving them any leniency in the courts.  Arizona passed a series of immigration crackdowns last decade that culminated […]

Election 2016: Citizenship Proof Needed in Ala., Kan. and Ga.

Election 2016: Citizenship Proof Needed in Ala., Kan. and Ga.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal elections official has decided — without public notice or review from his agency’s commissioners — that residents of Alabama, Kansas and Georgia can no longer register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of U.S. citizenship. The action by the new executive director of the U.S. Election […]