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Al Gore: Voter suppression like 'racist Jim Crow tactics'

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Al Gore: Voter suppression like 'racist Jim Crow tactics' 06 Nov 2012 Al Gore said Tuesday on Current TV that the attempt this cycle to stop people from voting has been "un-American" and a "disgrace," adding that it is a "strategy that is a direct descendent" of "racist Jim Crow tactics." Gore, who co-founded the left-leaning cable channel, said he hopes there will be a "reckoning for these governors and state legistures that have intentionally tried to prevent people from voting. It is un-American." The problem -- which he said included the long lines facing many voters, particularly in Florida -- must be addressed in a bipartisan way after the election.

Tammy Baldwin tops Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Tammy Baldwin tops Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin 07 Nov 2012 Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin has knocked off former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the Wisconsin Senate race, holding onto the seat for Democrats and making history by becoming the first openly gay member of the Senate. In an acceptance speech, Baldwin said Thomspon had called to congratulate her on the race. The AP called the race for Baldwin, 50.3 percent to Thompson's 47 percent. "I am honored, and humbled and ready to get to work. I am well aware I will have the honor to be Wisconsin's first woman senator," she said. "I am well aware I will be the first openly gay member [of the Senate]. I didn't run to make history I ran to make a difference. I know that many of the people listening to the speech tonight may not have voted for me... and I ask you to work with me to move our state forward."

Mitt Romney called President Barack Obama to concede

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Breaking: Mitt Romney called President Barack Obama to concede --Romney will speak shortly 07 Nov 2012

Karl Rove: Fox News Ohio call 'premature'

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Karl Rove had paid a fortune to buy this election for Mitt Romney. Thus, he *demands* the desired outcome: Karl Rove: Fox News Ohio call 'premature' 06 Nov 2012 Fox News has called Ohio for President Barack Obama, but Karl Rove disagreed with that decision Tuesday night, saying the state is far from settled and the call was "premature." Fox News’s Chris Wallace said the Romney campaign does "not believe Ohio is in the Obama camp," noting that he got an email from a top Romney aide who said the campaign disagrees with the network's call. He then asked Rove if he believed Ohio has been settled. "No, I don't," Rove said.

Fiery consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren beats Scott Brown in Massachusetts Senate race

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Fiery consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren beats Scott Brown in Massachusetts Senate race --Warren makes history as first woman elected to serve as US senator from Massachusetts 07 Nov 2012 Democrat Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law professor who promised to battle for a struggling middle class, defeated incumbent Republican Scott Brown tonight in the Massachusetts Senate race, despite Brown's attempts to paint himself as a one of a dying breed, a moderate New England Republican. In other races, President Barack Obama, on his way to victory nationally, beat Mitt Romney handily in traditionally blue Massachusetts, even though Romney is a former Bay State governor and planned to hold his election night party here.

Obama wins a second term as U.S. president

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Obama wins a second term as U.S. president 07 Nov 2012 A sharply divided America awarded President Barack Obama a second term Tuesday, choosing him over Republican Mitt Romney to lead the repair of an economy that by far remains the country's biggest concern, the Washington Post projects. The president was poised to narrowly win several tight races in a handful of battleground states. Democrats also held onto their majority in the Senate, picking up two seats in early returns with the possibility of a third. By 11 p.m., Obama had already won the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin, the home of Romney's running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.

Chris Murphy tops Linda McMahon in Conn. Senate race

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Chris Murphy tops Linda McMahon in Conn. Senate race 06 Nov 2012 Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy handily won the Connecticut Senate race, beating Republican Linda McMahon, even after the former wrestling executive spent more than $42 million of her own money in her bid for the seat. The Associated Press called the race for Murphy shortly after the polls closed in Connecticut at 8 p.m.

Pa.'s new voter-ID law caused confusion, voters say

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Pa.'s new voter-ID law caused confusion, voters say 06 Nov 2012 Pennsylvania's new voter-ID law, largely invalidated for the general election, still managed to sow some confusion and controversy Tuesday. Voters were not always asked for photo ID, as was supposed to happen during the so-called soft rollout. Anyone who could not or would not show an ID should have been allowed to vote as usual. But some voters complained that poll workers demanded an ID or tried to force them to submit provisional ballots.

President Obama wins Ohio and is Reelected

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

President Obama wins Ohio and is Reelected 06 Nov 2012 President Barack Obama will win the critical swing state of Ohio, putting him over the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the White House - media reports.

Republicans Set Back in Senate in Florida and Connecticut

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Republicans Set Back in Senate in Florida and Connecticut 07 Nov 2012 Democrats snatched Republican Senate seats in Indiana and Massachusetts on Tuesday and were poised to hold control of the Senate, handing Republicans a string of stinging defeats for the second campaign season in a row. In Indiana, Representative Joe Donnelly did what had seemed impossible by taking a Senate seat for the Democrats in a deep-red state... In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor, swept from power Senator Scott P. Brown, the Republican whose surprise victory in January 2010 heralded the coming of the Tea Party wave. Those Democratic triumphs followed quick wins in Ohio, Connecticut, Florida and Pennsylvania, all states where Republicans had harbored ambitions of victory that would propel them to a Senate majority for the first time since 2006.

Exit polls 2012: Voters blame George W. Bush

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Exit polls 2012: Voters blame George W. Bush 06 Nov 2012 Early exit polls released on Tuesday evening show that about half of voters still blame President [sic] George W. Bush more than President Barack Obama for the country's economic problems and most cite the economy as their top issue in the election. The exit poll results released by The Associated Press fit with the argument Obama's team has been making in the lead-up to the election.

Maggie Hassan is Only Democratic Woman Governor in US

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Breaking: Maggie Hassan is Only Democratic Woman Governor in US (EMILY's List) 06 Nov 2012 We've just scored a major win for New Hampshire women and families -- Maggie Hassan will be the next governor of the Granite State and the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country.

Warren wins in MA; Brown projected to win in Ohio; Obama to win WI

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Breaking: Warren wins in MA; Brown projected to win in Ohio; Obama to win WI 06 Nov 2012

Barack Obama will win Pennsylvania, Michigan

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Breaking: Barack Obama will win Pennsylvania, Michigan - NBC News 06 Nov 2012

2012 election: 'Mayhem' and 6-hour waits in Miami

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

2012 election: 'Mayhem' and 6-hour waits in Miami 06 Nov 2012 Voting is continuing into the night Tuesday at a condo tower south of downtown here where "Hispanics for Obama" placards compete with an anti-communist poster taped to a palmetto bush - and where some residents say they’ve waited as long six hours to cast their ballots. "This is mayhem," said Carla Batlle of Miami, who emerged with her husband, Adrian, after an ordeal that began at 1:10 p.m. and didn’t end until almost 7. "It's a debacle. This is unorganized, unprofessional." Hundreds more were still waiting in a line snaking through the parking lot well past the official 7 p.m. EST closing time for the polls.

Republicans projected to retain House majority

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Breaking: Republicans projected to retain House majority 06 Nov 2012 Republicans are projected to hold their majority in the House, according to CNN, keeping the gavel in the hands of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Democrats would have needed a net gain of 25 seats to recapture the House, and early results in races across the country show them falling well short of that mark. The result is a resounding victory for House Republicans, who rode into power in the Tea Party-fueled wave election of 2010, and a bitter defeat for Democrats who had hoped to make Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Speaker of the House once more.

Ohio faces controversy over voting machines

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Ohio faces controversy over voting machines 06 Nov 2012 As people head to the polls today to cast their ballots, a critical "battleground" state in the presidential election faces a last-minute controversy over its voting machines. In Ohio, a lawsuit alleges that Secretary of State Suppression Jon Husted (R) and Election Systems & Software, an Omaha, Neb., company that makes electronic voting systems used in the state, improperly approved the use of untested, non-state certified software in voting machines to help tally results. The suit -- filed Monday in federal district court... claims that the software could erroneously alter election results or even lead to election fraud. According to the complaint, the suit alleges that the software could introduce mistakes into the vote count, or allow third parties to manipulate the results.

Early Senate calls go to Democrats

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Early Senate calls go to Democrats 06 Nov 2012 The first three competitive Senate races called tonight by the AP: Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy defeated GOP wrestling mogul Linda McMahon, who spent nearly $100 million of her own money on back-to-back 2010 and 2012 Senate campaigns. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson easily turned back a challenge from Republican Rep. Connie Mack, winning a third term in the Senate. Independent former Maine Gov. Angus King won the three-way race to succeed GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe. He hasn't announced which party he'd caucus with but is expected to join the Democrats.

High traffic crashes Chicago elections website, polls now closed

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

High traffic crashes Chicago elections website, polls now closed 06 Nov 2012 A long -- and, at times, frustrating -- day at polling places throughout Chicago ended Tuesday with voters helping decide the presidential race, the future of Congress and scores of other issues. Within the first two hours of voting, 300,000 to 400,000 Chicagoans cast ballots. Officials predicted a similar turnout to four years ago, when 73 percent of registered voters in the city went to the polls.

CT, SC, other state media projections

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

CT, SC, other state media projections 06 Nov 2012 President Obama will win Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Mitt Romney will win Oklahoma and South Carolina, CNN projects.

Sellafield nuclear waste storage poses 'intolerable risk'

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Sellafield nuclear waste storage poses 'intolerable risk' 06 Nov 2012 An "intolerable risk" is being posed by hazardous waste stored in run-down buildings at Sellafield nuclear plant, a watchdog has found. The National Audit Office (NAO) also said that for 50 years, the operators of the Cumbria installation failed to develop a long-term plan for waste.Costs of plant-decommissioning has also spiralled out of control, it said.

Voting problems reported in several states

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Voting problems reported in several states 06 Nov 2012 Americans went to the polls by the tens of millions Tuesday, and while most voted without incident, long waits, legal disputes and lingering damage from Hurricane Sandy hindered balloting in several states. In Philadelphia, some voters reported that election workers required photo identification, despite a judge's ruling last month placing Pennsylvania's tough new ID law on hold for 2012. Officials are permitted to ask for photo identification as part of a test run but not as a condition for voting. Albert Hill, 56, said he argued for 10 minutes with a poll monitor who insisted he would not be allowed to vote unless he showed his photographic identification. He said he watched two African American women leave the line in front of him because they were turned away for the same reason.

Virginia too close to call; Romney wins Indiana and Kentucky, Obama takes Vermont

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Virginia too close to call; Romney wins Indiana and Kentucky, Obama takes Vermont 06 Nov 2012 Polls closed in six states at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, and Fox News projects Mitt Romney carrying Indiana and Kentucky, with President Obama winning Vermont. Three other states, though -- among them the key battleground of Virginia -- were too close to call. South Carolina and Georgia are the other two. In Virginia, Fox News exit polls show the race so tight that neither Romney nor Obama have even a slight lead. Ohio, another crucial battleground, will close its polls at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Sandy disrupts voting; Northeast braces for new storm

November 7, 2012 by legitgov

Sandy disrupts voting; Northeast braces for new storm 06 Nov 2012 The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy created chaos and long lines at voting stations in the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday while officials braced for a new storm due to batter the region on Wednesday. The former hurricane that walloped New York and New Jersey eight days ago continued to create misery for the thousands who lost their homes and 900,000 households and businesses that remained without power. Voters casting ballots for the U.S. president endured confusion at makeshift polling stations. In New York City's Rockaways, a badly damaged barrier island community facing the Atlantic, people whose homes were damaged or destroyed or lacked power went to vote in a tent.

Voting machine changes Obama to Romney

November 6, 2012 by legitgov

Voting machine changes Obama to Romney 07 Nov 2012 Computer problems, as well as human ones, have drawn complaints across the US as millions of Americans go to the polls. One Pennsylvania voter highlighted a problem with voting machines on YouTube, complete with video, in which a touchscreen changed his choice from President Barack Obama to Republican Mitt Romney. "I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted," the man wrote. "I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney." This was not the first allegation of foul-ups with electronic machines. In Ohio, some Republicans claimed machines were changing Romney votes to Obama, while Democrats accused Republican state officials of installing untested "experimental" software at the last minute.

US sailors on Okinawa charged with gang rape, robbery

November 6, 2012 by legitgov

US sailors on Okinawa charged with gang rape, robbery 06 Nov 2012 Japanese authorities charged two U.S. Navy sailors Tuesday with gang raping and robbing an Okinawan woman outside Kadena Air Base last month, an incident that sparked a curfew for all U.S. servicemembers in the country. Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, both 23, are accused of choking and raping the woman in a parking lot for nearly an hour Oct. 16, according to the Naha public prosecutor's office and police statements. Browning is also charged with stealing 7,000 yen (about $87) from the woman’s bag during the assault.

Protests in Tokyo Against US Osprey Aircraft

November 6, 2012 by legitgov

Protests in Tokyo Against US Osprey Aircraft 04 Nov 2012 Thousands of people have rallied against American deployment of Osprey military aircraft on a southern Japanese island amid escalating anti-U.S. military sentiment following recent crimes. Protesters gathered Sunday at a Tokyo park demanding removal of 12 MV-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft from Okinawa. Ospreys were deployed in October despite local opposition over safety concerns following two crashes elsewhere. They chanted, "Ospreys out! Marine Corps out!"

Billions more needed to refurbish B61 nuclear bombs

November 6, 2012 by legitgov

Billions more needed to refurbish B61 nuclear bombs --NNSA's internal agency bottom line for project in July had risen to $6.8 billion 04 Nov 2012 The National Nuclear Security Administration, already under fire for billions of dollars of cost overruns, has underestimated by billions more how much it will cost to refurbish the nation's stockpile of B61 nuclear bombs, according to an independent cost assessment commissioned by the agency. Already juggling its budget to cope with existing problems, the agency will likely need to come up with another $1 billion per year for the next few years if the project is to go ahead as currently envisioned, according to a summary of the assessment obtained by the Journal.

Security chiefs refused order from PM in 2010 to prepare military to strike Iran within hours if necessary - TV report

November 6, 2012 by legitgov

Security chiefs refused order from PM in 2010 to prepare military to strike Iran within hours if necessary, TV report says 04 Nov 2012 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered their security chiefs in 2010 to have the military ready to attack Iran's nuclear facilities within hours if necessary, but were rebuffed by the security chiefs, an Israeli TV investigate news program claimed on Sunday. The order to step up military readiness was given by Netanyahu and Barak to the then-chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Gabi Ashkenazi, and to the then-head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan, at a meeting on an unspecified date, the report claimed. But Dagan reportedly retorted that the order, if followed, might lead to a war based on an illegal decision.

New York and New Jersey help Sandy-hit residents vote in US election

November 6, 2012 by legitgov

New York and New Jersey help Sandy-hit residents vote in US election --Shuttle buses take the homeless and those without power to non-damaged polling stations as new storm approaches 06 Nov 2012 Residents of areas of New York and New Jersey that were left without power when Hurricane Sandy struck last week were on Monday being bused to non-damaged polling stations, in order to vote. Executive orders have been signed in both states to allow voters to cast their ballot at any booth, in an attempt to accommodate people who were forced out of their homes by the superstorm. Ernie Landante, a spokesman for the New Jersey Division of Elections, said: "We are doing everything we can in this extraordinary situation not to disenfranchise voters displaced by Sandy. Their voices and their votes will be heard no differently than anyone else's."

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