August 18, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania voters will not be required to produce identification to cast ballots in November. A Commonwealth Court judge has barred enforcement of the state's 2012 voter ID law until he makes a final determination in the case challenging the legislation. In his ruling Friday, Judge Bernard McGinley said while poll workers asking for ID was not itself disenfranchisement, a hardship was created for voters by the state's misleading or nonexistent information on the new law's requirements.
August 14, 2013
Midsummer in New Jersey brings to mind the boardwalk, the ocean, and, of course, the election. OK, the election is just this summer. Thanks to Gov. Christie's novel approach to election scheduling, which takes note of nothing so much as his own election, New Jersey will choose a successor to the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg in October - three weeks before Christie runs in the regularly scheduled November election. The Senate nominees will be chosen in a special primary today. On the Democratic side, The Inquirer has endorsed Newark Mayor CORY BOOKER , who has earned national recognition for his handling of urban issues.
August 2, 2013 |
TRENTON - Facing Republican criticism that she lacks the experience to step into the governor's seat, Milly Silva, announced this week as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, cites her role running a union of more than 8,000 health-care workers. "That executive experience leading bargaining, and being able to advocate on behalf of the people I represent, is an experience and credential that I will bring to the ticket and bring to New Jersey," Silva said Wednesday in an interview.
July 16, 2013 |
ATLANTA - With no immediate hope of overturning the Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion, Republicans around the country are pushing legislation to restrict the procedure, and Democrats say they'll make the GOP pay in coming elections. From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have advanced a range of ideas: banning nearly all abortions beyond the 20th week after conception; making abortion clinics follow regulations for surgical care; mandating that clinic physicians have admitting privileges at local hospitals; requiring women to get ultrasounds before terminating a pregnancy.
July 15, 2013 |
CAIRO - Islamist lawmakers in Egypt's disbanded upper house of parliament demanded Saturday that the army reinstate ousted President Mohammed Morsi, and called on other legislatures around the world not to recognize the country's new military-backed leadership. Morsi's supporters, including his Islamist allies, remain steadfast in their rejection of the military's toppling of the president nearly two weeks ago after millions took to the street to demand his ouster. They have staged a series of mass protests in Cairo to push their demands, and are vowing to stay in the streets until he is returned to office.
July 14, 2013 |
DORSET, Minn. - Supporters of the mayor in the tiny tourist town of Dorset can stuff the ballot box all they want as he seeks re-election. The mayor - a short guy - is known for his fondness of ice cream and fishing. And he's got the county's top law-enforcement official in his pocket. Say hello to Mayor Robert "Bobby" Tufts. He's 4 years old and not even in school yet. Bobby was only 3 when he won election last year as mayor of Dorset (population 22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town)
July 13, 2013 |
So much for Puig-mania sweeping the country. Give this contest to Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman. Freeman and Toronto reliever Steve Delabar won the fan voting for the final spots in Tuesday's All-Star Game, meaning Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig is likely headed for a few days off after a terrific start in his major-league career. Freeman set a record with 19.7 million votes, and Puig was second. Major League Baseball did not release the vote total for Puig, but did say he surpassed the previous record for the final vote of 15.6 million for former Phillie Shane Victorino in 2009.
July 11, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's military-backed interim leader named a new prime minister and won $8 billion in promises of aid from wealthy Arab allies in the gulf on Tuesday in moves aimed at stabilizing a political transition less than a week after the army deposed the Islamist president. The armed forces warned political factions that "maneuvering" must not hold up its ambitious timetable for new elections next year. The sharp message underlined how strongly the military is shepherding the process, even as liberal reform movements that backed its removal of Mohammed Morsi complained that now they are not being consulted in decision-making.
July 8, 2013 |
Fed up with a lack of competition in "safe" legislative districts, California voters ditched the state's conventional primary system two years ago and implemented the "Top Two Open Primary. " The initiative was called Proposition 14, a concept I embraced on this page. Here's how it works: Candidates choose whether to associate themselves with a particular party or run unaffiliated. All candidates are then listed on the same ballot, and every voter, regardless of party affiliation (or lack thereof)
July 6, 2013 |
CAIRO - Tahrir Square was largely empty Thursday. The smell of rotting garbage hung in the air. The crumpled banners, empty soda cans, and old corncobs of the Egyptians who had celebrated the ousting of their president lay smashed and strewn across the pavement. Those Egyptians who remained spoke of hopes for an "honest" president to replace the deposed Mohammed Morsi. They said they were optimistic that the military, bolstered by an uprising of millions, had given Egypt a new beginning - a chance to get the country's revolution right after 21/2 years of misfires.