October

Dems could sweep congressional races

A growing tide of support for Barack Obama, including endorsements by several prominent Republicans, is helping propel a potential “sweep” for Democrats in the House and Senate. Most notable was this month’s endorsement by Colin Powell, who cited “the vitriol and bigotry and prejudice” of the McCain-Palin campaign.

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Youth rock the vote -- early

CHICAGO – In an effort to promote participation in the presidential elections, over 100 youth and students came together here Oct. 28 during a Southwest side early voting rally in order to outline an agenda based on issues important to young people.

Merrilee Milstein Day puts working families needs first

New Hampshire attracted a lot of excitement in 2004 as the only state in the country to flip from red to blue in the presidential elections. There was jubilation that night as Kerry defeated Bush by just over 9,000 votes, before the national results were counted.

Talks in Kansas City focus on immigration

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 'We can not talk about immigration, without talking about racism,' said Jane Guskin, co-author of The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers, to a packed audience at the Guadeloupe Community Center here October 23.

Call center workers walk off job rather than read script attacking Obama

Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.

Economic concerns behind political shift in Indiana

Barack Obama’s surge in Indiana’s Oct. 23 Big10 Battleground Poll to a 10 point lead over John McCain (51 to 41 percent) is not surprising, considering the sharp concerns raised by workers at a union-sponsored forum in Indianapolis Oct. 22.

Miami's early voters talk change

MIAMI --- With early voting for president in heavily Democratic Miami-Dade County running ahead of 2004, there’s a good chance Florida could end up in the Obama column Nov. 4.

Voters in Houston poised to boot out the right wing

HOUSTON — Deep in the intellectual and financial heart of Texas, voters are turning out in record numbers in early voting here. According to Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman, a Republican, the numbers are up 106 percent over 2004, as of the sixth day of in-person early voting. Early voting will continue until Oct. 31 in Texas.

Block the Vote

These days, the old west rail hub of Las Vegas, New Mexico, is little more than a dusty economic dead zone amid a boneyard of bare mesas. In national elections, the town overwhelmingly votes Democratic: More than 80 percent of all residents are Hispanic, and one in four lives below the poverty line. On February 5th, the day of the Super Tuesday caucus, a school-bus driver named Paul Maez arrived at his local polling station to cast his ballot. To his surprise, Maez found that his name had vanished from the list of registered voters, thanks to a statewide effort to deter fraudulent voting. For Maez, the shock was especially acute: He is the supervisor of elections in Las Vegas.

Northeast Ohio senior citizens organize

Over 200 union retirees filled the Mahoning County Country Club in Girard Ohio, on Friday, October 24th to promote the Northeast Ohio Alliance for Senior Action. The Alliance is promoting greater activism among retired union members on behalf of issues of concern to senior citizens like health care, housing and Social Security.

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