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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.

Calls mount to bring troops home from Afghanistan

This month, as the war in Afghanistan entered its eighth year, U.S. military and intelligence agencies warned of growing problems, the country’s economic situation continued to deteriorate, and calls grew for a peaceful resolution.

The ultimate injustice

The state of Georgia is set to kill Troy Anthony Davis on Oct. 27. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme refused to take up Mr. Davis' appeal, terminating a temporary stay of execution.

Jon Burge arrested!

Hope springs that justice will be served CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge, 60, was arrested by federal agents at his home near Tampa, Fla., Oct. 21 and charged with two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of perjury. According to the U.S. attorney’s office Burge lied about whether he and officers he supervised used torture methods on murder suspects, scores of African American men in the 1970s and 1980s, who were forced to confess to crimes they say they did not commit.

Hillary Clinton rallies Youngstown, Ohio for Obama, Biden

A noisy and enthusiastic crowd greeted Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) at an Obama/Biden election rally held at Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Gymnasium today. With just 18 days left until the election, the Youngstown area is going into high gear with its second rally this week. On Monday vice presidential candidate Joe Biden visited neighboring Warren to kickoff a state bus tour.

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Its spelled J-O-B-S!

Barack Obama and John McCain put forward two very different approaches to the economic meltdown last week.

Coalition mobilizes to protect the vote

The Baltimore Sun debunked Republican charges that ACORN is flooding state election boards with phony voter registration cards. “This sounds more like partisan sniping than legitimate complaints aimed at protecting ballot box integrity,” the Oct. 13 Sun editorial charged. ACORN is required by law to deliver all voter registration cards, including duplicates and those improperly filled out, to election boards, and ACORN flagged all faulty cards, the Sun said. “ACORN says it’s registered 1.3 million voters nationwide. Any operation that big is bound to produce errors but the irregularities cited by GOP critics are miniscule compared with the number of valid applications.”

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