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Stem cell battle in Missouri

The Stem Cell Initiative on the ballot in Missouri would amend the state’s constitution to protect stem cell research and therapies allowed by federal law. Missouri would be the first state to do so. The campaign on the proposed Amendment 2 has generated more money than any campaign in Missouri history for any ballot measure or for any federal or state elective office — probably more than $40 million by Nov. 7

Latino environmental activists shaping urban agenda

EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — Maria Valdez didn’t consider herself an environmentalist when she pressed this city east of Los Angeles to buy land ringed with factories and railroad tracks for a new neighborhood park.


N.J. ruling boosts struggle for marriage equality

A recent court decision has boosted the struggle for the legalization of same-sex marriage. Last week the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to the same state benefits, protections and obligations as different-sex couples. The court split, however, on how to remedy current state law.

San Jose, Calif., mayoral race hangs in balance

With a poll earlier this month showing the candidates neck-and-neck, San Jose’s nonpartisan mayoral contest between City Councilmembers Cindy Chavez and Chuck Reed has become a real cliff-hanger.


The Founding Fathers views on church and state

The right is fond of invoking the views of “the founding fathers,” but on church-state issues they run into a problem: The founding fathers themselves inserted language into the Constitution that prohibited any “religious test” for persons holding federal office, and later added the famous language in the First Amendment forbidding the “establishment of religion.”

EDITORIAL: Health care on the agenda

From door-knockers to phone bankers to families sitting around the kitchen table, pre-election conversation reflects a deep unease with the economy.


Governor race is one to watch in Bay State

The big electoral news here in Massachusetts is the fight for the governor’s office, largely between Democrat Deval Patrick and the Republican Lt. Gov. Kerry Healy. Two other candidates in the race are independent Christy Mihos, who originally was planning on running as a Republican, and Green-Rainbow candidate Grace Ross. All four have participated in the debates.

Arizona poised to rout Republicans

TUCSON, Ariz. — In spite of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for Arizona to require voters to show identification before casting a ballot, public opinion polls show several incumbent right-wing congressmen in deep trouble.


Ohio lashes out at Republicans: Minimum wage measure gives boost to turnout

CLEVELAND — Voters in Ohio, the bellwether state that gave George W. Bush the presidency by a slim margin, are poised to deliver a major rebuke to the Republican Party in the Nov. 7 elections.


Voter revolt could topple GOP: Labor spearheads fight for southern Senate seats

Harold Ford, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Tennessee, is a “favorite son” of AFSCME Local 1733, a lawmaker with a 100 percent voting record in support of working families in the Memphis district he has represented for 10 years in Congress.

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