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The Web We Weave: Obviously Political Group Tells IRS It Isn't Involved in Politics

The Web We Weave: Obviously Political Group Tells IRS It Isn't Involved in Politics
A Better America Now — a Florida-based organization — reported to the Federal Election Commission it had spent about $65,000 for a spider-themed mailer and TV advertising in the hard-fought race to represent Texas’ 23rd district. But in a tax return recently filed with the IRS, the group claimed it did not spend any money at all on “direct or indirect political campaign activities.” Right.
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Chris Christie Supports Marriage Inequality and Thus Himself in 2016 Republican Primary

Chris Christie Supports Marriage Inequality and Thus Himself in 2016 Republican Primary
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie blasted the Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings, saying they were "wrong," "inappropriate," and "insulting." By supporting the 2,000 year old institution of marriage, Christie continues his angling towards the 2016 Republican primary.
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VA Republicans Nominate Homophobic 'Ex-Gay' Proponent to Board of Elections

VA Republicans Nominate Homophobic 'Ex-Gay' Proponent to Board of Elections
Republicans in Fairfax County, Va., recently released its endorsements for the Fairfax County Board of Elections. At the top the list, was one Stephen Hunt. It's a name that sounds generic enough to anyone not deeply invested in local politics, but to anyone who sat on an area school board or perhaps a town meeting since 2005 knows the man's specificity all too well.
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Dem Markey Locks Up John Kerry’s Senate Seat

Dem Markey Locks Up John Kerry’s Senate Seat
Longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey defeated Republican political newcomer Gabriel Gomez in a special election on Tuesday for the state's U.S. Senate seat long held by John Kerry, a race that failed to draw the attention that the state's 2010 special Senate election did.
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More Mainstream VA Republicans Side With Sanity/McAuliffe in Fear of Cuccinelli

More Mainstream VA Republicans Side With Sanity/McAuliffe in Fear of Cuccinelli
It's fascinating to watch the old-school Virginia Republicans — mainstream, moderate, pragmatic — throw their support to Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe, not to Tea Partier Ken Cuccinelli. And it's a trend that will probably continue, as the Republican ticket fights off charges of corruption and craziness.
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Re-Defining Rape and Abortion Likely to Define Colorado Congressional Race

Re-Defining Rape and Abortion Likely to Define Colorado Congressional Race
Abortion issues have played a key role in recent campaigns at all levels in Colorado, on the campaign trail and in political advertising, and they are likely to take center stage in this race, as U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and challenger Andrew Romanoff fight for the critical votes of women in Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District.
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Redistricting Common Sense: Voting Maps Made by Voters, Not Politicians

Redistricting Common Sense: Voting Maps Made by Voters, Not Politicians
California's redistricting commission wasn't the most popular idea when it was first introduced, but its apparent success seems to have made it a populist idea — and a potential model for other states.
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Ken Cuccinell's Slippery Slope of Corruption: Oil and Gas Edition

Ken Cuccinell's Slippery Slope of Corruption: Oil and Gas Edition
In his brief time in the national spotlight, Attorney General of Virginia and Republican candidate for Governor Ken Cuccinelli is no stranger to scandal. Next up on his defense docket? Explaining why staff from the Attorney General's office was assisting two energy companies embattled in lawsuits against the people of Virginia.
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From Senator to NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice in Four Months or Less

From Senator to NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice in Four Months or Less
Newly minted U.S. Senator for the state of New Jersey Jeff Chiesa has acted according to GOP protocol after being appointed by Gov. Christie to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg last week. His term is up in four months after October's special election, but could he be headed towards the state's Supreme Court next?
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Colorado Senator Warned of Patriot Act's Potential for Privacy Invasions

Colorado Senator Warned of Patriot Act's Potential for Privacy Invasions
He made impassioned speeches on the Senate floor, held press conferences and appeared on the Sunday talk shows. For years, Colorado Senator Mark Udall has been telling anyone who will listen that key provisions of the Patriot Act are being used by the the government to tread on citizens’ constitutional rights to privacy. This week, they started listening.
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