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What Rules? Supreme Court Justice Nominee Campaigns in Uniform, Breaks a Big DoD No-No

What Rules? Supreme Court Justice Nominee Campaigns in Uniform, Breaks a Big DoD No-No
Popping on computers across Michigan last week were campaign advertisements for the state's Supreme Court justice that supported James Robert Redford. They showed the GOP candidate in his military uniform, looking very proud. The problem? The Department of Defense has a few rules about that.
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Planned Big Brotherhood: How the GOP Turns Abortion into Millions of Votes Every Election

Planned Big Brotherhood: How the GOP Turns Abortion into Millions of Votes Every Election
Protecting the defenseless unborn can easily be cast as a high moral purpose. The issue arises on the human scale, no complex systems involved. It concerns family relationships, and also involves the consequences of sexual behavior, on which cultural traditions have had much to say. It's the perfect issue to exploit the vote out of millions of Americans.
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Goliath Gets Bigger: California's Prop 1 War Chest Grows to $16.4 Million

Goliath Gets Bigger: California's Prop 1 War Chest Grows to $16.4 Million
The debate over the pros and cons of Proposition 1, Jerry Brown's $7.5 billion water bond, is very important, but an even bigger issue in any environmental battle or process is the money behind the campaign. The big corporate money behind the water bond largely determines who the bond will benefit — billionaires, corporate agribusiness, oil companies and The 1%, not the people, fish or wildlife of California.
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Ghastly Gardner's Game: New Site Spoofs CO GOPer's Scary Stances

Ghastly Gardner's Game: New Site Spoofs CO GOPer's Scary Stances
Colorado's Cory Gardner is already a spooky fellow, which makes him an ideal candidate for a Halloween-themed interactive website launched by Senator Mark Udall's campaign.
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'Race Baiting' Charge Heats Up Minnesota Secretary Of State Debate

'Race Baiting' Charge Heats Up Minnesota Secretary Of State Debate
The two candidates for Secretary of State for Minnesota traded barbs with Democrat Steve Simon calling Republican Dan Severson's plan to revamp the state's voting process as an exercise in "race baiting".
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Gillespie Throws Hail Mary During MNF as VA Senate Campaign Runs Out of Cash: 'I'll Oppose the Anti-Redskins Bill'

Gillespie Throws Hail Mary During MNF as VA Senate Campaign Runs Out of Cash: 'I'll Oppose the Anti-Redskins Bill'
Even though "Name of the NFL Franchise in DC" isn't on any list of top concerns among Virginia voters, Ed Gillespie's campaign is running out of time and down by a score. Low on cash and down double digits in the polls with just days remaining, the GOP candidate had to throw a hail mary pass. With Dallas hosting Washington on Monday Night Football, Gillespie went on the record in a way that wasn't ostentatious or desperate at all.
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Rubs Eyes, Takes Big Gulp: Soda Lobby Drops $9.4M Against Bay Area Beverage Tax

Rubs Eyes, Takes Big Gulp: Soda Lobby Drops $9.4M Against Bay Area Beverage Tax
If you are in the Bay Area, you won't be surprised to hear that the beverage association and its member companies have spent quite the hefty total on the two measures. But the number still may seem excessive: a top soda lobbyist — yes, of course that's a real thing — has spent $9.4 million in the Berkeley and San Francisco blasting the tax.
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Getting Thinner All the Time: WI's Scott Walker's Re-Election Chances Narrow to a Hair's Breadth

Getting Thinner All the Time: WI's Scott Walker's Re-Election Chances Narrow to a Hair's Breadth
Progressives United Political Director Josh Orton joins Sam Seder in helping to explain just why Scott Walker's re-election campaign is facing so many hurdles. Could it be that his anti-women, anti-labor stances haven't gained the traction he thought they would? Hmm.
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Colorado's Millennial Problem: Disaffection, Disillusionment, Issues in Upcoming Elections

Colorado's Millennial Problem: Disaffection, Disillusionment, Issues in Upcoming Elections
Students may have rallied against a Colorado school boards proposed changes to the AP curricula, but it doesn't mean youth anger will spill over into the ballot box.
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Oh Canada! Corporations from North of the Border Have Already Spent $15M Lobbying US in 2014

Oh Canada! Corporations from North of the Border Have Already Spent $15M Lobbying US in 2014
As the mid-term elections in the United States continue to heat up, a new report released Wednesday shows that Canadian corporations have registered at least $15.3 million USD in spending on direct lobbying of the U.S. federal government in the first nine months of 2014.
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