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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The death of Minnesota Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone has reminded many people of the similar tragedy two years ago that claimed the life of Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan. Unlike Sheila Wellstone, who also perished in the plane crash that killed her husband, Carnahan's widow, Jean, was left to continue her husband's legacy.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In his first media interview since making controversial remarks about Sen. Strom Thurmond's 1948 presidential run, incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) Wednesday denied that he favors racial segregation. Lott told Fox News Channel his remarks last week at Thurmond's 100th birthday party on Capitol Hill were a "mistake of the head and not of the heart."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite Lamar Alexander's status as a former presidential candidate, U.S. education secretary and governor, a leading conservative group has endorsed Alexander's opponent in Thursday's Republican primary for Tennessee's U.S. Senate seat.Rep. Ed Bryant got the nod from the American Conservative Union's political action committee."In the Tennessee primary, the conservative choice is clear. His name is Ed Bryant," said ACU-PAC chairman David Keene.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Patsy Mink, a Hawaii Democrat who died over the weekend, will remain on the November election ballot because her death came two days after the filing deadline. Mink died Saturday at age 74 after contracting viral pneumonia. Hawaii election officials said her name would remain on the November ballot along with Republican Bob McDermott and candidates from the Libertarian and Natural Law parties to represent Hawaii's Second District. A Mink victory would prompt a special election sometime next year.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A judge in Florida's Miami-Dade County Friday rejected a Republican political action committee's attempt to place poll watchers inside Miami-Dade's precincts during next Tuesday's general election. County Circuit Judge Eleanor Schockett's ruling was a victory for local Democrats like former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek who sued to stop the actions of the political action committee known as the "Emergency Campaign To Stop Bill McBride."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Voters in 40 states Tuesday will have the opportunity to decide ballot referenda dealing with drugs, gambling, taxes and just about every other controversial issue you can think of. Arizona and New Mexico have the most ballot measures this year -- 14.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Bush administration official Thursday admitted that efforts to eradicate Colombian poppy fields, the source of illegal heroin, lagged in 2001 and that stopping the current flow of heroin into the United States is made more difficult because of the "unholy alliance" between Colombian terrorist groups and the distributors of illegal drugs.Assistant Secretary of State Paul Simons testified at a hearing held by the House Committee on Government Reform.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Lamar Alexander - former Tennessee governor, U.S. education secretary and two-time Republican presidential candidate - easily defeated Rep. Ed Bryant Thursday to win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Fred Thompson. But many conservatives aren't happy about Alexander's win.Alexander will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Clement in November. Clement won the Democratic primary over token opposition.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Secretary of State Colin Powell is the most popular Bush administration figure among Americans according to a new Gallup Poll released Monday. His approval ratings are even higher than his boss, President George W. Bush.Powell received an 88 percent favorable rating the highest rating given to the four Bush administration officials measured in the poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Ohio voters by a 2 to 1 margin defeated a proposed state constitutional amendment that would required judges to prescribe treatment instead of jail time for drug possession offenses.The defeat means nonviolent first and second time drug offenders in the Buckeye State can still face jail time. The proposal would have required judges to order treatment instead of jail time for qualifying offenders who requested it.The issue was opposed by law enforcement, some state Ohio judicial leaders and medical and drug treatment organizations.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amid the many calls for Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott to resign, one conservative grassroots organization is defending Lott, arguing that the Mississippi senator is a victim of "political correctness run amok."Lott still intends to take over as Senate majority leader when the 108th Congress convenes in January, but is still experiencing the fallout from comments he made at the recent birthday party for retiring Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Voters in Michigan go to the polls Tuesday to determine nominees for governor, Congress and various local and state offices. But the big question that has dominated Michigan politics is: will Democrat John Dingell, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, survive an intra-party challenge?The 76-year-old Dingell faces fellow Democrat Lynn Rivers in a primary match to determine who will represent the redrawn Michigan 15th Congressional district.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush may have signed a bill directing him to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But the State Department authorization bill includes "advisory," not "mandatory" language, according to an official with the House International Relations Committee. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee interprets the bill as a mere "suggestion" to the president with nothing requiring Bush to recognize Jerusalem, the city at the heart of the bloody dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians, as the capital of Israel.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Massachusetts voters Tuesday defeated by a 59 to 41 percent vote a referendum to abolish the bay state's personal income tax. Many pollsters predicted that the initiative would fail. The measure was opposed by many Bay State Democrats and Republicans as well as Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney and Democrat Shannon O'Brien.The effort to scrap the state income tax had been the campaign centerpiece of Massachusetts Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate Carla Howell. She called the referendum the "Small Government Act."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional comments from Sen. Bill Frist.)(CNSNews.com) - Most Republican senators breathed a sigh of relief Friday over Sen. Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) resignation as Senate GOP leader and began looking ahead to new leadership in the 108th Congress. Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist has emerged as the favorite to replace Lott.Sen. Jeff Session (R-Ala.) told Fox News Channel, "He did the right thing. I'm glad that he made the decision that he did at this point. I think it was the right thing for him and the right thing for the Republican Party."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Tuesday, the long political battle for the Michigan governor's office will end for two of three Democratic candidates and one of two Republican candidates.Three-term Republican Gov. John Engler is barred from seeking another term.Vying for the Democratic nomination are Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, former Gov. James Blanchard and U.S. Rep. David Bonior.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Cuba's Castro government says millions of American dollars will be flowing into the communist run nation, thanks to a five-day U.S.-Cuba Food and Agriculture Exposition in Havana that ended Monday. But a Florida Republican lawmaker warns those companies not to expect a check in the mail from Fidel Castro anytime soon.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Voters in Florida overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment to prohibit tobacco smoking in restaurants and other enclosed indoor workplaces.The amendment was approved by 70 percent of Floridians. It made it to the statewide ballot because of petition drives by the Florida chapters of the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rowan County, N.C. Magistrate Court Judge Fred Moore Monday dismissed a small claims court case filed by Durham computer consultant Ken Pugh against the Elizabeth Dole for Senate campaign.A court spokesperson told CNSNews.com, "the case was dismissed with prejudice," by Moore. This means the case has been dismissed and cannot be brought back before the small claims court.However, Moore, according to his spokesperson, believes Pugh will probably appeal Monday's ruling.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Medical marijuana has been the subject of local petition drives and received marginal political attention over the years, but the issue is beginning to take a higher profile, if a Georgia Republican congressional primary election is any indication. The medical marijuana issue became the subject of a fierce television ad campaign launched by the Libertarian Party this week in a suburban Atlanta congressional district.