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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) - 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) - 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Department of Energy marks its 25th birthday on Tuesday, and one taxpayer advocacy group says 25 years is enough. Get rid of it, says the group Citizens Against Government Waste."As with most commodities, market do a better job of providing energy than government ever will," said CAGW President Tom Schatz. "After a quarter century of federal and state government meddling, are we closer to energy independence than we were in 1977?" he asked in a press release.
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) - At least one conservative economist doesn't think the weakened economy will hurt Republican prospects during the upcoming November election. The prediction comes as more bad economic news came out in Washington Friday.The Labor Department Friday said worker productivity grew at an annual rate of 1.1 percent in the second quarter, which was slightly weaker than the 1.5 percent pace many economic analysts were forecasting.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush's intervention in the West Coast port shutdown has drawn criticism from both the right and left. A conservative group said Bush needed to address the larger problem of compulsory unionism, while House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (Mo.) said the president has turned his back on collective bargaining.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If you thought the Democratic Party had gotten over the 36-day voter recount controversy in Florida in 2000 that propelled George W. Bush into the White House, you had better think again.Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who made the president's brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the Democrats' number one target for defeat this year, sounded a note of defiance Wednesday after Bush won re-election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of more than 180 civil rights organizations wants a meeting with Bill Frist, the next majority leader of the U.S. Senate, to get assurances that Republican Party pledges of racial inclusiveness translate into policy changes.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Only days after losing the Democratic nomination for another term in the U.S. House, Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is already said to be considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2004. If she did run for the Senate, McKinney would presumably challenge Democratic incumbent Zell Miller, who earlier this year called McKinney's comments about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks "loony."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite efforts by Democratic Party leaders to defuse Iraq as a political issue four weeks before the election, 126 of the House's 208 Democrats defied their leadership and voted against a resolution giving President Bush authority to use military force against Iraq.The resolution passed 296-133 in the full House.House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) not only voted in favor of the resolution, he co-authored it.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In his first full-scale White House press conference since July, President George W. Bush Thursday predicted the United Nations would approve a "tough, new resolution" ordering Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to disarm.Discussions on that resolution continued at the U.N. headquarters in New York Thursday and a vote was expected in the Security Council Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A long-standing feud between two Young Republican clubs in New York City could be coming to an end. The New York Young Republican Club and an independent faction of young Republicans in a club with the same name promise to come together, according to leaders of both sides.Jason Weingartner heads the club that is backed by the city and state party apparatus while Robert Hornak heads the group of independents.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-lifers in a Detroit suburb Tuesday increased the pressure on the region's Roman Catholic leader to repudiate the pro-abortion views of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jennifer Granholm. A letter, requesting a condemnation of Granholm's views, was delivered to the residence of Cardinal Adam Maida, nearly a month after the associate pastor of the church where Granholm worships defended the candidate's political views in a letter published in the church bulletin.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite the resounding defeat of U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney in Georgia's Democratic primary in August, some of McKinney's supporters are still battling to keep her in office. They have filed a federal lawsuit to try to get the Aug. 20 results, which showed McKinney losing to Denise Majette 58 to 42 percent, voided and McKinney declared the winner.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With a beefed-up Republican majority in the House and a new GOP majority in the Senate in the 108th Congress, House Policy Committee Chairman Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) announced Thursday he would re-introduce legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax.Under current law, the estate tax, also known as the "death tax," will completely phase out of existence in 2010, but could spring back to life a year later, in 2011. This year, the House passed a permanent death tax repeal, but similar legislation failed in the Senate.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), poised to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, must convince Americans that he can change the ways of Washington after being part of the capital's establishment for almost 30 years.The last time a sitting member of Congress was elected to the presidency was Democratic Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts in 1960. Since then, Americans have selected past and present vice presidents, as well as past and present governors, to serve in the White House.