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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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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.