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July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
1st add: Includes quotes from other Palm Beach County-area Democratic activists(CNSNews.com) - Andre Fladell, the Palm Beach County, Fla., resident who is a plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking a new presidential vote in his county because of an allegedly confusing ballot, is a long-time Democratic operative in the area who advised Democratic Senator-elect Bill Nelson of Florida.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
U.S. Supreme Court (CNSNews.com) - America's already historic presidential election impasse entered the U.S. Supreme Court Friday with lawyers representing Republican President-elect George W. Bush and a collection of Florida canvassing boards arguing whether the Florida Supreme Court had the authority to decide a key element in the post-election squabble.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Groups on both sides of the environmental debate are hedging their support for President-elect George W. Bush's apparent choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman. Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, said Whitman has a "mixed record" on environmental issues, but added that he believes the group "could work with her . . . We applaud the leadership she demonstrated to protect New Jersey's open space and to strengthen our nation's clean-air standards."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As hearings began Thursday on President-elect Bush's nomination of Gale Norton to be Interior Secretary, anti-Norton forces stepped up their attempts to derail the nomination.On Thursday, three members of an environmental group were arrested after staging a protest on the third floor of the Interior Department building in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Andre Fladell, the Palm Beach County, Fla., resident who is a plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking a new presidential vote in his county because of an allegedly confusing ballot, is a long-time Democratic operative in the area who was fined and placed on probation for Medicare fraud in 1988.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
First Write-Through(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court Monday unanimously set aside a Florida Supreme Court ruling on the state's controversial election results - awarding an apparent major victory to Republican George W. Bush, whose lawyers had argued that the Florida high court exceeded its authority when it extended the deadline for the state's presidential results to be certified.The court overturned the ruling, sending it back to the Florida Supreme Court for further review and clarification.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Dennis Hastert is in the process of allocating a group of bitterly-contested committee chairmanships, a process that sources on Capitol Hill say might conclude this week."At this point, it's all in the Speaker's hands," said Peggy Peterson, whose boss, Rep. Michael Oxley (R-Ohio), is vying for the chairmanship of the House Commerce Committee. "Everyone asks if we're confident, but our level of confidence doesn't really matter. It's his decision."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of third parties has banded together to try to ease the states' presidential ballot access laws in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore that extends equal protection to all voters seeking to support their presidential candidate.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amidst heated protests from supporters of both sides, a federal judge in Miami has denied a motion filed by the Bush campaign to stop the hand recount of votes in four heavily Democratic counties. U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks (a Clinton appointee) indicated that he saw no reason to stop a handcount process that he said was proceeding efficiently. He will issue a full opinion on the matter some time this afternoon.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
1st Write-Through(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court Monday unanimously set aside a Florida Supreme Court ruling on the state's controversial election results - awarding an apparent victory to Republican George W. Bush, whose lawyers had argued that the Florida high court exceeded its authority when it extended the deadline for the state's presidential results to be certified.The court vacated the ruling, sending it back to the Florida Supreme Court for further review and clarification.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One top conservative says the movement is faring "very well" when it comes to like-minded individuals landing jobs in the cabinet of President-elect George W. Bush. Another conservative says Bush must be given the benefit of the doubt as he chooses members of his administration.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Hand recounts in several Florida counties continue at this hour, as a state judge indicated he will rule Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in a lawsuit that may extend the ballot certification deadline past close of business.In Volusia County, government spokesman Dave Byron told reporters that they will meet Tuesday's 5:00 p.m. certification deadline unless federal courts granted an extension. Byron added that 48 of 172 precincts, as well as approximately 29,000 absentee ballots, remained to be counted.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - There will be no extension of manual recounts in Florida's contested presidential election, ruled Leon County Circuit Court Judge N. Sanders Sauls on Monday in a case that is heading directly to the Florida Supreme Court."The plaintiffs have failed to carry the requisite burden of proof," said Sauls in handing down his decision.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) considers the candidates for key committee assignments in the next Congress, the possibility has emerged that the bitter contests in the House Banking and Commerce committees will be resolved by a round of jurisdiction shuffling.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush campaign has not made a decision on whether to appeal a federal judge's decision to allow manual recounts of Florida's ballots to continue, according to spokesperson Karen Hughes, who also called Vice President Al Gore's comments today "troubling" and designed to "overturn the results of this election."Hughes made her comments to reporters in Austin, and called for Florida election officials to certify machine-counted returns and Florida's overseas ballots, due to be received this Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
CORRECTION: Fixes attribution of events in Miami-Dade and Broward counties; corrects source name spelling.(CNSNews.com) - Republicans who served as observers during manual recounts in Florida have likened the event to a "slow motion coup."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Presidents who take office after losing the popular vote have a difficult time establishing traction for their priorities, say a group of political historians, and George W. Bush will face the same tough challenge.In fact, none of the presidents who has taken office after losing the popular vote went on to a second term - one made the choice himself, two were defeated for re-election.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a brief interim ruling, the Florida Supreme Court allowed the electoral board of Palm Beach County, Fla., to go forward with a manual recount. However, the Court has not ruled on all of the issues at hand, including whether Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris is required to count the manual recounts toward final certification of the vote."There is no legal impediment to the recounts continuing," the Court said in an interim ruling in Palm Beach County v. Harris. "[The canvassing board is] authorized to proceed with the manual recount."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Though Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday that he has spent most of his political life "debunking the importance of public opinion polls," it is clear that public opinion is turning against him.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Environmentalists are already raising red flags about President-elect George W. Bush's choice of Gale Norton to head the Interior Department. "[We] will hope for the best but prepare for the worst," said Rodger Schlickeisen, president of the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife. "Gale Norton's record indicates that she has not been a moderate on environmental and conservation issues, but rather a right-wing extremist."