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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - California's top financial officers warned Monday that the campaign to recall Democratic Gov. Gray Davis is threatening the state's economic health and they blamed state Republicans for refusing to accept the governor's tax and spending plan.State Treasurer Phil Angelides accused Republican lawmakers of holding up passage of a budget that was supposed to be finalized before the fiscal year started July 1.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After days of negotiating, Senate Republicans were unable to sway two Democrats to support a plan that would provide the District of Columbia with $13 million in funding for private school vouchers. Without the support of Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Thomas Carper (D-Del.), the bill faces the prospect of a Democrat-led filibuster. The bill has enough support to pass the Senate, but Republicans don't have the 60 votes needed to cut off debate.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Lawyers for two California men who were sentenced under the state's "Three Strikes and You're Out" statute told the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday the law imposes cruel punishments not appropriate for some crimes.The challenges by Gary Albert Ewing and Leandro Andrade represent the first time the nation's highest court has considered whether three-strikes laws violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishments."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The signatures are still trickling in, but when they're all counted, proponents of the campaign to recall California Gov. Gray Davis expect to far exceed their initial expectations with as many as 1.5 million signatures.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite surging ahead of other recall candidates in a Gallup poll released over the weekend, political analysts said Monday that Republican actor Arnold Schwarzenegger shouldn't get too excited as the campaign heads into its final week.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With control of the House of Representatives and Senate in their hands, Republicans are preparing to push President Bush's agenda through Congress, even though several political analysts cautioned that a powerful Democrat minority could put a damper on those plans.Republicans picked up seats in the House and now command 51 seats in the Senate with races in Louisiana and South Dakota undecided. Both houses remain closely divided, but Republicans now hold an advantage on many bills that sat dormant in the Democrat-led Senate.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-life congressmen in the House of Representatives this week will attempt to strip the U.N. Population Fund of nearly $70 million in funding for condoning forced abortion and sterilization in China.As early as Tuesday, the House could take up debate on a State Department authorization bill, which contains a provision passed by the International Relations Committee in May restoring two years worth of funding that was cut by the Bush administration.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger won the backing of his party this week, but he has been unable to shake criticism from conservatives for his stance on abortion and homosexual marriage.With less than a week before California's recall election, the American Life League and Save California intensified their efforts to expose Schwarzenegger's views on issues important to conservative voters.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The campaign to repeal the personal income tax in Massachusetts came up short Tuesday, but its better-than-expected showing at the polls has given supporters encouragement for the future.With all the votes tallied, more than 880,000 Bay Staters backed the measure, which was the centerpiece of the Libertarian Party's agenda. The proposal came out on top in 30 cities and towns, but was handily rejected in some of the state's liberal areas.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One week from now, backers of the recall campaign against California Gov. Gray Davis are hoping to celebrate their success and move on to getting a candidate elected to replace the embattled Democrat.The momentum continued to move in the direction of recall advocates this week. A state judge refused to stop the counting of signatures Wednesday, and two new statewide polls revealed the lack of support for Davis over his handling of the state's fiscal crisis.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger has created a rift among conservatives in California. While some are willing to accept the actor's liberal social views for a Republican victory, others fear he might damage the party's pro-family agenda.As voters prepare to cast their ballots Tuesday in the Golden State's recall election, conservatives remain divided between Schwarzenegger, who has moderate to liberal social views, and state Sen. Tom McClintock, a staunch conservative Republican.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When Republicans take control of the Congress in January, opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling will become a higher priority, but the likelihood of a bill passing remains cloudy, several policy analysts said.Even though Democrats and environmental groups will find themselves fighting an uphill battle over energy legislation and drilling in the refuge, better known as ANWR, Republicans do not have the 60 votes needed to stop a threatened filibuster, said Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow for the National Center for Policy Analysis.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One week from now, backers of the recall campaign against California Gov. Gray Davis are hoping to celebrate their success and move on to getting a candidate elected to replace the embattled Democrat.The momentum continued to move in the direction of recall advocates this week. A state judge refused to stop the counting of signatures Wednesday, and two new statewide polls revealed the lack of support for Davis over his handling of the state's fiscal crisis.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Eight months ago, the movement to recall California Gov. Gray Davis seemed like a daunting task that even some Republicans dismissed as a long shot. But on Tuesday, voters headed to the polls with Davis' future hanging in the balance.When the recall effort was launched Feb. 4, it received little attention. Collecting nearly 900,000 signatures to trigger an election wouldn't be easy for the anti-Davis groups, pundits said, especially since no one had ever accomplished such a feat against a California governor.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The United Nations Population Fund claims inadequate reproductive health is the biggest obstacle facing the world's poor, according to a report released Tuesday, and a New York congresswoman says the Bush administration is partly to blame.U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) took aim at President Bush, accusing him of playing "abortion politics" at the expense of developing nations. She said the administration's decision in July to withhold the U.S. contribution of $34 million from the fund, known as UNFPA, has had a detrimental effect.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Homosexual lawmakers in California are growing increasingly worried that their top legislative priorities this year will be a casualty of the recall campaign against Gov. Gray Davis.The state Assembly has already passed three bills backed by homosexuals that would expand the rights and responsibilities of domestic partners, require the state to treat homosexuals equally for contracting work and prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The president of the College Democrats of America is facing criticism from Indian-Americans for "despicable" comments he made about a Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate of Indian descent.In an e-mail Tuesday, College Democrats President Ashley Bell, a law student at Louisiana State University, informed students of the upcoming governor's election between Democrat Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco and former Bush administration official Bobby Jindal, who was born a Hindu.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A host of international organizations supporting abortion have launched a campaign against the United States and the Bush administration on the eve of a population conference focusing on Asia and the Pacific.Diplomats from across the globe have gathered in Bangkok, Thailand, for the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference, which starts Wednesday. It is the first of a series of regional meetings being held in advance of the 10-year anniversary of the International Conference of Population and Development.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The plan to bring vouchers to the District of Columbia got a much-needed boost Tuesday when liberal Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a longtime critic of the idea, publicly expressed her support."This issue is not about ideology or political correctness," the California Democrat wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "It is about providing a new opportunity for good education, which is the key to success."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In his campaign to become governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal prefers to remain focused on the issues, not the possibility that he could become the first Indian-American governor in the United States. At the same time, however, those who share Jindal's ethnicity are keeping a close eye on the 32-year-old, who has already served as a senior adviser to President Bush, presided over the University of Louisiana system and directed the state's Department of Health and Hospitals.