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Friday Funny: Montgomery Burns fights for Mitt Romney

Written by WiG Friday, 02 November 2012 06:33

Springfield’s richest man, Montgomery Burns, endorses Mitt Romney for the election.

UPDATED: Political plays in the NFL ahead of election

Written by Joseph White,
AP writer
Thursday, 01 November 2012 18:09

UPDATED: Bart Starr endorses Romney

In a rare show of unity, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney took turns praising Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III a couple of weeks ago for a video that aired on the Fox network’s NFL pregame show. They uttered polished, rote lines such as Romney’s “RG3 hasn’t been in Washington very long, but he’s already created change” and Obama’s “You’re welcome at my house for a pickup game anytime.”

Nasty campaign tactics: Phony voting instructions in states

Written by Curt Anderson,
AP writer
Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:52

With less than a week to go until Election Day, the nasty campaign tactics are coming out.

People in Florida, Virginia and Indiana have gotten calls falsely telling them they can vote early by phone and don’t need to go to a polling place. In suburban Broward County, Fla., a handful of elderly voters who requested absentee ballots say they were visited by unknown people claiming to be authorized to collect the ballots.

FCC asked to investigate unsolicited anti-gay, anti-Obama text messages

Written by lisa neff Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:49

The nation’s largest gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, wants the Federal Communications Commission to investigate mass spam texts urging a vote against President Barack Obama because he supports legalizing same-sex marriage and other progressive issues.

HRC said supporters received unsolicited text messages that said, “Obama endorses the legality of same-sex marriage. Say No to Obama at the polls on Nov 6.”

Outed Ariz. sheriff's armed posse excluded from insurance pool

Written by AP Friday, 02 November 2012 05:46

An insurance pool that covers sheriff's volunteers in 11 of Arizona's 15 counties is changing its policies to exclude an armed volunteer posse that the state's second most famous sheriff plans to deploy to scan the desert for smugglers.

Following legal warnings from alarmed underwriters, the Arizona Counties Insurance Pool decided not to provide liability coverage for the posse that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announced earlier this month because it's too risky, said Bill Hardy, the pool's executive director.

US Senate control at stake in on Nov. 6

Written by RON DePASQUALE,
AP writer
Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:59

Republicans once seemed poised to take control of the U.S. Senate, but now face an uphill battle after nominating several controversial candidates, while some Democratic contenders have run stronger than expected campaigns.

The razor-thin race for the White House has overshadowed the fight for control of Congress. But the stakes are high in the Senate contests. 

Marriage equality group launches phone-from-home campaign

Written by WiG Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:29

Marriage Equality USA, starting Nov., 3, is partnering with state campaigns in Washington, Maryland, Minnesota and Maine on the “Phone from Home" program. The drive will continue through Election Day.

"The key to winning marriage equality is contacting our supporters to turn out at the polls on Election Day,” said MEUSA executive director Brian Silva in a news release. “The Phone from Home program enables our dedicated volunteers from coast-to-coast to make simple but powerful Get Out the Vote calls from their own homes to remind fair-minded voters how critical it is that they get out and vote."

GOP candidate: 'The rape thing' is no excuse for abortion

Written by WiG Thursday, 01 November 2012 03:33

A Republican congressional candidate says abortion should not be legal, even when it involves "the rape thing," according to audio provided Wednesday to The Associated Press.

An activist working on behalf of liberal group FUSE Washington asked questions of Republican hopeful John Koster during a fundraiser Sunday. Koster said he does not oppose abortion when the life of the mother is in danger but then explains he would oppose it when it involves rape or incest.

More than 412,000 request absentee ballots in Wisconsin

Written by WiG Friday, 02 November 2012 05:17

More than 412,000 Wisconsin voters have requested absentee ballots so far – including more than 256,000 in clerks’ offices – for the Nov. 6 General Election, according to the Government Accountability Board.

“Based on our limited numbers, absentee voting continues to be robust around the state,” said Kevin J. Kennedy, Wisconsin’s chief election official. “One week ago, 225,209 absentee ballots had been requested.”

NY Mayor Bloomberg endorses Obama

Written by WiG Thursday, 01 November 2012 13:26

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election.

The mayor announced his endorsement in an op-ed at bloomberg.com and cited, at the top, that his support was motivated out of concern for climate change. He began, "The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast – in lost lives, lost homes and lost business – brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.

Anti-gay Arizona Attorney General Horne Tom Horn was involved in a hit-and-run accident that he failed to report in March because his passenger was a woman with whom he was having an extra-marital affair, according to FBI agents.

The agents witnessed the accident, a fender bender, while they were tailing Horn as part of a campaign finance investigation, reported the Arizona Daily Star.

GOP TV attack ad links gay Rep to child molester, murderer

Written by AP Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:26

House Republicans are airing a TV ad in Rhode Island linking openly gay freshman Democratic Rep. David Cicilline to a child molester and a murderer he defended when he was a lawyer two decades ago.

“What do a child molester, a murderer and a violent attacker all have in common? Defense attorney David Cicilline,” the narrator says in the spot sponsored by the National Republican Congressional Committee.