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UPDATE: Clinton, Obama headed for Wisconsin Nov. 1

Written by WiG Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:53

UPDATED: Obama for America announced today that former President Bill Clinton will hold a grassroots event in Waukesha Nov. 1 to rally supporters for the president's re-election.

Details on the campaign event in Wisconsin are forthcoming.

Brad Pitt donates $100,000 for marriage equality effort

Written by WiG Wednesday, 31 October 2012 04:15

Brad Pitt has donated up to $100,000 to support the Human Rights Campaign's marriage equality efforts on Nov. 6.

The actor agreed to match contributions from HRC members and supporters up to $100,000 for campaign resources in the four states facing gay marriage questions on the Nov. 6 ballot – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state.

UPDATED: Gay volunteer for GOP campaign recants beating story

Written by WiG Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:23

UPDATED: A gay volunteer for Republican Chad Lee's congressional campaign told the Madison Police Department this week that he recanted the claim he was beaten by an unknown assailant at his home on Oct. 24.

The MPD, in an updated incident report on Oct. 29, said, Kyle Wood of Madison met with the MPD that day. The report said, "In an interview this afternoon with Madison Police detectives, the victim in this case recanted his earlier statements in regards to this crime. This crime, alleged to have occurred on High Street in the South Police District, will be cleared as 'Unfounded' for case reporting purposes. Once follow up investigation is completed, MPD's case file will be reviewed with Dane County District Attorney's Office."

Lesbian Democrat challenging U.S. rep. must defy history

Written by AP Tuesday, 30 October 2012 08:52

In seven elections, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson secured 1.1 million Idaho residents’ votes to send him to Congress. His Democratic rivals? Fewer than 500,000.

Only once did Simpson win less than 62 percent, his inaugural 1998 run when he beat former Democratic Congressman Richard Stallings. On average, Simpson wins by 36 percentage points with Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District voters.

Death penalty, marijuana, assisted suicide on Nov. 6 ballots

Written by AP Wednesday, 31 October 2012 11:11

Voters in some U.S. states will get a chance on Election Day to decide intriguing topics that President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney have ignored, including death penalty repeal, marijuana legalization and assisted suicide.

In all, there are 176 measures on the Nov. 6 ballots in 38 states, according to the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California.

Halloween week ad: Todd Akin's scary

Written by AP reports Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:51

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has launched a Halloween-week ad casting Republican challenger Todd Akin as "scary" because of his remarks about "legitimate rape."

Akin, meanwhile, is gaining some outside help in his quest to oust Missouri's senior senator.

SF celebrating Giants' victory with campaign against homophobia

Written by WiG Tuesday, 30 October 2012 09:24

As they celebrate the Giants’ World Series win, San Francisco supervisors on Oct. 30 were set to offer a resolution endorsing a national campaign against homophobia in sports.

At a press conference at city hall, city and county officials were expected to endorse The Last Closet, a campaign focused on encouraging athletes to come out in pro sports – and encouraging the leagues to support them.

Seniors may be key on gay marriage votes

Written by AP Tuesday, 30 October 2012 08:46

The word “homosexual” was rarely uttered in public when Louise Pardee was growing up, but now the 81-year-old is dialing up fellow Minnesota senior citizens trying to convince them gay relationships are nothing to fear.

“Often I find myself saying, ‘I know this isn’t an easy thing to talk about,’” Pardee said, between calls at a phone bank in suburban St. Paul set up to fight a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Anderson Cooper's talk show ending

Written by AP Wednesday, 31 October 2012 09:43

Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show will be wrapping after two seasons.

Warner Bros. said this week that the marketplace made it increasingly difficult for "Anderson Live" to "break through" to viewers despite format changes.

US Supreme Court rejects Okla. personhood appeal

Written by AP reports Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:45

The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to take up an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that said a proposal to grant “personhood” to human embryos would be an improper ban on abortion.

The proposed constitutional amendment, which was never considered by voters, would have given human embryos the rights and privileges of citizens in Oklahoma and was called “clearly unconstitutional” by the state Supreme Court in an April ruling.

Alabama voting on whether to remove segregation from constitution

Written by AP reports Tuesday, 30 October 2012 08:59

Segregation is still mandated by the Alabama Constitution, and voters on Nov. 6 will get only their second chance in years to eliminate an anachronism that still exists on paper.

Election Day in this Deep South state could be the day Alabama amends history.

Preacher blames gays for Hurricane Sandy

Written by WiG Tuesday, 30 October 2012 07:06

 A Christian religious leader lost no time in proclaiming Hurricane Sandy to be proof that “God is systematically destroying America” as judgment for the “homosexual agenda.”

John McTernan drew the same conclusion about Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Isaac (2012), both of which hit during New Orleans’ gay Southern Decadence event, he pointed out.