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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Some Catholic bishops in Poland say that Halloween is harmful because it promotes "diabolical" behavior and are asking believers not to observe it.
Archbishop Andrzej Dziega in Szczecin, in the northwest, said in letter to his parishioners that under the vestige of fun, Halloween can be "destroying the spiritual life." The "tricks" hide "diabolical attitudes" by encouraging readiness to harm the others. He asked believers not to observe Halloween.
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 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."
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.
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.