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Appeals court hears arguments over Arizona abortion ban

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 06:19

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Nov. 5 heard arguments in a challenge to Arizona’s law criminalizing most abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The ACLU calls the measure the most extreme ban in the country, with the narrowest exception for medical emergencies.

545,000 request absentee ballots in Wisconsin

Written by WiG Tuesday, 06 November 2012 05:37

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board reports that before the sun even came up on Election Day - today – more than 545,000 voters had requested absentee ballots. That number includes more than 392,000 people who voted in clerks’ offices.

"It is clear absentee voting plays an important role in the election, with more than half a million people making requests during a shorter time period," said Kevin J. Kennedy, Wisconsin’s chief election official. "Absentee voting in clerks’ offices finished up Friday, giving clerks more time to be better prepared for Election Day on Tuesday."

Obama’s iPod a bit like his electorate - varied

Written by AP Monday, 05 November 2012 13:43

President Barack Obama’s iPod could pass for a voter outreach tool.

Interviewed recently on Cincinnati radio station WIZF, Obama ran through his musical tastes, an eclectic and all-encompassing list of artists and tracks that reflect the varied coalition of voters he is seeking to attract.

Billy Graham runs anti-gay ad in Washington

Written by AP Monday, 05 November 2012 05:13

Evangelist Billy Graham took out an ad in a small weekly newspaper asking voters to "vote for Biblical values" in Tuesday's election.

In the ad in the Thursday edition of the Edmonds Beacon newspaper, Graham urges voters to support candidates who "protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman."

Worries over Kansas school board candidate's ties to anti-gay church

Written by AP Tuesday, 06 November 2012 06:04

Educators and political leaders say they're worried that a candidate with ties to an anti-gay Topeka church notorious for picketing military funerals could capture a Kansas State Board of Education seat in the general election.

Jack Wu, a Topeka computer programmer, made opposition to teaching evolution the cornerstone of his campaign as the Republican nominee in the 4th District in northeast Kansas against Democratic incumbent Carolyn Campbell, also from Topeka. Wu described evolution as "Satanic lies" and said on a website that public schools were preparing students to be "liars, crooks, thieves, murderers, and perverts."

Milwaukee Dems announce election night plans

Written by WiG Tuesday, 06 November 2012 01:40

Where are Democrats gathering on election night in Milwaukee? U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are celebrating the election at the Hyatt Regency, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., downtown Milwaukee. They'll be joined with representatives and volunteers from the Obama-Biden campaign and the Baldwin for Senate campaign.

To Watch: British ad celebrates gay parents

Written by WiG Monday, 05 November 2012 07:23

A new campaign from the United Kingdom celebrates gay parents, promotes adoption and points out that much of Europe doesn't fully recognize the rights of children of same-sex couples.

The ad – Invisible Parents – was created by the same people behind an ad earlier this year advocating marriage equality in the United Kingdom – a still undecided issue.

2 Jamaican guards accused of beating gay student

Written by AP Monday, 05 November 2012 05:08

Two security guards at a university in Jamaica have been released from duty as police investigate accusations that they assaulted a student believed to be gay.

A video posted on YouTube shows the student being slapped, punched and kicked by one guard as he tries to shield himself from the blows while another guard holds him. A female guard is shown standing by, holding a large piece of wood. The assault occurred late Nov. 1 at the University of Technology in the capital of Kingston.

Top Spanish court to rule on gay marriage

Written by AP Tuesday, 06 November 2012 05:58

Spain’s Constitutional Court is expected to rule on an appeal against the country’s gay marriage law, seven years after the legislation was approved.

The conservative Popular Party filed the appeal in 2005 on the grounds that ‘‘marriage’’ in the Spanish constitution meant the union of a man and a woman in matrimony.

Watch: Obama speaks at rally in Madison

Written by WiG Monday, 05 November 2012 14:33

Campaigning in Wisconsin today, President Barack Obama spoke to an estimated 18,000 people rallying in Madison.

He talked about fighting to protect and grow the middle class.

GOP star Marco Rubio featured in anti-gay robocalls

Written by WiG Monday, 05 November 2012 06:51

Rising Republican star Marco Rubio is the featured voice on a robocall urging voters to cast ballots against marriage equality – and candidates who support equality – on Election Day.

The calls are being paid for by the National Organization for Marriage, with the Catholic Church is the biggest backer of the anti-gay campaigns in Washington, Maryland, Maine and Minnesota.

Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo, a native of Kenosha, has recorded robocalls on behalf of Rob Zerban, Paul Ryan’s congressional opponent. Zerban, a local businessman and Democrat, is the most serious challenger Ryan has ever faced for re-election in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District.

“Hi, this is Mark Ruffalo. You may know me as The Hulk in the Avengers, but what you might not know is that Kenosha is my hometown. I'm calling to ask you to vote for Rob Zerban for Congress on Tuesday,” Ruffalo’s recorded calls begin. They continue: