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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.

Cher and Kathy Griffin have teamed up with to make a video titled "Don't let Mitt turn back time on women." The video emphasizes outlandish GOP attitudes toward women and  the views of leading candidates about rape. It also addresses LGBT voters.

Cher gives a shout-out to voters in Madison and cities in other swing states, urging them to think about women's health, safety and fairness when they go to the polls.

IRS asked to investigate Catholic bishops

Written by WiG Saturday, 03 November 2012 05:55

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington wants the federal Internal Revenue Service to investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for allegedly engaging in prohibited political activity in violation of its protected tax status.

The complaint filed recently notes press reports indicating a number of bishops are using their positions to advocate against the re-election of President Barack Obama and sermons this weekend likely will involve other political activity.

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.

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:

Campaigns readying in case Litigation Day follows Election Day

Written by AP Saturday, 03 November 2012 09:30

Legions of lawyers are ready to enter the fray in case Election Day turns on a legal challenge. One nightmare scenario would be for the results in a battleground state like Florida or Ohio to be too close to call, with thousands of absentee or provisional ballots yet to be counted.

The key, experts say, is whether the difference in votes between the two candidates is within what's known as the "margin of litigation" – that is, the number of outstanding votes must be much greater than the margin separating Obama and Romney when the smoke clears. And, it must be in a state that's decisive.

"Rising star" on Delaware's religious right arrested for raping boy

Written by WiG Friday, 02 November 2012 18:04

A “rising star” in conservative Republican politics in Delaware has been charged with 113 counts of sexually abusing a boy more than two decades ago, according to Cape Gazette and other local publications.

Eric Bodenweiser, 53, has pleaded not guilty to charges of raping a boy 39 times during a three-year period. The state senate candidate faces 74 charges of second-degree unlawful sexual contact and 39 charges of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse.

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.

An ex-convict-turned-pastor gulped beers before beating and strangling his fiancee’s daughter to fulfill a sexual fantasy and then seemed more concerned about the reaction of his tiny congregation than the victim of the “crazy, tragic” murder, authorities said Friday.

The death stunned members of Christ Community Fellowship, a 14-person church in rural Michigan, where John D. White has been delivering Sunday sermons for three years. They knew about his criminal past but felt he had turned the corner.

Romney robocall warns of Obama's war on Christianity

Written by WiG Saturday, 03 November 2012 07:18

In a last-ditch effort to get right-wing Christian extremists to the polls, Mitt Romney’s campaign is robocalling voters to warn them that President Barack Obama is waging a war on Christianity.

A voter in Fairfax, Va. received the call last night, according to the Huffington Post.

Hobby Lobby case against Obamacare bound for court

Written by AP Friday, 02 November 2012 06:39

Attorneys for Hobby Lobby Stores and the federal government are headed to court over the arts-and-crafts chain's request to block provisions of the new health care law – lovingly and derisively known as Obamacare – that requires employers to cover insurance costs for the morning-after pill.

The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 6 in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City.

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.”