Gay marriage and the GOP hopefuls: Not ready to say 'I do'

Written by The AP Monday, 27 April 2015 04:25

For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs — notably the presidential hopefuls — face a far more complicated landscape.

Senate passes bill to help victims of human trafficking

Written by The AP Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:31

The Senate unanimously passed legislation on April 22 to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee.

The vote was 99-0 to approve the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which expands law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers and creates a new fund to help victims. The House has passed similar legislation and the White House has voiced support.

Indiana’s religious freedom law inspires pro-pot advocate to create a temple to weed

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 18:14

Bill Levin, founder of Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis. —PHOTO: Courtesy

The same day that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, Bill Levin filed paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State to open a new church — The First Church of Cannabis. His application was approved, and thanks to the state’s new religious freedom law and a flurry of publicity that brought in thousands of dollars in donations, practitioners of his faith soon should be lighting up with the same impunity as a nun saying her rosary.

Religious freedom fights are not going away

Written by Rachel Zoll,
AP Religion writer
Sunday, 05 April 2015 18:15

Conservative faith leaders who have made religious liberty a rallying cry as gay marriage spread throughout the U.S. have been stunned by Indiana’s abrupt retreat from a law some advocates said would protect objectors from recognizing same-sex unions.

The number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States tripled during the past year, according to a Gallop Poll released today.

New Hampshire polling shows Clinton's commanding lead

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:00

New data from Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Rodham Clinton with commanding leads over the entire Republican field in New Hampshire, an early voting state in the presidential primary process.

Clinton, according to PPP, is up by 9-15 points against nine GOP contenders. 

Indiana faces long road to restore its image — and its tourism

Associated Press writer
Monday, 06 April 2015 18:50

Downtown Indianapolis.

Indiana tourism agencies are rolling out campaigns emphasizing that everyone is welcome, but it might not be enough to quickly restore the state’s battered image after a backlash over its religious objections law.

Nevada Republicans drop 'religious freedom' bills

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 05 April 2015 06:13

Nevada Republicans are dropping two proposed bills that would have added religious freedom protections to state law that critics have hounded as legalizing discrimination against LGBT people.

Clinton’s announcement energizes left, right

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 24 April 2015 04:11

An unsurprising announcement on April 10 from Hillary Rodham Clinton delighted many, regardless of party.

Republicans said good, the chief adversary has arrived.

National gaze
April 9, 2015

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 10 April 2015 04:18

Forced sterilization proposed in Tennessee plea deals

Prosecutors in Nashville, Tennessee, made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years. The district attorney banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case.

Indiana success emboldens gay right advocates

Written by Tom Davies
and Andrew DeMillo DeMILLO,
Associated Press writers
Monday, 06 April 2015 05:58

Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their big legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in states around the U.S.

2016 Ticker: Are the early primary states losing clout?

Written by Steve Peoples,
AP writer
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 05:04

Few states have shaped presidential politics like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

By hosting the nation's first presidential primaries and caucuses, the states have heaped political and financial rewards for decades on successful candidates and hastened the end for underachievers. Yet their clout may be declining in 2016.