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Cassidy says vote for Landrieu is vote for Obama

Wed, 2014-10-15 00:50

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Aligned with the party of an unpopular president, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu sought to keep her distance from the Obama administration, against claims from her chief Republican challenger Bill Cassidy that a vote to re-elect the Democratic incumbent was a vote for Barack Obama.


Landrieu in debate: 'Obama is not on the ballot'

Tue, 2014-10-14 19:26

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu framed Louisiana's Senate election Tuesday as a referendum on her three terms in office, not the policies of unpopular President Barack Obama, in the first TV debate featuring all three major contenders in the race.

While the Democratic incumbent defended ...

Illinois governor hopefuls face off in 2nd debate

Tue, 2014-10-14 18:36

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner defended their records on minority hiring, public safety and gun control on Tuesday during the second televised debate of the hotly contested Illinois governor's race, a Chicago event heavily focused on issues impacting African-American voters.

Quinn said as ...

CHARLES HURT: Fight the spread of Ebola by wiping out malaria with DDT

Tue, 2014-10-14 18:24


It is good to see President Obama and his political machine finally wake up, sound the alarm and spring into action against the ongoing global humanitarian crisis that is Ebola.

Only now that it has reached America's shores, threatens to wreak havoc on the world's economy and, most importantly ...

Debate Night: Ebola, schools and the middle class

Tue, 2014-10-14 18:23

Questions about Ebola, schools hit hard by budget cuts and an argument over who is a better friend to the middle class were among the talking points during nearly a dozen debates Tuesday ahead of next month's midterm elections. Highlights of some of those debates:



Top three Louisiana hopefuls spar over Obamacare, Medicare

Tue, 2014-10-14 18:20

The three candidates in Louisiana's race for U.S. Senate faced off in their first debate Tuesday night, trading shots over Obamacare and who would do the most to preserve Medicare.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu weathered frequent jabs from the two Republican candidates, Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired U.S. ...

Pro-life groups protest government funded abortions

Tue, 2014-10-14 18:16

With three weeks to go before the midterm elections, representatives of pro-life groups gathered outside a Planned Parenthood office to denounce the abortion-providing giant and urge people to vote "for life."

The House has passed bills banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation and blocking taxpayer funding for abortion but these ...

Udall takes Gardner's Medicare record to task in Colorado debate

Tue, 2014-10-14 18:13

Seated onstage across from his Republican challenger, Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado needed fewer than 40 words to sum up four years of squabbling over Medicare and federal spending.

"Congressman Gardner voted for $800 billion in cuts to Medicare that went to tax cuts," the Democratic incumbent told a debate ...

Female lawmakers are more effective, study says

Tue, 2014-10-14 18:05

Female lawmakers in Congress tend to be more effective at moving bills, while men are more often stumbling blocks, according to a new study.

On average, female members tended to get more done legislatively than men, and that's even more pronounced when they are in the party out of power ...

Ebola, Islamic State fears hurt Democrats' chances of keeping Senate majority

Tue, 2014-10-14 17:58

As fear sweeps the nation about the prospect of Islamic State terrorists winning in Iraq and the Ebola virus spreading in the United States, President Obama's job approval rating is taking a beating and some Democrats' hopes for keeping the Senate majority are losing ground.

Sen. Kay R. Hagan of ...

Senate control could be decided by third-party candidates

Tue, 2014-10-14 17:52

The list includes a humorist, an Army reservist and a pizza delivery driver. They run to the right of Republicans or to the left of Democrats, and sometimes as libertarians who run simultaneously in both directions.

Independent and third-party candidates are on ballots in nearly every key Senate race this ...

Powerful Ala. teacher lobbyist Paul Hubbert dies

Tue, 2014-10-14 17:39

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Paul Hubbert, a two-time candidate for governor who transformed an association of school teachers into one of Alabama's most potent political forces, died Tuesday. He was 78.

A spokeswoman for the Alabama Education Association, Amy Marlowe, said Hubbert died at a Montgomery hospital. He ...

Obama postpones key decisions until postelection

Tue, 2014-10-14 17:26

President Obama's postelection to-do list is getting longer.

The president has pushed back until after the election decisions on a host of high-profile issues related to Obamacare insurance premiums, immigration, the Keystone XL pipeline and his cabinet, prompting critics to accuse him of hiding his policies from the voters until ...

Quinn, Rauner spar over how to reduce violence

Tue, 2014-10-14 16:51

CHICAGO (AP) - Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) are debating how best to address crime in Illinois.

The candidates for governor are facing off Tuesday in their second televised debate.

Rauner says the best way to reduce violence it to provide better economic ...

De Blasio at White House talks terrorism, Ebola

Tue, 2014-10-14 16:44

WASHINGTON (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday expressed confidence in his city's readiness against terrorism and the emerging threat of Ebola, dismissing criticism that the most populated city in the U.S. could be hampered because he lacked a security clearance.

De Blasio was ...

Inside the Beltway: Michele Bachmann reinvents the tea party

Tue, 2014-10-14 16:43

The news media continues to either mock the tea party or declare that it is dead and gone. Members of the grass-roots movement know that as long as Americans believe in fiscal conservatism, personal liberty and founding values, the tea party remains a potent brew with a lot of potential. ...

Paul Hubbert, powerful Alabama teacher lobbyist, 2-time governor candidate, dies after a fall

Tue, 2014-10-14 16:41

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Paul Hubbert, powerful Alabama teacher lobbyist, 2-time governor candidate, dies after a fall.

Harvard junior who took mom to Mexico can return

Tue, 2014-10-14 16:25

LOS REYES LA PAZ, Mexico (AP) - A Harvard University student stuck in Mexico for months after breaking an immigration rule was told Tuesday that he will be allowed to return home to the United States.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service had declared that Dario Guerrero Meneses, ...

Panel votes on limit for free meals for lawmakers

Tue, 2014-10-14 15:38

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Starting in January, lawmakers can accept no more than 12 free meals from lobbyists each year under a rule approved unanimously Tuesday by a legislative ethics panel.

The Legislative Ethics Board voted to reaffirm an August vote to define what current law means when ...

Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers

Tue, 2014-10-14 15:35

Updates to add fourth editorial from Southern Illinoisan.



The Associated Press would like to request your help in assembling the weekly Illinois Editorial Roundup. Due to several factors, it has become more challenging to find fresh, original editorials on member websites. We would ...

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