2012 Elections

Politics
10:29 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Number of eligible young Latino voters increasing, but will they be counted?

Diego Trejo, 21, is working on Rob McKenna’s Tri-Cities-area campaign for Washington governor. Trejo is unusual both in that he’s a young Latino Republican, and that he is involved in politics. Photo by Anna King

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 1:26 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. - Latinos are a younger demographic. And younger people -- no matter what their ethnicity -- are much less likely to vote than older people. But one issue that’s energized many young Latinos is the DREAM Act. It would create a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants.

At a "Rock the Vote" event in downtown Richland, Washington, an energetic band in tight-fitting jeans plays short sets between political stump speeches.

Twenty-one-year-old Josh Alano really came here to see his friends’ band, but politely listened to the speeches.

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Politics
10:26 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Why can't this man win the Northwest's most Hispanic district?

Pablo Gonzalez, 21, grew up near this orchard outside of Zillah, Wash. He’s now running for the state House in this newly majority-Latino district. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 1:35 pm

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - According to a database of the Northwest's elected officials, just a handful of Latinos hold state office in the region. But this year, Latino voters have an edge for the first time in one of the Northwest’s major Hispanic hubs.

Redistricting gave them a majority. You might think the Latino candidate there would now be a shoo-in. Not so. Jessica Robinson has our latest story on why the region's largest minority group has so little clout in the political arena.

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2012 elections
7:44 am
Thu September 27, 2012

2012 Gender Gap Could Be Historic, But Maybe Not For The Reason You'd Think

Supporters of Planned Parenthood wave banners during a rally for President Obama in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, ahead of the opening of the Democratic National Convention.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 10:26 am

A slew of new presidential polls released this week not only confirm a long-established gender gap among voters, but also suggest that the male-female preference divide in this year's presidential contest could hit historic levels.

It may surprise that that divide appears not driven by social issues and arguments over reproductive care or choices, analysts say, but largely by the national conversation over the size of government.

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2012 elections
9:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

New Obama and Romney ads are linked by guilt

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 7:03 am

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Voting patterns
5:22 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Racial bias a factor in Washington Supreme Court election, research finds

Gov. Chris Gregoire poses for a photo with Steven Gonzalez in 2011 when Gregoire appointed him to the Washington State Supreme Court.
The Associated Press

Racial bias did play a role in the primary election battle between Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez and his challenger Bruce Danielson.

That’s the conclusion of research conducted by Matt Barreto, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.

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Election 2012
2:55 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Election 2012: Early voting, by state

NPR

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 12:48 pm

Early voting is now an option in most of the country, and roughly a third of all Americans casting a ballot in the 2012 presidential race are expected to do so before Nov. 6, Election Day. For an early voting calendar and state deadlines for voter registration, visit http://apps.npr.org/early-voting-2012/

It's All Politics
2:52 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

One Way To Avoid Political Ads: Watch 'Dancing With The Stars'?

Pamela Anderson performs with Tristan MacManus on Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars. Anderson was the first contestant eliminated on the show this season.
Adam Taylor ABC

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 2:41 pm

It's no secret that TV watchers in swing states are getting flooded, bombarded, practically drowned in political ads.

According to data from Kantar Media, as of a week ago, nearly 700,000 political ads had aired throughout the country during the general election campaign. The estimated spending on those ads: $395 million.

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2012 elections
10:10 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Wash. high court hears arguments on supermajority requirement

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court after oral arguments in a lawsuit to overturn his supermajority requirement for tax hikes. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 5:37 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court could decide by the end of this year whether a voter-approved two-thirds requirement for tax hikes is constitutional. But first, the justices must determine who has the right to challenge the law. That technical question was the focus of oral arguments Tuesday .

It’s not as if the Washington Supreme Court hasn’t heard this case before –- or at least ones similar. Four years ago, it was Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown leading the charge to strike down the supermajority rule.

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Opinion
9:13 am
Wed September 26, 2012

New Republic: Obama's Ohio Turnaround

President Obama shakes hands after a grassroots rally in Columbus, Ohio.
Matt Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 8:22 am

Alec MacGillis is senior editor at The New Republic.

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2012 elections
4:11 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama Talks Of Slavery, Romney Of Freedom At Clinton Global Initiative

President Obama talked of the world's need to crack down on human trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on Tuesday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 3:35 pm

One presidential candidate talked about slavery, the other of freedom.

And the speeches President Obama and Mitt Romney gave at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Tuesday were as different as the men themselves.

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Opinion
8:15 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Weekly Standard: The Obamacare Bowl

Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally September 21, 2012 in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 7:47 am

Jeffrey H. Anderson is a writer for The Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

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Opinion
8:15 am
Tue September 25, 2012

New Republic: Romney's health plan is the ER

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at the Cox Pavilion on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
David Becker Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 7:47 am

Jonathan Cohn is senior editor at The New Republic.

50 million Americans have no health insurance. Does government have an obligation to help them? The answer is no, Mitt Romney suggested during a "60 Minutes" interview that aired on Sunday, in part because people can already get care through emergency rooms:

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama: Those like slain U.S. ambassador must determine world's future

President Obama at the U.N. General Assembly this morning.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 9:31 am

  • The 2012 president's address to the U.N.

Using the example set by the life of slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, President Obama this morning told delegates to the United Nations that the diplomat's killers will not determine the world's future. Instead, Obama said, it will be people such as Stevens who build "bridges across oceans and cultures" and set the world's agenda.

We updated as the president spoke. Scroll down to read through the highlights.

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It's All Politics
7:31 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Romney thwacks Obama for calling Libya and other hot spots 'bumps'

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shakes hands at an aircraft museum in Pueblo, Colo., Monday.
Bryan Oller AP

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 4:00 pm

It's taken as a given that American voters in 2012 aren't as concerned about foreign policy as they are the domestic economy.

It's also accepted as true that on matters of foreign policy, President Obama has an advantage over his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lacks significant firsthand foreign policy experience.

But Romney has made it a point lately to show that he's not ceding foreign policy and national security to Obama.

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It's All Politics
7:12 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Romney's Medicaid Remarks On '60 Minutes' Raise Eyebrows

Mitt Romney talks with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley.
AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:21 pm

It's not so much what Mitt Romney said about whether the government should guarantee people health care in his interview on CBS's 60 Minutes Sunday that has health care policy types buzzing. It's how that compares to what he has said before.

To back up a bit, Scott Pelley asked the former Massachusetts governor if he thinks "the government has a responsibility to provide health care to the 50 million Americans who don't have it today?"

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