Elections

  • Wendy Davis is losing. But she was always going to lose.

    In June 2013, Texas state senator Wendy Davis erupted onto the national scene with an 11-hour filibuster against a bill to restrict abortions in Texas, and became known as a Democratic Party "rising star." When she announced that she'd run for governor of Texas just three and a half months later,…

    Vox.com55 mins ago
  • Ukraine pins hopes on a new-look parliament

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament is something halfway between a wrestling pit and a shady backroom for hatching deals. Optimists believe Sunday's elections will change all that.

    Associated Press
  • Eyeing 2015 vote, UK's opposition Labour promises immigration curbs

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour would crack down on immigration if elected next year, its leader Ed Miliband said on Thursday, taking a tougher line on the issue in response to the rise of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP). A poll on Thursday showed UKIP, which wants tighter…

    Reuters
  • Botswana's ruling party favored in elections

    GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The ruling party in Botswana, which has dominated politics since independence in 1966, is again the front-runner ahead of elections Friday in the southern African nation.

    Associated Press
  • Why a GOP Wave Election Will Surprise the Media

    The 2014 midterms have long trended toward Republicans in both the Senate and the House, which isn’t unusual for second-term presidencies. Only Bill Clinton managed to get through his relatively unscathed, thanks to public backlash over the Republican attempt to remove him from office when he lied…

    The Fiscal Times
  • Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups.

    Associated Press
  • America is losing influence in Latin America -- and that's great news

    Is Bolivian President Evo Morales a despot, despite the fact that he just won a free and fair election? So argues The New York Times editorial board, calling him a cuadillo because he might try to change the Bolivian constitution to run again in 2020.

    The Week (RSS)
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    Senate candidates Durbin, Oberweis debate

    United States Senator Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis will debate here at ABC7 Wednesday night.

    WLS – Chicago
  • Sri Lanka set for populist budget ahead of snap polls

    Veteran Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to unveil a populist budget on Friday hoping to shore up sagging electoral support ahead of a troubled bid to win a third term. Rajapakse, who is also finance minister, has advanced the budget for 2015 by a month to give his government more…

    AFP
  • 'Outsourcing' changes Georgia race in closing days

    MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making a dispute over his role in outsourcing jobs the hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.

    Associated Press
  • These midterm elections will be the most expensive ever. Easily.

    Total spending on this year's Congressional elections will likely top $3.9 billion, according to a new projection from the invaluable Center for Responsive Politics. This would make 2014 the most expensive Congressional election cycle in history, easily topping the $3.6 billion spent in 2010 and…

    Vox.com
  • Make Your Election Day Game Plan!

    Election Day is just around the corner! On Tuesday, November 4, voters across the country will head to the polls to cast their votes in thousands of local, state and federal elections. What's your Election Day game plan? Now is the time to learn about your local voting rules, think about how and…

    Huffington Post
  • Poll: Iowa Senate race a dead heat

    The race for the open Senate seat in Iowa is going down to the wire, according to the new poll from Monmouth University — though the Democrats might also have an ace in the hole, thanks to early voting efforts.

    The Week (RSS)
  • Karl Rove Sends Out The Billionaire Bat-Signal -- And They Respond

    WASHINGTON -- Billionaires are rushing to the aid of Republicans in the homestretch of the 2014 elections with a massive super PAC infusion after a plea from big money mastermind Karl Rove.On Sept. 17, Rove, the co-founder of the super PAC and dark money duo American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS,…

    Huffington Post
  • [video] Opinion: Can Scott Walker Win Again in Wisconsin?

    Senior Editorial Page Writer Collin Levy on whether the Republican governor can win re-election. Photo: Getty Images

    MarketWatch
  • [video] Jerry Seib: Voter Enthusiasm Making Democrats Uneasy

    As the 2014 midterm election cycle reaches the last stretch, WSJ’s Jerry Seib explains why voter enthusiasm is making Democrats nervous. Photo: AP

    MarketWatch
  • Burkina Faso opposition rejects referendum plan, calls for protests

    OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Opposition parties in Burkina Faso accused President Blaise Compaore on Wednesday of preparing a "constitutional coup d'etat" and called for nationwide protests against moves to remove a two-term limit for the presidency. In power for over 27 years, Compaore has positioned…

    Reuters