U.S. News

Who is counting your vote? Diebold & Bush vs. the public interest

Who is counting your vote? Now is the time, before November 2004, to ask that and a few other questions.

Texan switches parties

Congressman Ralph Hall of Rockwall, Texas, handed the congressional rightwing an easy victory on New Year’s Day when he revealed that he was switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party. The Texas congressional delegation is thus split evenly, 16-16.

Health care is pivotal in 2004

The 2004 elections are a dramatic backdrop to the fight back against the Bush Medicare wrecking ball.

Black, Latino leaders hit voter remap bias

AUSTIN, Texas – A three-judge panel Jan. 6 upheld a districting plan conceived by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) to add eight or more Republicans to the Texas congressional delegation.

Arizona: Grassroots can beat big bucks

TUCSON, Ariz. – It is going to take a massive grassroots effort to vanquish the millions and millions of dollars flooding the coffers of the Bush campaign from corporate America, the defense industry, the prison industry, and every other mega-corporation that reaps benefits from donating to Bush.

GOP to challenge Black voters in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Republican Party has appointed voter challengers to work election day in the 59 precincts in Louisville where African Americans are concentrated.

Community activist gets labor backing

LAWRENCE, Mass. – Community activist Martina M. Cruz was recently endorsed by the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council in her run for School Committee here. Cruz is one of three candidates being endorsed by the labor council in this year’s municipal elections.

Philadelphia mayoral race heats up

PHILADELPHIA – With only a few days left before the mayoral election, Democratic Mayor John Street, the city’s second African American mayor, reportedly has a 5 percent lead in the polls against Sam Katz, his Republican opponent, with 12 percent of voters undecided.

Kucinich: A time to rekindle the dreams

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) formally announced his bid for the U.S. presidency in a speech in the Council Chamber of Cleveland City Hall Oct. 13. He had served as a city councilman there in the 1970s and was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1977 at the age of 31. We offer here, as a public service, extensive excerpts from his announcement speech.

Texas redistricting fight moves to courts

AUSTIN, Texas – On Oct. 14, Texas Democrats filed suit in federal court to block the Republican redistricting power grab. The motion contends that the redistricting map, which the Republican-dominated Legislature approved on Oct. 12, violates the voting rights of minorities.

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