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Wisconsin recalls, round one: Dems sweep

Despite GOP shenanigans, labor-backed Democratic State Senate hopefuls swept six races in the first round of Wisconsin's state recall elections.

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Illinois defends civil unions law in foster care dispute

State officials sent letters to four Catholic Charities agencies that place children, explaining the decision to not renew foster care and adoption contracts.

"Working dead" take over San Jose City Hall

Several young activists dressed as zombies spent the night on the steps in front of City Hall to participate in the following day's City Council meeting.

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South Carolina passes anti-immigration law

South Carolina has become the fifth and latest state poised to enact a draconian anti-immigration law, after Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed SB 20 last week.

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L.A. alliance organizes to block right-wing attack

The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy may be the far right's next target, but it is organizing to "get in front" of an Andrew Bretibart/Karl Rove type attack.

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Rhode Island passes civil unions bill, with controversy

The Rhode Island state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize same-sex civil unions, sending the bill to the governor for his expected signature.

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Feds show Massey faked safety records in deadly W Va mine

Federal investigators say they have proof that Massey Energy kept fake safety records to throw off inspectors at a West Virginia coal mine where 29 men died last year, the deadliest U.S. coal field disaster in four decades.

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In conservative New England state, voter ID vetoed

"There is no voter fraud problem in New Hampshire," the governor said before vetoing the bill. "We already have strong elections laws."

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Wisconsin elections board disqualifies Republican candidate

Republicans in Wisconsin were dealt a major blow June 27 in their effort to unseat state Democrats and retain their anti-union majority.

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