Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - Mississippi voters rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have defined life as starting at conception, and outlawed abortion and many forms of birth control if passed.
"I think voters rejected a measure they understood to be dangerous," said Felicia Brown-Williams with the Mississippi for Healthy Families Campaign. "They really tried to manipulate values around faith and family."
(CNN) - Mississippi voters are casting ballots Tuesday on an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception.
Initiative 26 would define personhood as "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Some statewide and local elections on Tuesday could serve as a barometer for next year's battle for the White House.
While overshadowed Monday by the verdict that Dr. Conrad Murray was responsible for Michael Jackson's death as well as another shoe dropping in the controversy surrounding GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain over allegations of sexual harassment, Election Day 2011 does has some compelling storylines that serve as an appetizer for next year's contests.
(CNN) - For the Rev. Sam Rodriguez, who leads a Hispanic organization that represents more than 24,000 Christian congregations, the future of American Evangelicalism is clear.
"If you are an Evangelical Christian, the fastest growing demographic in the American Evangelical community is embedded in the Hispanic church," said Rodriguez, leader of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference.FULL STORY
(CNN ) - As of 5:00 a.m ET, several Senate races remain unresolved in the 2010 midterm elections. As votes are still being tallied, the estimates contained in this article are subject to change.
Three contests have not yet been projected in the Senate.
(CNN) – Analysts predict Republicans will pick up a lot of seats in the midterm election on Tuesday, but the looming question is how many.
Republicans are confident they’ll get the 39 seats needed to take control of the House. In the Senate, ithe GOP would need to win 10 of the 37 of seats up for grabs to get the majority.
(CNN) – Campaign finance reform is the issue that the Tea Party and progressives can agree on – at least in new ads designed to drum up support for the Fair Elections Now Act. But not always at the same time.
The legislation -designed to incentivize small donor fundraising in congressional campaigns– is being supported by a six-figure TV ad campaign featuring conservative and progressive voices. Ads with conservative points-of-view will air in Washington, DC during the broadcast networks' Sunday talk shows and on FOX News while ads highlighting progressives and conservatives together are set to air on MSNBC and CNN.
"This is not your grandpa's campaign finance reform bill," says David Donnelly, campaign manager for the national effort to pass the Fair Elections Now Act, known as Campaign for Fair Elections.
Washington (CNN) - Congressional lawmakers are staring at the chance, as some groups believe, to free themselves from the mad dash for campaign cash and to elevate the voices of everyday Americans over special interests. Yet others believe that a congressional bill involves something so despised by Americans that, if enacted, lawmakers would be committing an act of political suicide.
On Thursday, the Public Campaign and Common Cause, two non-profits focused on campaign finance reform, are leading the launch a $15 million campaign for passage of the Fair Elections Now Act. In March of last year, the legislation was introduced by the Senate's second most powerful Democrat, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, five-term Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson, the fourth ranking Democrat in that chamber.
Yet even with such high-power backing, the legislation has not advanced far in Congress. The Public Campaign's new $15 million push hopes to change that. It will feature a television ad released Thursday, that will run in key areas. The groups are also working with organizations in 24 states to pressure on key lawmakers. The goal: a successful vote in the next few weeks on the Fair Elections Now Act.
The legislation would allow qualified candidates for federal office to receive large sums of money in the form of grants and matching funds. Supporters argue it would allow candidates to be competitive in campaigns that have increasingly grown more expensive and caused candidates to spend countless hours going after campaign funds.