January 31st, 2013
09:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Gun debate: Where is the middle ground?

Washington (CNN) - Amardeep Kaleka will never forget the moment when his father laid on the ground and prayed.

Satwant Singh Kaleka had been shot five times while wresting a gunman in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. His turban was knocked off, and two kids and a priest crawled up beside him. Together, they prayed.

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Filed under: Gun control
Mississippi voting on 'personhood' amendment
November 8th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Mississippi voting on 'personhood' amendment

(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."

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Filed under: Abortion • Elections • Mississippi
November 3rd, 2010
03:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Deceased candidate wins state Senate seat in California

(CNN) – Democrat Jenny Oropeza won re-election as a state senator in California, but the implications of her victory Tuesday won't be known for some time.

Oropeza, 53, died two weeks before the election from a blood clot after battling cancer. But the incumbent remained on the ballot, winning by a decent margin - 58 percent to 36 percent over Republican John Stammreich.

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Filed under: 2010 • California
November 3rd, 2010
10:13 AM ET
4 years ago

Iowa voters oust justices who made same-sex marriage legal

(CNN) – Voters in Iowa chose to remove three high court justices who helped make Iowa the first Midwestern state to permit same-sex marriage.

The vote marks the first time a member of the Iowa Supreme Court has been rejected by the voters under the current system that began in 1962.

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Filed under: 2010 • Iowa
January 22nd, 2009
05:25 AM ET
9 months ago

Bush twins offer advice to Sasha, Malia Obama

The Bush twins told Sasha and Malia Obama to remember who your dad really is.
The Bush twins told Sasha and Malia Obama to remember who your dad really is.

(CNN) - Jenna and Barbara Bush know a lot about growing up in the White House.

The twin daughters of former President Bush were 7 when their grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, was inaugurated, and 20 when their father became president.

Like their dad, who left a note for President Barack Obama, Jenna and Barbara Bush wrote Tuesday to Obama's daughters about what to expect in the weeks and months ahead.

"We also first saw the White House through the innocent, optimistic eyes of children," the twins wrote in an open letter published in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal.

The twins reminisce in the letter about important events and historic moments they were able to be part of in a presidential family.

But the Bushes also tried to prepare Sasha and Malia for some sobering truths.

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Filed under: Obama family
October 28th, 2008
11:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Long lines, few machines hamper voting in Georgia county

Hundreds of people stand in line outside the Frank Bailey Senior Center Tuesday in Riverdale, Georgia.
Hundreds of people stand in line outside the Frank Bailey Senior Center Tuesday in Riverdale, Georgia.

RIVERDALE, Georgia (CNN) - Melvin Dubose wishes he had just decided to vote in New York.

The Clayton County resident, who registered to vote in Georgia when he moved six months ago, showed up at the Frank Bailey Senior Center in Riverdale, Georgia, at 9 a.m. hoping to cast his vote early.

At 2 p.m. Dubose had just reached the front of the line - that ran hundreds deep and snaked around the senior center into the back parking lot.

After battling temperatures in the 40s and finally reaching the front door, yet another line and voter information forms stood between Dubose and the voting booth.

"It's ridiculous," he said. "It's worth it, but it's completely unnecessary. We shouldn't have to wait four or five hours in the cold to be able to vote. I would have voted in New York if I knew it was going to be like this."

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Filed under: Georgia • Voter Problems