[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/art.palin.9.18.jpg caption="Did Gov. Palin veto a half-billion dollars in spending?."]
Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, speaking October 27 at a rally in Leesburg, Virginia, said that, acting as Alaska's governor, "I put the veto pen to nearly half a billion dollars in wasteful spending."
Watch: Palin and budget cuts
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(CNN) – “I am getting e-mails from people offering to buy my tombstone,” Fairfax County Registrar Rokey Suleman said Monday about the brewing controversy over his decision to comply with a Virginia law regarding a small class of absentee ballots for next week’s presidential election.
The ballots have fallen victim to the interplay between state and federal law and a rare set of factual circumstances. Federal law allows members of the U.S. military and other voters living overseas to vote in the general election using a federal write-in absentee ballot. The problem has been caused by the fact that when a Virginia voter decides to use the federal write-in absentee ballot both as a ballot to cast a vote and as an absentee ballot application, a separate Virginia law requires that the paperwork submitted by the voter include the address of the person acting as a witness for the voter.
But here’s the issue: neither the federal absentee write-in ballot itself nor its instructions mentions Virginia’s requirement that the witness’s address be included. In fact, the ballot form doesn’t even have a space to write down the witness address which Virginia requires.
Click here to see the federal write-in absentee ballot
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/art.stevens.ap.jpg caption="Stevens has been found guilty on all counts."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A jury Monday found U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska guilty on all seven counts of making false statements on Senate disclosure forms.
Stevens had been charged with failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gifts and work on his house in Alaska.
The 84-year-old senator is locked in a tight race for re-election, hoping to retain the seat he has held since 1968.
Sentencing is set for January 26.
(CNN) – A lawsuit was filed late last week against Mike Coffman, Colorado’s Republican Secretary of State alleging that thousands of voters were purged from the battleground state’s rolls in violation of federal law.
Click here to read the complaint against Coffman
“Legitimate voters should have their voices heard,” Jenny Flanagan, the Executive Director of Colorado Common Cause, said in a statement. “By returning wrongfully purged voters to the list we can ensure their rights are protected,” she added.
Coffman’s office has denied any wrongdoing, and Coffman says he believes Colorado has fully complied with all applicable voter registration laws and voter cancellation procedures.
CNN currently considers Colorado to be a toss-up on its Electoral College map.
–CNN Correspondent Dan Simon contributed to this report
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At a campaign appearance Monday, October 27, in Dayton, Ohio, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama repeated his assertion that his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, supported deregulation that Obama argues helped lead to this year's financial collapse. "When it comes to the economy, when it comes to the central issue of our time - the central issue of this election - the plain truth is that John McCain has stood with this president every step of the way ... calling for less regulation 21 times just this year - those are the facts."
Watch: McCain's votes on regulation
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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/28/art.winner.cnn.jpg caption="A New Mexico paper has declared Obama the winner."]SANTA FE, New Mexico (CNN) – For The New Mexico Sun News it is either a major scoop or “Dewey Beats Truman” déjà vu 60 years later.
“Obama Wins!” is the headline of the edition on newsstands now, complete with “special collector’s edition” in red bold typeface.
The Sun News is a bi-monthly newspaper and its Oct 26-Nov 8 issue had to hit the streets, and the newsstands, before the election. So the editors decided to make a leap of faith and declare Democrat Barack Obama the winner.
In an article explaining their choice, the editors unabashedly wrote, “When it comes to calling the winner of a presidential election, everyone wants to be first. The New Mexico Sun News hereby claims that achievement.”
In its tongue-in-cheek style, the article went on to note the newspaper has a goal of reaching one million readers with each edition, but prints just 10,000 copies of each of its issues.
So, “each copy must be read by 100 different and distinct people. This places an enormous burden on our intrepid readers. However, it is a burden that we must insist you carry. So, please, read quickly, care for the physical condition of the paper and pass it on to your next chosen reader.”
The liberal leaning alternative newspaper ended by imploring its readers to get out and vote, “even if we did spoil the ending for you.”
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Some of John McCain's advisers are not happy that his running mate, Governor Sarah Palin, is making a habit of going off-script and off-message with some of her comments... Most recently this weekend when she discussed her wardrobe at a rally in Florida.
So let's play "what if?"
What if John McCain had not picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate?
For one thing, the Republicans probably wouldn't have had to spend $150,000 buying clothes for the candidate.
Seriously. What if McCain had picked Mitt Romney. A self-made man with plenty of clothes and a knowledge of the economy that the current ticket is sorely lacking. And while he probably can't see Russia from his state, he could probably name at least one newspaper that he reads every day. And if he won, he probably wouldn't go to Washington in January thinking he was "in charge of the Senate."
Or what about Tom Ridge. The former Pennsylvania governor and Secretary of Homeland Security? The key to victory for McCain or Obama may well be Pennsylvania, where Obama holds a double-digit lead heading into next Tuesday.
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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/art.land.gi.jpg caption="Some Republicans or hopeful, others prepare for the worst."](CNN) - Eight days out and some Republicans see small glimmers of progress, if not hope. But most are fairly bleak about the GOP’s chances.
“Feels like the makings of a landslide,” said one veteran GOP operative who has held top jobs in presidential campaigns and been closely involved in past congressional cycles.
Another longtime strategist who is involved in a number of congressional and state races this year said many Republicans who had run good campaigns were asking a daunting question heading into the final week: “Will all these newly registered voters go to vote for Obama and then walk out without voting for a lot of candidates they have never heard of, or will they go all the way down the ballot to create coattails?”
Somewhat more optimistic was a GOP strategist closely involved with the McCain campaign.
“Things improved” over the weekend, was this strategist’s take. “No mystery. Lots of red states closer than last week.”
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/art.cnnlive12.cnn.jpg caption="Watch the event on CNN.com/live."](CNN) - John McCain campaigned in Dayton Ohio earlier Monday, during which he targeted a 7-year old interview with Barack Obama.
"In a radio interview revealed today, he said that one of the quote – 'tragedies' of the civil rights movement is that it didn’t bring about a redistribution of wealth in our society. He said, and I quote, 'One of the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement was because the Civil Rights movement became so court-focused I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change,'" McCain said.
"That is what change means for Barack the Redistributor: It means taking your money and giving it to someone else."
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/art.cnnlive11.cnn.jpg caption="CNN.com/live carried the event"](CNN) - Barack Obama delivered a speech in Canton, Ohio earlier Monday that his campaign described as the Illinois senator's "closing argument."
"In one week, at this defining moment in history, you can give this country the change we need," Obama said. "We began this journey in the depths of winter nearly two years ago, on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Back then, we didn’t have much money or many endorsements. We weren’t given much of a chance by the polls or the pundits, and we knew how steep our climb would be."
Read Obama's full prepared remarks