Massachusetts lieutenant governor resigns, announces new role
May 22nd, 2013
10:43 AM ET
7 years ago

Massachusetts lieutenant governor resigns, announces new role

(CNN) - Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray resigned his position to become the head of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce at a press conference on Wednesday.

Murray said that his decision to resign before his term is finished is for personal for reasons.

"In January I made a decision with my wife not seek political office in 2014." Murray said. "The next chapter of my life needs to be focused primarily on family. I wanted to take advantage of this moment in our lives, as childhood passes quickly and this is an important time for my family."

When asked if he was going to rule out running for office again Murray responded, "We'll see." He continued, "I'm not ruling anything in or out. I'm excited about this opportunity.

Murray said he intends to submit his resignation effective at end of day on June 2nd and begin his new role on June 3rd.

The lieutenant governor has taken heat recently over questions about his relationship with the disgraced Chelsea Housing Authority director and campaign funding.

CNN's Sara Fischer contributed to this report.


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May 22nd, 2013
10:41 AM ET
7 years ago

IRS official takes the 5th at congressional hearing

Washington (CNN) - The Internal Revenue Service official who headed the division involved in targeting conservative groups invoked her constitutional right against self-incrimination Wednesday and refused to answer questions from a congressional committee.

Lois Lerner read a statement at a House Oversight Committee hearing that declared she did nothing wrong and broke no laws before saying she would not answer any questions.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS
E.W. Jackson: Nothing 'to rephrase or apologize for'
May 22nd, 2013
10:10 AM ET
7 years ago

E.W. Jackson: Nothing 'to rephrase or apologize for'

(CNN) - E.W. Jackson, Virginia's new Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, said he has nothing to apologize for regarding his startling past comments about abortion, race and homosexuality.

"I say the things that I say because I'm a Christian, not because I hate anybody, but because I have religious values that matter to me," Jackson told reporters Tuesday at a Fredericksburg campaign stop, according to the Washington Post.
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Christie's opponent puts up first ad
May 22nd, 2013
09:29 AM ET
7 years ago

Christie's opponent puts up first ad

(CNN) - The Democrat hoping to oust New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie released her first television ad Wednesday.

New Jersey State Sen. Barbara Buono, already outspent by her opponent in ad money, used the spot to not only introduce herself but to take a few swipes at the Republican governor, who's up for re-election in November.
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Filed under: Ads • Barbara Buono • Chris Christie • New Jersey
Poll: New Yorkers not crazy about Weiner run for mayor?
May 22nd, 2013
08:38 AM ET
7 years ago

Poll: New Yorkers not crazy about Weiner run for mayor?

(CNN) - Nearly half of New York City voters don't think Anthony Weiner should run for mayor this year, according to a new poll.

But according to the Quinnipiac University poll, Weiner, who announced his candidacy for mayor early Wednesday morning, is in second place in the battle for the city's Democratic nomination.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
Garcetti makes history as next LA mayor
May 22nd, 2013
07:34 AM ET
7 years ago

Garcetti makes history as next LA mayor

(CNN) - Eric Garcetti won the Los Angeles mayoral race, and will become the first Jewish mayor of the nation's second-largest city.

"Thank you Los Angeles - the hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years," Garcetti, 42, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning. "Let's make this a great city again."

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May 22nd, 2013
07:15 AM ET
7 years ago

By the Numbers: Internal Revenue Service

(CNN) - The controversy over the extra scrutiny the Internal Revenue Service imposed on some conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status could take a new turn Wednesday when IRS official Lois Lerner is expected to assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a House Oversight Committee hearing.

Lerner's decision essentially not to testify will follow a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday where former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and ousted Acting Commissioner Eric Miller both testified.

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CNN Washington AM Note
May 22nd, 2013
05:33 AM ET
7 years ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Search for survivors winds down as Oklahoma begins daunting recovery

What began as a hunt for survivors is now an arduous recovery effort. No new survivors or bodies have been found since Monday, the day a mammoth tornado ripped a 17-mile path of destruction in central Oklahoma and pummeled 2,400 homes. The mayor of Moore, which bore the brunt of the tornado's wrath, said he doesn't expect the death toll to climb any higher. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed, the state medical examiner's office said.

ALSO SEE: CNNMoney: FEMA offers aid to tornado victims

WSJ: Electronic Health Data Gaining Favor

More than half of U.S. doctors have switched to electronic health records and are using them to manage patients' basic medical information and prescriptions, according to federal data set to be released Wednesday. The Department of Health and Human Services says it has reached a tipping point as it seeks to steer medical providers away from paper records. Advocates for electronic health records say they have the potential to make medical care safer and more efficient. In 2015, the federal government will start penalizing providers that haven't begun using electronic health records in reimbursements they get for treating patients.

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May 22nd, 2013
01:51 AM ET
7 years ago

Disgraced ex-congressman Weiner says he's running for NYC mayor

(CNN) – It’s official.

After months of speculation, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner announced in a YouTube video posted to his campaign website late Tuesday that he is running for mayor of New York City.

“Look, I’ve made some big mistakes and I know I’ve let a lot of people down.  But I’ve also learned some tough lessons,” Weiner says in the video.  “I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”

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