November 6, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
An amendment to the Maryland Constitution to permit early voting was among several election-reform ballot measures approved by voters in Maryland and other states Tuesday. Question 1 authorizes the Maryland General Assembly to allow voters to cast ballots outside their election districts or wards, ...[read more]
November 6, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
Rights groups filed a writ petition with the California Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking to invalidate a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. Proposition 8, which was approved by about 52 percent of California voters Tuesday, provides that nly marriage between a man... ...[read more]
November 5, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
Washington is in line to become the second US state to permit physician-assisted suicide after voters there Tuesday supported Initiative Measure 1000, which would allow terminally ill, legally competent adults to obtain lethal prescriptions without exposing themselves, their physicians or others ...[read more]
November 5, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
A constitutional amendment effectively banning same-sex marriage appeared to pass in California with most of the vote counted Wednesday, while voters in Arizona and Florida Tuesday approved similar measures. In California, Proposition 8, which was placed on the ballot by citizen initiative, ...[read more]
November 5, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
Voters in two US states with large immigrant populations on Tuesday defeated ballot measures dealing with illegal immigrants, according to unofficial results. In Arizona, an initiative would have revoked the business licenses of employers that knowingly hire illegal immigrants and would have ...[read more]
November 5, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
A ballot measure to prohibit governmental agencies from discriminating or granting preferences on the basis of race and sex appeared to win approval from Nebraska voters Tuesday, while the outcome of a similar proposal in Colorado remained unclear midday Wednesday. In Nebraska, Initiated Measure ...[read more]
November 5, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
Voters in California and South Dakota Tuesday rejected ballot measures that would restrict access to abortion, In California, Proposition 4 would have amended the state constitution to require that a physician notify a parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor who has sought an abortion ...[read more]
November 4, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
Voters in 36 US states considered more than 160 initiatives and referenda at the polls Tuesday, including ballot measures dealing with gay rights, abortion, affirmative action and illegal immigration. Probably the most closely watched ballot measure is in California, where voters will decide ...[read more]
October 24, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the Kingdom of Jordan by Ahmad Chalabi, who led the US-backed Iraqi opposition movement during the regime of Saddam Hussein. The court affirmed a 2004 decision by the US District Court for the ...[read more]
October 21, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Monday issued an order further delaying the release of 17 Uighur detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay as it set an expedited schedule for hearing an appeal by the US Department of Justice (DOJ). A three-judge panel voted 2-1 to stay ...[read more]

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