Long lines, sporadic snags in U.S. election

OhioVotesLong lines and sporadic problems with voting machines caused snags in some key states during Tuesday's closely watched U.S. election.

Voters waited for up to four hours in Virginia and three hours in some parts of south Florida, leading some to walk away before casting a ballot.

In Pinellas County, Fla., which includes St. Petersburg, officials had to send a corrective message to 12,000 absentee voters after an automated call told them they needed to get their ballot in "tomorrow." The message was supposed to have gone out Monday, but was sent out Tuesday due to a computer glitch, said Nancy Whitlock, a spokeswoman for the county supervisor of elections.


Election Day blog


Election Day 2012 gave way to Election Night 2012, bringing with the transition resounding victories in Memphis and Shelby County for President Obama and Congressman Steve Cohen and thoroughly sound defeats for two tax measures.


Obama, Romney make a mad dash in a final bid for votes

finalpush-1President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are spending the final hours of the campaign making a mad dash through battleground states Monday in a late push to sway a closely divided electorate ahead of Tuesday's election.


Obama can get re-elected without popular vote majority

early-votingWASHINGTON – Even if President Obama loses the popular vote on Nov. 6, as some national polls are projecting, he could still get re-elected by winning in the Electoral College, where he currently holds an edge over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

If that scenario plays out, it would mark the third time that has happened in the nation's history and the first since George W. Bush entered the White House in 2000 after losing the popular vote to former Vice President Al Gore Jr. by 500,000 votes.


Superstorm damage turns rivals into teammates

Obama in NJ-1Normally rivals, President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made no mention of politics Wednesday to tour and assess widespread devastation near Atlantic City, two days after a superstorm left parts of the iconic resort destroyed.

"I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state," Christie said after surveying damage from Sandy in Brigantine, N.J.


Booker: Sununu’s comment was ‘unfortunate’

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a top surrogate for President Barack Obama's campaign, said Friday that a surrogate for Mitt Romney made the wrong call when he argued Colin Powell endorsed Obama because they shared the same race.

"Whatever he meant or not, it was a statement that is unfortunate and just reflects a lack of understanding and sensitivity," Booker said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."


Mississippi town sued over ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

WASHINGTON – Federal civil rights lawyers filed suit Wednesday against Meridian, Miss., and other defendants for operating what the government calls a school-to-prison pipeline in which students are denied basic constitutional rights, sent to court and incarcerated for minor school infractions.


Pell Grants: Gateway to jobs and the new economy

Cities with bumper crops of college graduates have far better harvests when it comes to attracting the jobs of tomorrow.

That's why Memphis and other smaller and impoverished cities that are lagging behind in the percentage of residents with college-degrees have put bold strategies in place to move them up the ladder and increase the percentage of advanced learners.


No jail for student in FAMU hazing death

One of the students who allegedly held Robert Champion in a bear hug during a hazing initiation was sentenced Monday (Oct. 22) to six months of community control, two years of supervised probation and 200 hours of community service for his role in the Florida A&M University band member's death.


Domestic Violence: What’s love got to do with it?

WASHINGTON– When Brittny Henderson was 16, she thought she was in love. The target of her affection was popular and on the football team. She was young and excited. "It was really wonderful at first," Henderson said. "It was normal."

They spent every waking moment together. In the morning he would pick her up for school, text her all day and come to her house after football practice. When he left her house at night, he would call her and they would talk before bed.


Debate III: Romney supports many of Obama’s foreign policy positions

3rdDebate-2WASHINGTON – What was billed as the third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Monday night often featured the former Massachusetts governor agreeing with actions taken by the president on foreign policy.

Unlike his acerbic performance in the earlier debates, Romney agreed with at least a half-dozen actions taken by Obama, including instituting economic sanctions against Iran, wanting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down, increasing the use of drones, implementing a troop surge in Afghanistan, and supporting the killing of Osama bin Laden.


Presidential debate: Unasked and Unanswered

2ndDebateAs Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in the second presidential debate Tuesday night (Oct. 16), New America Media editors posed 10 questions that have largely gone unasked – and unanswered – in their campaigns.

1. U.S.-Mexico Border

Mitt Romney has pledged to finish the wall on the border with Mexico. What will that mean for U.S. relations with the country that gave his grandfather sanctuary as a polygamist?


Group seeks to make free condoms more accessible

man wearing condomLAS VEGAS – No one should ever accuse organizers of Condom Nation, a project of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, of thinking small. A year ago, they came up with the idea of traveling around the nation and dispensing 1 million free condoms in 25 cities. So far, it has visited 45 cities and distributed 4 million condoms.

"We did a testing tour in 2009," said James Vellequette, director of Condom Nation. "We decided we were going to emulate that and by driving around the country giving away condoms."