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PHOTO: In Vermont, legislation to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients is set to go into effect in 2016 but is being challenged in court. There are November ballot measures in Oregon and Colorado. Photo courtesy Center for Food Safety.

PORTLAND, Ore. - After two terms in Congress and a couple of Democratic nominations for president, former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich is putting his campaign skills to work in Oregon. Kucinich and his wife are making appearances this week in support of Measure 92, to require labeling foods mad ...Read More

PHOTO: Television viewers may find public TV stations serving diverse communities in their markets disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: M. Scheerer.

RICHMOND, Va. - As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communication Commission is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's airwaves curr ...Read More

PHOTO: Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, says Maryland's Latino voters are watching wage issues this election. Photo courtesy of 32BJ SEIU.

BALTIMORE - According to Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, big issues for Maryland's Latino voters this election season include school funding, affordable housing, the Dream Act and wages. Contreras says a strong minimum wage is perhaps most important right now to Latinos, and he's pleased ...Read More

Photo: Early voting starts today across North Carolina. Photo courtesy: S. Carson

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – It's a sprint and not a marathon for North Carolina voters this election season. Early voting starts today and runs until Nov. 1 – seven days shorter than in previous years. Boards of Elections are ready for the high turnout expected – as voters try to make su ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota leaders in law enforcement, gun safety and domestic violence prevention gathered Monday for a roundtable with former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. Photo credit: Bill Morrow/Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - Former U.S. congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords was in Minnesota on Monday, touting the need for stronger laws to protect women from gun violence by stalkers and abusers. Giffords was joined by leaders in law enforcement, gun safety, and domestic violence preventio ...Read More

PHOTO: State government and home care workers meet with legislators in early 2014. Some members of SEIU Local 503 donate as little as $5 a month to a fund for candidate contributions and endorsements. Photo courtesy SEIU Local 503.

EUGENE, Ore. – It may be tough for hourly wage workers in Oregon to compete with the political influence of millionaires and billionaires, but that doesn't mean they shouldn’t try. That's the view of the union that represents many service workers in the state, including child care prov ...Read More

PHOTO: Watching the steady stream of political attack ads on TV won't give you the information you need to cast your midterm election ballot. In fact, it might have the opposite effect, turning you off to politics altogether. Photo credit: eelnosiva/iStockphoto.com
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SEATTLE – This week, Washington voters are receiving their ballots in the mail. But for weeks, they've been barraged with political ads and campaign phone calls, and the pace will continue up to Election Day. A New York Times poll says so far in this midterm election, 55 percent of the mon ...Read More

PHOTO: A staffer from State Sen. Jack Martins' office exchanged words with several dozen Long Islanders who delivered so-called "Road Block Awards" to the senator's office in Mineola. Photo credit: Elana Levin/Make the Road Action Fund.

NEW YORK - Several dozen Long Island women, parents, workers and immigrants showed up at State Senator Jack Martins' office Wednesday to deliver so-called "Road Block Awards." Andrea Miller, president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, says Martins is voting in lockstep with GOP leadership in the state ...Read More

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