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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

PHOTO: About 100 workers from Boston University marched during rush hour Wednesday to press for a cost-of-living increase and health care benefits. Photo credit: E. Villasante.

BOSTON – Rush hour found workers from Boston University marching down Commonwealth Avenue Wednesday, pressing for action on their soon-to-expire contract. Roxana Rivera, director of the property service workers union 32BJ SEIU District 615, says among the 100 who marched were custodians, mai ...Read More

PHOTO: The One Church One School program pairs faith communities and schools to help students succeed in their educational and personal life. Photo courtesy of Rev. Leon Parker, III.

CHICAGO – They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in Illinois, dozens of faith communities are stepping up to help nurture the educational, social and personal development of students. Through the One Church One School program, churches pair up with schools to provide academic, soc ...Read More

PHOTO: Whether Latino voters turn out for this midterm election could have a major impact on the race between Sen. Mark Udall and challenger Cory Gardner. Udall has the edge in a new survey by the National Council of La Raza Action Fund and Latino Decisions. Photo courtesy NCLR Action Fund.

DENVER - Latinos now make up 21 percent of Coloradans, and experts forecast this voting bloc could have a significant impact on the November midterm election. A survey released on Tuesday by the National Council of La Raza Action Fund and Latino Decisions finds 55 percent of Latino voters support i ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois voters can go online to www.aarp.org/yourvote to find nonpartisan information about candidates' positions on key election issues. Photo courtesy: AARP.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinoisians head to the polls three weeks from today for the 2014 midterm elections. For voters who feel overwhelmed by the avalanche of campaign adds and negative advertising, it can be hard to figure out the candidates' true positions on critical policy matters. One organiza ...Read More

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