Will Hawaii gov. sign civil union bill?

Will Hawaii gov. sign civil union bill?

Hawaii is a step closer to joining a small group of other states in allowing same-sex civil unions. In a move that still needs the governor’s signature to become law, the House of Representatives Thursday night approved a measure that has drawn some of the state’s biggest protest rallies. Republican Gov. Linda Lingle hasn’t said […]

Lawsuits, anger spotlight Arizona immigration law

Lawsuits, anger spotlight Arizona immigration law

Anger mounted Thursday over an Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration as a police officer filed one of the first lawsuits challenging the law and activists gathered outside an Arizona Diamondbacks game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, chanting “Boycott Arizona.” The lawsuit from 15-year Tucson police veteran Martin Escobar is one of two filed […]

Senior health plans found lacking

Senior health plans found lacking

Millions of seniors signed up for popular Medicare Advantage insurance plans don’t get the best quality, an independent study found. How the private plans score on a quality rating system set up by the government is about to have a direct impact on insurers’ finances — not to mention seniors’ benefits and premiums. President Barack […]

Obama: Don’t expect swift action on immigration reform

Obama: Don’t expect swift action on immigration reform

President Barack Obama says there “may not be an appetite” in Congress to deal with immigration immediately after going through a tough legislative year. With energy legislation on the table and midterm elections approaching, Obama said Wednesday he didn’t want to force an immigration bill through Congress “just for the sake of politics.” Still, he […]

Dems ramp up pressure on Wall Street

Dems ramp up pressure on Wall Street

Democrats planned to keep up the pressure on Republicans after an expected setback put the brakes on Senate consideration of financial regulations. But their task got slightly more complicated by the defection — at least for now — of one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska. Nelson voted with Republicans on Monday to deny Democrats […]

The politics of immigration

The politics of immigration

Arizona’s tough new immigration law swiftly reconfigured the national political landscape in an already high-octane election year. It creates peril for Democrats and Republicans on a divisive issue with implications for national security, states rights and race. Both parties are trying to figure out the next step, mindful not to enflame their electoral base or […]

Lawsuits expected over Arizona immigration law

Lawsuits expected over Arizona immigration law

The debate over Arizona’s new illegal immigrant law will likely move from protest lines and talk shows to the courtroom, where a judge could be asked to decide whether the state can enforce laws that until now had been the federal government’s exclusive domain. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the bill on Friday, said […]

Dems to GOP: ‘Go ahead, make our day’

Dems to GOP: ‘Go ahead, make our day’

With a showdown vote looming, Democrats are resisting Republican appeals for a broad compromise on financial overhaul legislation and are eager to test whether GOP unity will crack in an anti-Wall Street political climate. The top negotiators on the regulatory bill — Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd and Republican Sen. Richard Shelby — professed to be […]

Congressman urges feds to fight Arizona’s Gestapo immigration law

Congressman urges feds to fight Arizona’s Gestapo immigration law

An Arizona congressman urged the Obama administration not to cooperate when illegal immigrants are picked up by local police if a tough new state immigration law survives legal challenges. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, and civil rights activists spoke on Sunday to thousands of people gathered at the state Capitol and called on President […]

Things ain’t looking good for Marco Rubio

Things ain’t looking good for Marco Rubio

Now that Republicans have made him the U.S. Senate front-runner, Marco Rubio is trying to weather potentially damaging revelations about his credit card use, double billing for airfare and murky finances. A few months ago, the former Florida House speaker seemed an unlikely bet to beat Gov. Charlie Crist in the party’s Senate primary. And […]