Politics

10:24am

Thu September 27, 2012
It's All Politics

2012 Gender Gap Could Be Historic, But Maybe Not For The Reason You'd Think

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 1:26 pm

Supporters of Planned Parenthood wave banners during a rally for President Obama in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, ahead of the opening of the Democratic National Convention.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

A slew of new presidential polls released this week not only confirm a long-established gender gap among voters, but also suggest that the male-female preference divide in this year's presidential contest could hit historic levels.

It may surprise that that divide appears not driven by social issues and arguments over reproductive care or choices, analysts say, but largely by the national conversation over the size of government.

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8:59am

Thu September 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Election Day? Expert Says 35 Percent Of All Votes Could Be Cast Before Nov. 6

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 10:52 am

With voters in the swing state of Iowa today joining those in two-dozen other states who can already cast their vote for president, the surge in early voting is necessitating a change in campaign strategy, says Paul Gronke, director of the Early Voting Information Center.

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8:22am

Thu September 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Iowa Becomes First Swing State To Begin Early In-Person Voting

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 9:43 pm

The names of candidates for president and vice president are seen on a ballot at the Polk County Election Office on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa. Early voting in Iowa begins Thursday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

There goes Iowa again, always having to be first. The home of the first-in-the-nation caucuses is also the first swing state to begin early in-person voting in the presidential election.

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4:50am

Thu September 27, 2012
Politics

How Early Voting Changes The Way People Vote

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 6:22 am

Those who have made up their minds, both Democrats and Republicans, take advantage of early voting. Paul Gronke, a Political Science professor at Reed College, talks to David Greene about who votes early, and how early voting has changed the way people go to the polls. Gronke is Director of the Early Voting Information Center.

4:50am

Thu September 27, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Also Campaigns In Buckeye State

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 7:12 am

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's swing through Ohio took him from the suburbs of Columbus through parched cornfields and pumpkin patches to industrial corridors near Cleveland and Toledo. Romney says his policies will make things better for struggling Americans.

4:50am

Thu September 27, 2012
Election 2012

Obama Encourages Ohio Supporters To Vote Early

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 7:00 am

Transcript

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Renee Montagne is talking with voters in Colorado this morning for our series First and Main.

It is hard to believe but we are finally nearing the end of a presidential campaign that in many ways started back in January 2009.

INSKEEP: Iowa begins early voting today. Other states begin soon, and the presidential candidates are preparing for a final expensive and possibly brutal final act.

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3:37am

Thu September 27, 2012
Politics

Pa. Voters Battle Bureaucracy Ahead Of ID Law Ruling

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 9:08 am

Beverly Mitchell shows off her new photo ID card outside a Philadelphia DMV office. She decided to get the card in case a Pennsylvania court rules to allow the enactment of a state law that requires voters to show photo ID in order to vote.
Pam Fessler/NPR

The first sign that getting a new ID isn't going to be easy for Beverly Mitchell and Kathleen Herbert comes before the pair have even left their downtown Philadelphia senior center. As they wait for a ride to a nearby Department of Motor Vehicles office, they get the news: The van that was supposed to take them is broken.

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6:57pm

Wed September 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Cherokee Nation Chief Demands Apology From Scott Brown Campaign

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 3:29 pm

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks during a news conference in Boston last Friday.
Elise Amendola AP

Update at 3:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 27

Alleigh Marre, a spokeswoman for Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's campaign, released a statement, saying:

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5:54pm

Wed September 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Another Iowa Judge Faces Ballot Box Battle Due To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 6:27 pm

Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, right, faces a retention vote Nov. 6.
Charlie Neibergall AP

A battle is under way in Iowa over whether a state Supreme Court justice can keep his job.

Critics have launched an all-out campaign to throw him off the bench because of his ruling three years ago clearing the way for same-sex marriage. The judge's supporters are fighting back, but they may need to get over their reluctance to mix politics and the judiciary.

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5:01pm

Wed September 26, 2012
It's All Politics

One Way To Avoid Political Ads: Watch 'Dancing With The Stars'?

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 5:41 pm

Pamela Anderson performs with Tristan MacManus on Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars. Anderson was the first contestant eliminated on the show this season.
Adam Taylor ABC

It's no secret that TV watchers in swing states are getting flooded, bombarded, practically drowned in political ads.

According to data from Kantar Media, as of a week ago, nearly 700,000 political ads had aired throughout the country during the general election campaign. The estimated spending on those ads: $395 million.

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