Politics & Government

Politics & Government
7:57 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Federal Judge Temporarily Delays State's New Abortion Law

A ruling by a U.S. District Judge will temporarily delay implementation of Wisconsin's new abortion law passed last month by the legislature and signed by the Governor.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Campaigns Continue Despite Absence of Gubernatorial Candidates

The gubernatorial election isn't until November of 2014, yet both parties are mobilizing voters.

Wisconsin’s political parties are spending the summer gearing up for the 2014 governor’s race.

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Politics & Government
6:13 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Abele Wants Courthouse Reopened Quickly, Yet Safely

County Executive Abele (right) updated reporters on the repairs underway at the courthouse Monday
Credit Marti Mikkelson

Workers are making repairs and cleaning up after a weekend fire at the Milwaukee County Courthouse complex.

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It's All Politics
5:31 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

With An Eye Toward 2016, Rick Perry Reboots

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces he will not seek re-election as governor, Monday in San Antonio.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 5:37 pm

Picture the next 18 months of Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's road to national relevance.

Appearances on the late-night comedy shows, where he'll banter with Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, maybe even Jimmy Fallon.

A rolling, cross-country road show during which he'll tout the Texas economy and charm grassroots voters and deep-pocketed donors.

Mixing it up back home in Austin with intensifying battles to limit legal abortion and push back against "Washington policies."

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Politics
4:27 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

What Makes A Sex Scandal Survivable?

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:36 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

As we just heard, Eliot Spitzer is hardly the only politician to attempt a political comeback after a sex scandal. In addition to Anthony Wiener, there is also former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. He won a seat in Congress this year, after famously slipping off to Argentina for an extra-marital affair.

NPR's Ari Shapiro looks at what makes some political sex scandals survivable.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

After Scandal, Eliot Spitzer Dives Back Into Politics

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:36 am

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has become the latest politician to ask voters for a second chance. Five years after resigning amid a prostitution scandal, Spitzer is running for public office again, this time to be New York City comptroller.

As NPR's Joel Rose reports, some voters seem willing to listen.

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Politics & Government
3:26 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Governors Group to Meet in Milwaukee Next Month

Governors from around the country plan to share best practices and talk about issues affecting states during their meeting in Milwaukee
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

The National Governors Association will convene its summer meeting August 1-4 in Milwaukee.

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It's All Politics
2:15 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Why Pols Like Eliot Spitzer Can't Quit Politics

Eliot Spitzer is surrounded by media Monday as he tries to collect signatures for his run for New York City comptroller. The former governor, who stepped down in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, says he is planning a political comeback.
Seth Wenig AP

It's a political ticket only Jon Stewart could dream up.

With Anthony Weiner leading the race for New York mayor in some polls, fellow Democrat Eliot Spitzer now hopes to appear on the same ballot in the city comptroller slot.

This latest news comes in a season that has already seen the return of South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford to the House.

"Sanford's success led to Weiner's reassessment, and Weiner's positive polls have led to Spitzer's thinking, 'Why not me?' " says Lara Brown, a political scientist who wrote a dissertation on congressional scandals.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Says He Won't Seek Re-Election In Texas

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 6:01 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he will not run for re-election in 2014, feeding speculation that he might again pursue the presidency as a Republican candidate in the 2016 race.

The governor made his announcement at a news conference Monday in San Antonio, which was carried live online by The Texas Tribune.

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It's All Politics
9:39 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Texas' Looming Hispanic Shift Explained In 2 Charts

A bilingual sign outside a polling center ahead of local elections in Austin, Texas, on April 28.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 3:12 pm

NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Within a decade, Hispanics are projected to eclipse non-Hispanic whites as the largest race or ethnic group in Texas. It's a development that could someday shift the state's — or, given the size of Texas, even the nation's — politics.

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