September 18, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two Taliban gunmen on a motorcycle issued a cheery morning greeting Wednesday to Amanullah Aman, head of the Independent Election Commission in Kunduz province, then opened fire and killed him, raising fears of protracted violence in the run-up to next year's Afghan general election. “Aman was shot with three bullets in the chest,” said Enayatullah Khaliq, spokesman for the governor of Kunduz. “He was taken to the hospital, where he died an hour later.” The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call from spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.
June 30, 2013 |
SANTIAGO, Chile - Marking a triumphant return to politics, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet won the right to run for another four-year presidential term in November. With 99% of the votes counted in Sunday's primary, the surgeon-turned-politician had an overwhelming 73.1%. Her closest opponent for the nomination of the center-left coalition New Majority was Andres Velasco, with 12.9%. Bachelet, who was president from 2006 to 2010, has remained extremely popular with Chileans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 |
Voter registration by Republicans in this state continues to slide, but a smaller percentage of Californians are also registered as Democrats this year. Republican voter registration dipped from 2011 to 2012 from 30.88% to 29.4%, but the new report by the secretary of state says GOP registration was at 28.94% as of Feb. 10. Democrats make up 43.93% of registered voters in California as of February, down slightly from 44.04% in February 2011, the last non-election year. More than 259,000 voters have switched their registration to "no party preference" since 2011, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
March 8, 2013 |
The two candidates who earned a spot in the runoff to be Los Angeles' next mayor have little time to savor their victory. Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti must immediately start raising money , because unlike in state and federal elections, they were prohibited for raising money for the general election during the primary. And they weren't allowed to reserve any of the millions of dollars they raised in the primary for the runoff, meaning the candidates started raising new funds within hours of the polls closing Tuesday.
February 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, the last of the World War II veterans in the Senate, is retiring at the end of this term, he said Thursday. Lautenberg, who turned 89 last month, had been planning to run for reelection in 2014. This year, however, Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, indicated interest in the job and began forming a campaign committee to explore the option. Booker is not the only potential candidate, and the prospect of an open Senate seat could set up a scramble among Democrats.
December 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, one of the most influential leaders of the tea party wing of the party, will retire in January to head a conservative think tank in Washington. DeMint has been a renegade on and off Capitol Hill, and earned a reputation for often rousing - and clashing - with his colleagues over his hard-line positions. The two-term senator carried those views to the campaign trail, where his political action committee endorsed right-flank candidates - often against the party's wishes.