Elections 2012

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In Mansfield, Ohio residents weigh next steps for challenge to fracking toxic waste permits

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 14:56

3:32 minutes (3.23 MB)

In last week’s elections, there were some victories for environmentalists and opponents of the natural gas drilling process of hydraulic fracturing. We’re going to take a look at what happened in communities two states, Ohio and Colorado. First, we go to about 70 miles north of Columbus, Ohio to Mansfield, where voters overwhelmingly approved a charter amendment that challenges the state's authority to permit the disposal of toxic wastes from fracking within city limits. FSRN’s Evan Davis has more.

Fracking ban in Colorado could face legal challenge

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 14:55

3:39 minutes (3.34 MB)

Voters in The city of Longmont, Colorado approved a ban on fracking within city limits in last week’s election. Opponents are already taking steps toward legal challenges, setting up a battle that could have implications for the rest of the state. FSRN’s Maeve Conran has the details.

After big showing for women in election, rights groups push for gains in health, legal, political representation

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 14:59

5:08 minutes (4.7 MB)

Women’s rights groups are celebrating what they say was a resounding election victory this week, with a record number of women elected to Congress and ballot victories for reproductive rights. But challenges remain at the state and federal level for ensuring full access to reproductive health care, especially for low-income women and women of color. Several organizations say they intend to use the political power generated by this year’s high turnout to push for more victories in health, legal protections and federal representation.

Nearly 400,000 ballots yet to be counted in Maricopa, Arizona; could affect Arpaio outcome

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 14:58

5:33 minutes (5.09 MB)

Election officials in Maricopa County, Arizona say nearly 400,000 ballots have not yet been counted, causing some civil rights groups to question Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s reported reelection win this week. So far Arpaio has an 88,000 vote lead over challenger Paul Penzone, who conceded Tuesday night. The County Recorder said about 214,000 early ballots and 116,000 provisional ballots are still to be counted. Advocates are protesting outside the County Recorder’s office and have pledged to remain until the votes are counted.

Californians reject anti-union measure Prop 32, despite flood of dark money

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 14:57

3:20 minutes (3.05 MB)

In California, some 56 percent of voters rejected a measure that would have prevented labor unions and corporations from using payroll deductions for political purposes. It was one of the priciest campaigns in the country with both sides raising about $135 million on the measure. Unions had called it an attempt to silence their voices while backers of the measure had characterized it as a way to diminish special interest influence in politics. FSRN’s Max Pringle reports.

Florida judges retain seats in blow to Republicans, outside funders

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 14:56

4:00 minutes (3.67 MB)

Across the country, money also poured into judicial races at record rates this election. Preliminary assessments by the Brennan Center show about $28 million was spent on TV ads alone in an attempt to influence state Supreme Court races. Those courts often decide on important issues, such as immigration, marriage equality, reproductive rights and redistricting.

Voters from communities of color pivotal in Obama reelection

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 14:58

4:12 minutes (3.85 MB)

A deciding factor in President Obama’s victory Tuesday was aggressive registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns in Black and Latino communities, and on-the-ground support in key battleground states for those targeted by voter suppression. Now, leaders of civil rights groups say the millions of voters who mobilized for the president’s reelection must stay engaged in politics, and must keep pushing for policy victories around issues that affect communities of color. FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more.

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