UK government drops taxes in election rush

LONDON - (APINTL) Cider drinkers, vacation home owners and libel lawyers are among the early victors in Britain's looming general election. All will benefit from the government's announcement Wednesday that it is dropping a host of planned tax and fee increases as it struggles to push through...

Al-Maliki bloc says 750,000 Iraqi votes in doubt

BAGHDAD - (AP) Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political party claimed Sunday its investigation into the March 7 parliamentary election has thrown into question some 750,000 votes, enough to change the results of the nationwide poll. The State of Law alliance trailed by just two seats behind...

Sudan opposition accuses US of backing flawed poll

KHARTOUM, Sudan - (AP) Sudan's opposition parties accused the United States of backing the country's elections despite the deep flaws favoring the government, as officials announced Monday voting was extended for two days following complaints of problems at the polling stations. Sudan's...

UK election: Best bet is that history will be made

LONDON - (APINTL) Polls in Britain's razor-edge election opened early Thursday in a race that is likely to reshape the country's politics in historic ways. Should Gordon Brown cling to power, his Labour Party will have pulled off one of the most unlikely political comebacks in modern times...

British stocks, pound drop amid uncertain election

LONDON - (APINTL) Britain's main stock index and the pound fell Friday as investors reacted grumpily to an inconclusive result in national elections against a backdrop of global market turbulence. In the first minute of trading, the FTSE 100 share index was down 1.3 percent at 5,193. That followed...

Pressure mounts in Britain to form new govt

LONDON - (APINTL) Britain's election deadlock appeared closer to resolution Monday as the Conservatives led by David Cameron and a potential ally both reported progress in talks to form a new government amid fears that prolonged uncertainty would rattle markets and anger voters. But Prime Minister...

Iraq's Supreme Court ratifies election results

BAGHDAD - (AP) Iraq's Supreme Court on Tuesday ratified the results of the nation's March 7 parliamentary election, officially declaring the secular Iraqiya alliance the vote's biggest winner. The televised announcement by the court's top judge marked the first major step toward resolving...

Judge Hears Arguments In S.D. Ballot Access Case

PIERRE S.D. — (AP) A federal judge refused Thursday to order South Dakota officials to put the fledgling Constitution Party's candidate for governor on the November ballot, but said there's some chance a solution can be found in the legal dispute. The party filed a lawsuit challenging what...

Veteran Myanmar politician says gov't party to win

YANGON, Myanmar - (AP) A veteran politician contesting Myanmar's upcoming elections said Sunday the political party backed by the ruling military junta will easily win the most seats because challengers face financial and other handicaps. Thu Wai, chairman of the newly formed Democratic Party...

Arizona Green Party Sues To Block 'Sham Candidates'

TEMPE, Ariz. - (AP) The Arizona Green Party is asking a judge to kick more than half of the group's nominees off the November ballot. The unusual request, filed in federal court Monday, follows the nomination of 11 candidates allegedly recruited by Republican operatives to siphon votes from Democratic...

Judge: Arizona Green Party Candidates To Stay On Ballot

PHOENIX - (AP) Nine disputed Arizona Green Party nominees, labeled "sham candidates" because they were allegedly recruited by Republicans to siphon away support for Democrats, can stay on the November ballot, a federal judge ruled late Thursday. U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell denied...

Feds Sue Guam, U.S. Territory's Election Officials

HONOLULU - (AP) The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Guam and the U.S. territory's election officials to ensure military service members and other U.S. citizens living overseas have the opportunity to participate in the Nov. 2 federal general election. Full version available to lexis...

Judge Nixes Anti-Gay Marriage Group's Election Lawsuit

BUFFALO, N.Y. - (AP) A federal judge on Monday rejected a challenge to state election law brought by a group that opposes gay marriage and supports Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino. The Washington, D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage argued last week that it should be allowed...

Vermont, GOP Governors Association Trade Lawsuits

MONTPELIER, Vt. - (AP) Vermont's attorney general and the Republican Governors Association filed lawsuits against one another Monday the state accusing the RGA of campaign finance law violations, the RGA calling Vermont's attorney general a partisan Democrat trying to muzzle its free speech....

Vince McMahon Sues Over WWE Garb At Connecticut Polls

HARTFORD, Conn. - (AP) World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon, the husband of U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop local election workers from asking WWE fans to cover up their wrestling garb at the polls. Vince McMahon, also president of the...

Supreme Court To Review Arizona Campaign Finance Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Less than a year after removing most limits on election spending by corporations and organized labor, the Supreme Court is signaling trouble for another campaign law that aims to curtail the political power of big money. The court on Monday said it will consider dismantling Arizona's...

Obama's Immigration Gamble

" Amid impassioned demands from Latinos to revamp immigration policy , President Barack Obama found a way to act alone, without relying on an unwilling Congress. His administration’s solution — scaling back deportations of illegal immigrants who appear to pose little criminal threat...

Conservative Latino Leader Quits GOP In Texas

"Lauro Garza, head of Somos Republicans, the largest organization of Latino conservatives in Texas, has quit the Republican Party because of what he described as the anti-Latino rhetoric of GOP leaders. ... The Republican Party leadership has been ceding to the influence of the Tea Party,...

GOP’s Latino problem gets worse

"Although other issues have contributed to the GOP’s struggles with Latino voters, the party’s strident opposition to immigration reform has poisoned the electoral well. From California’s Proposition 187 referendum in the 1990s to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s signing of...

POLITICS AT WORK: Employer Dos, Don'ts, and Be Very, Very Carefuls

After Tuesday night's rather -- intense -- Presidential debate , it was fun to watch Gov. Romney and President Obama good-naturedly tease each other at the Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner to benefit Catholic Charities of New York. With two and a half weeks to go until election day ( November...

Election Consequences

Now that the election is over, the good news for those of us who live in swing states is that we will no longer be overwhelmed with negative ads telling us the opposing candidate is despicable. For those who were hoping to see an end to the estate tax, the news is not so good. President Obama's re...

After the Election, Still Looking for Estate Tax Certainty

It's over. American voted. We have our winners and losers. With the election behind us, Washington has got to get down to business, and soon. The so-called fiscal cliff is looming. How this issue is handled will likely have a dramatic impact on the structure of federal estate taxes going forward...