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Do ballot initiatives impact elections?

August 9, 2006 - One of the bits of conventional wisdom from Election 2004 is that President Bush benefited in many states from conservative ballot initiatives -- especially those opposing gay marriage -- which whipped up passion and turnout among the conservative base.

Southern Politics

August 8, 2006 - It's primary day, and while most eyes seem fixed on a certain Senate race in Connecticut, there are several interesting political

Voting Rights Hall of Shame

By R. Neal
July 20, 2006 - On its way to being passed in the House, the Voting Rights Act renewal was almost gutted by a coalition of Southern legislators. It survived intact and is now on its way to the Senate for approval. Bush indicates he will sign it.

Money in Politics: Lobbyists

July 17, 2006 - Part of the "culture of corruption" is the undue influence of big money in politics. Despite fits and starts of reform, special interest money dominates the political system -- and it's those with the biggest wallets that benefit.