Election

  1. The Tampa Bay Times has officially endorsed President Barack Obama

    "This is not the time to reverse course and return to the failed policies of the past. Without hesitation, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Barack Obama for re-election as president.”

    The Times released a statement on their web site explaining their endorsement for the president mentioning the president’s accomplishments in the past four years, and what he will bring to the table if he is re-elected. 

    The Times clearly state their opposition to Mitt Romney’s stance on healthcare, foreign policy, immigration laws, the economic stimulus package, and his view against same-sex marriage and women’s health.

    "Romney, who supported abortion rights as Massachusetts governor and now opposes them with limited exceptions, cannot be trusted to stand up to social conservatives who view overturning Roe vs. Wade as a litmus test for prospective justices.”

    tampabay.com »

  2. What issue matters most to you in the upcoming election? Tell us here on The 12, or tweet your response using #VoterVoices
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You can read about what candidates are saying on important issues and endorse their statements here on the Issue Engine.

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Andrea Sampedro is a 22-year-old international student from Colombia. She is currently attending the English Language Program at the University of North Florida. 
She has been in the United States for a little over a month and loves the country. 
She said she likes President Obama because the press coverage in Colombia makes him look like a very smart president who cares about America.
The issue she is most interested in is the Dream Act. She says she hasn’t heard the two candidates talk about it at all and she believes it needs to be passed into a law because it would benefit students who have lived in the United States since they were young. 

“It is so unfair to send these students back to a country that they don’t know anything about, they don’t even speak the language,” said Sampedro.  

Over three million students graduate from U.S. high schools every year and about 65,000 of them do not get the opportunity to achieve their dreams because they hold the title of an illegal immigrant. 

“I know this law wouldn’t benefit me because I just came here, but I strongly support it and feel these students should be given the opportunity to become professionals and contribute to society and the economy,” Sampedro added. 

Sampedro, focused on learning the language, is closely following this election.
By Margie Castro.  

    What issue matters most to you in the upcoming election? Tell us here on The 12, or tweet your response using #VoterVoices

    You can read about what candidates are saying on important issues and endorse their statements here on the Issue Engine.

    floridaelects:

    Andrea Sampedro is a 22-year-old international student from Colombia. She is currently attending the English Language Program at the University of North Florida. 

    She has been in the United States for a little over a month and loves the country. 

    She said she likes President Obama because the press coverage in Colombia makes him look like a very smart president who cares about America.

    The issue she is most interested in is the Dream Act. She says she hasn’t heard the two candidates talk about it at all and she believes it needs to be passed into a law because it would benefit students who have lived in the United States since they were young. 

    “It is so unfair to send these students back to a country that they don’t know anything about, they don’t even speak the language,” said Sampedro.  

    Over three million students graduate from U.S. high schools every year and about 65,000 of them do not get the opportunity to achieve their dreams because they hold the title of an illegal immigrant. 

    “I know this law wouldn’t benefit me because I just came here, but I strongly support it and feel these students should be given the opportunity to become professionals and contribute to society and the economy,” Sampedro added. 

    Sampedro, focused on learning the language, is closely following this election.

    By Margie Castro.  

    floridaelects »

  3. "The issue that matters most to me as I get ready to vote is funding for higher education." 
— Anthony D’Amico, senior, University of New Hampshire
What issue matters most to you in the upcoming election? Tell us here on The 12, or tweet your response using #VoterVoices
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You can also read up on the candidates positions and endorse their statements using the Washington Post’s Issue Engine and more by topic area here: 
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    "The issue that matters most to me as I get ready to vote is funding for higher education."

    — Anthony D’Amico, senior, University of New Hampshire

    What issue matters most to you in the upcoming election? Tell us here on The 12, or tweet your response using #VoterVoices

    You can also read up on the candidates positions and endorse their statements using the Washington Post’s Issue Engine and more by topic area here: 

    Health Care | Foreign Policy | Economy | Immigration | Energy | Education

    Washington Post »

  4. "I’m really interested in what’s going to happen as far as the Bush tax cuts are concerned. If they continue, then they’ll obviously decrease the amount of revenue coming into the government and increase the deficit, so I would like to see them repealed."
— Holden McKinney, senior, Temple University in Philadelphia
What issue matters most to you in the upcoming election? Tell us here on The 12, or tweet your response using #VoterVoices
Tweet #VoterVoices
You can also read up on the candidates positions and endorse their statements using the Washington Post’s Issue Engine. 
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    "I’m really interested in what’s going to happen as far as the Bush tax cuts are concerned. If they continue, then they’ll obviously decrease the amount of revenue coming into the government and increase the deficit, so I would like to see them repealed."

    — Holden McKinney, senior, Temple University in Philadelphia

    What issue matters most to you in the upcoming election? Tell us here on The 12, or tweet your response using #VoterVoices

    You can also read up on the candidates positions and endorse their statements using the Washington Post’s Issue Engine

    Washington Post »

  5. yahoopolitics:

    We want to know what it’s like to live in a swing state during the final weeks of the election. How many of your neighbors have Obama-Biden or Romney-Ryan yard signs? What’s the best political bumper sticker you’ve seen? Is there political tension in the air due to differing opinions?

    Reply with your photos and stories. 

    yahoopolitics »

  6. planetmoney:

    The word “deductions” was used 14 times in last night’s debate, but neither candidate specifically mentioned what our panel of economists suggested, eliminating the mortgage interest deduction and the deduction companies get for providing health-care to employees.

    (via npr)

    NPR »

  7. source2012:

Liberal Super PACs Out-Raise Conservative Groups in August
Barack Obama isn’t the only one to find his mojo in August. For the first time this year, liberal super PACs out-dueled their conservative counterparts in the monthly fundraising department.
Read more on OpenSecrets Blog.

    source2012:

    Liberal Super PACs Out-Raise Conservative Groups in August

    Barack Obama isn’t the only one to find his mojo in August. For the first time this year, liberal super PACs out-dueled their conservative counterparts in the monthly fundraising department.

    Read more on OpenSecrets Blog.

    (via opensecretsdc)

    opensecrets.org »

  8. Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne won their parties’ nominations on Tuesday, both by sizable margins, and will now vie to become the New Hampshire’s next Governor. 

  9. Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer said Obama’s record during the past four years, especially his support for Michigan industries, will show the state its candidate.

    “I think it’s a matter of getting voters to draw the contrast between Mitt Romney and the president,” Brewer said.

    — Rachel Jackson, Rebecca Ryan, Sam Radecki and Adam Toolin cover the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., for Michigan State University’s The State News

    The team spoke with those with Michigan connections to focus on how the state could shape the weeks leading to the November election.

    statenews.com »

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