South Carolina: Voter ID Wins Approval

A bill that would require voters to present a photo ID at the polls won key approval from the S.C. House on Thursday, but not before House Democrats — equating the proposal to segregation-era efforts to disenfranchise voters — walked out.

About 30 members of the Legislative Black Caucus and other House Democrats staged the walkout as debate moved into its fourth hour and it became clear the bill would pass.
The State

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Australia: Labour Party Still Holds Strong Lead

If a federal election to the House of Representatives were held today, which one of the following would you vote for? If “Uncommitted”, to which one of these do you have a leaning?

Feb. 22 Feb. 8 Jan. 18
Australian Labor Party 47% 48% 43%
Coalition (Liberal / National) 36% 36% 39%
Australian Greens 9% 8% 10%
Others 8% 8% 8%

Two-Party Preferred Vote

Feb. 22 Feb. 8 Jan. 18
Australian Labor Party 58% 58% 54%
Coalition (Liberal / National) 42% 42% 46%

Source: Newspoll / The Australian
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,136 Australian voters, conducted from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2009. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

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New Zealand: Conservative National Party Remains Popular

Thinking about the Party Vote, which is for a political party, which political party would you vote for?

National 56%
Labour 28%
Green 6%
Maori Party 3.4%
ACT 3.1%
New Zealand First 1.4%
Kiwi Party 0.7%
The Bill and Ben Party 0.5%
Progressives 0.4%
Family Party 0.2%
United Future NZ 0.1%

Source: Colmar Brunton / One News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,007 New Zealand voters, conducted from Feb. 14 to Feb. 19, 2009. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

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Another Newspaper Bites the Dust

Rich Boehne, chief executive officer of Scripps, broke the news to the Rocky staff at noon today, ending nearly three months of speculation over the paper’s future. He called the paper a victim of a terrible economy and an upheaval in the newspaper industry. “Denver can’t support two newspapers any longer,” Boehne told staffers, some of whom cried at the news. “It’s certainly not good news for you, and it’s certainly not good news for Denver.”

I don’t really mind.

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