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Chicago greenlights citations for marijuana instead of arrests updated: Wed Jun 27 2012 17:37:00

The Chicago City Council approved a measure on Wednesday that allows police to issue citations for those carrying small amounts of marijuana rather than make arrests. It's the latest follow through by U.S. officials to decrease penalties associated with the drug.

Dispensary giving away free pot at partyupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 16:13:00

A medical marijuana dispensary is offering cardholders free pot during their going-out-of-business party. KOVR reports.

States say it's time to rethink medical marijuanaupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 16:13:00

Medical marijuana advocates are hoping state governments can succeed where their efforts have failed by asking federal authorities to reclassify pot as a drug with medical use.

Rhode Island governor signs civil union bill into lawupdated: Sat Jul 02 2011 13:13:00

In a move largely seen as a compromise over the rights that can be afforded to gay and lesbian couples, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Saturday signed into law a bill that legalizes civil unions, making his state the fifth in the nation to allow them.

Old face ushers in new era for governorsupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 21:19:00

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown returned to his state's highest office Monday -- restoring an old political dynasty while helping to usher in a new balance of power in statehouses across the country.

Sick of Dems, GOP? There's hopeupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 12:36:00

With the election just days away, most Americans disapprove of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, while 58 percent of our fellow citizens say it's time for a third party.

Can independents seize the day?updated: Wed Apr 07 2010 09:14:00

Three credible independent candidates are running for governor this year in three New England states where registered independents outnumber Democrats and Republicans.

All teachers fired at Rhode Island schoolupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 10:12:00

A school board in Rhode Island has voted to fire all teachers at a struggling high school, a dramatic move aimed at shoring up education in a poverty-ridden school district.

Disenchanted Chafee may bail on GOPupdated: Fri Nov 10 2006 17:10:00

Two days after losing a bid for a second term, Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he was unsure whether he would remain a Republican.

Exit polls: Bush, Iraq key to outcomeupdated: Wed Nov 08 2006 07:43:00

After a sweeping Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm election, and with control of the Senate hanging in the balance, exit polls indicated views of President Bush and the war in Iraq were key to the outcome.(Watch poll results back up dissatisfaction -- 1:43)

Crowley: GOP's backing based on electabilityupdated: Wed Sep 13 2006 09:10:00

Both parties kept a close eye on the results from Tuesday's primaries, to see how the balance of power in Congress might play out in November's general election. In one of the most closely watched races, Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee turned back a tough primary challenge from a conservative contender.

Moderate, conservative wins set stage for critical midtermsupdated: Wed Sep 13 2006 07:59:00

Moderate Republican upstart Sen. Lincoln Chafee declared victory in a tough Rhode Island primary that bolstered GOP prospects for keeping control of the Senate in upcoming midterm elections.

Greenfield: A gathering anti-incumbent storm?updated: Fri Aug 25 2006 10:24:00

A governor, two House members, 17 state legislators in Pennsylvania, a U.S. senator -- maybe two.

Senate challengers keeping pace with incumbents' fundraisingupdated: Tue Jul 18 2006 15:56:00

With the mid-term congressional elections less than four months away, U.S. Senate hopefuls in key races nationwide are keeping pace with -- and sometimes outraising -- their incumbent opponents in the all-important contest for campaign cash, according to fundraising records filed recently with the Federal Election Commission.

Senators seek Powell's advice on Boltonupdated: Fri Apr 22 2005 17:15:00

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has been pulled into the battle over the nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, but just what he is saying is not publicly known.

Senator: Public needs 'cold, hard facts' on Iraqupdated: Mon Dec 06 2004 15:34:00

A moderate Republican senator who recently returned from Iraq said conditions are worse than last year and the American public needs to hear "the cold, hard facts."

A gay-marriage dance updated: Mon Jun 28 2004 11:42:00

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist plans to call a vote the week of July 12 on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

GOP's gay dilemmaupdated: Mon Mar 08 2004 15:36:00

It's been more than a week since the president weighed in on same-sex marriage, saying a constitutional amendment was necessary to "prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever."

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