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Court: Virginia same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 ruling from the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a district court judge's ruling in February (on Valentine's Day, actually) striking down the state's prohibition on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Ted Cruz, Kirsten Gillibrand team up on Hamas

Sens. Ted Cruz and Kirsten Gillibrand united on Monday to push a resolution condemning Hamas in its war against Israel, building on their burgeoning bipartisan alliance.
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7/30/2014 — Louisiana, Texas, & South Carolina

7/29/2014 — Joaquín Castro blasts Rick Perry for border stunts

7/29/2014 — Sarita Chourey : This year, Common Core in SC schools remains

7/28/2014 — Matt Towery: If Voters Act Like Financial Markets GOP Could Have a Tough November

7/28/2014 — Hastings Wyman: Onln: Tennessee 4’s GOP primary closer than expected

7/25/2014 — Texas GOP pols sign border letter

7/24/2014 — Morris News Service: Group gathers to celebrate statewide ballot with five African-American women

7/24/2014 — Paul courts African Americans at Urban League

7/23/2014 — Walter Jones: Voters opted for major change in Perdue

7/23/2014 — What if Mitch McConnell loses?

7/22/2014 — Hastings Wyman: 2nd Quarter money numbers favor Democrats

7/22/2014 — Sarita Chourey : Costs rising at federally supported medical centers in S.C.

7/21/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: IAG Around Georgia

7/21/2014 — Mitch McConnell: No ‘throwing money’ at border

7/21/2014 — Sarita Chourey : Poll: Kingston edging ahead of Perdue

7/18/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Fox 5 Atlanta: Towery on Poll and Ken Cook’s Retirement

7/18/2014 — Sarita Chourey : With 'harm' already done, salt-marsh lawsuit dismissed

7/17/2014 — Morris News Service: Carter calls for investigation of Gov. Nathan Deal, aides

7/17/2014 — Cruz's next fight: Immigration

7/16/2014 — Sarita Chourey : S.C. seeks to attract large-scale composters
Around the South
South Carolina, North Carolina, & Florida

South Carolina: Graham blasts UN, President Obama. Appearing on CNN Sunday, US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) continued his role as one of the Senate’s chief hawks, calling the UN Human Rights Council’s stance on the war in Gaza “anti-Israel” and its report “a joke,” reported The Hill newspaper. Graham also criticized the White House’s lack of action in world crises: “Without American leadership the world disintegrates pretty quickly.”


North Carolina: Hagan leads Tillis. It’s 41% for US Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), 34% for her challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), according to a survey of voters by Public Policy Polling. Libertarian Sean Haugh had 8%, and 16% were undecided.


Florida: Medical marijuana winning big. A Quinnipiac Poll of Sunshine State voters found that 88% favor legal sales of marijuana for medicinal purposes, while only 10% oppose it, reports the Tampa Business Journal. By party affiliation, 64% of Democrats and 55% of independents favor medical marijuana, while 56% of Republicans opposed it. The numbers indicate that a referendum this November that would legalize medical marijuana is likely to pass, even though the measure needs a 60% majority.  The poll also showed a small majority favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use. 

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