News Clips Nov. 4, 2009

Lawrence elects state’s first Latino mayor

Voters in Lawrence today elected the state’s first Latino mayor, voters in Newton elected that city’s first African-American mayor, and voters in North Adams, Woburn and Brockton ousted incumbent mayors in a day of surprising shakeups.

Historic wins for black, Latino and female mayors

Minority candidates made history in Massachusetts mayoral elections Tuesday, while it was a mixed result for many long-term incumbents.

In Lawrence, state Rep. William Lantigua became the first Latino to be elected mayor in state history, defeating city councilor David Abdoo. Incumbent Mayor Michael Sullivan was barred from running again due to term limits.

Health Care Debate Focuses on Legal Immigrants

The debate over health care for illegal immigrants continues to percolate in Congress despite the Obama administration’s efforts to put it to rest, with lawmakers in both houses also wrangling over how much coverage to provide for immigrants who have settled in the country legally.

Months into Obama’s presidency, promise of ‘change’ is a slow go

Washington (CNN) — On that unusually balmy Chicago night a year ago, the candidate who campaigned on what he called the “fierce urgency of now” became the president-elect who needed time.

“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term,” Barack Obama told the crowd in Grant Park. And he still needs time to turn a myriad of campaign promises into policy.

Hispanics urged to make census count

Cities plan outreach to allay fears of government probing that could limit federal dollars
Census Day is still five months away, but communities throughout the Chicago area, hoping for a larger share of federal dollars tied to the decennial population survey, are scrambling to get minorities, low-income residents and other traditionally reluctant groups to stand up and be counted.,0,5031678.story

G.O.P. Counters With a Health Plan of Its Own

WASHINGTON — House Republicans have come up with an answer to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, drafting an alternative health care bill that would reward states for reducing the number of uninsured, limit damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and allow small businesses to band together and buy insurance exempt from most state regulation.

CNN Poll: More Americans are saying that things are going well

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The number of Americans who think things are going well in the country today is at its highest level in two years, according to a new national poll.

Thirty-seven percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday night say that things are going very well or fairly well in the country. That’s the highest number since November 2007, just before the official beginning of the current recession. It also represents a 7-point gain since August and a 12-point gain since October of last year.


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