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Marriage for Gays on Agenda in New York
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/5/09
ALBANY Gov. David A. Paterson said Thursday that he would include gay marriage on the agenda of an extraordinary session he is calling for Tuesday, potentially setting up the first vote on the issue in the State Senate and a dramatic floor debate.

Senate Democratic leaders could still block the issue from coming to the floor and have done so before, though it appears more likely to be put to a vote this time. Gay rights advocates, who feared holding a vote amid a Senate leadership feud this


Election Remakes City Council, and May Give It More Bite, Too
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/5/09
A quarter of its members will be new. Four members will be openly gay, the most ever. The Republican minority, though still tiny, will grow to five from three. For the first time, a majority will be black, Hispanic or Asian. Also for the first time, an Asian-American will represent Chinatown.

The slim margin by which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was re-elected was the biggest surprise on Tuesday night. But in curb-level races in far corners of the city, changes took place that amounted to a rem


G.O.P. Wins Two Key Governors? Races; Bloomberg Prevails in a Close Contest
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/4/09
Mr. Deeds sought to portray Mr. McDonnell as a radical conservative by publicizing his 20-year-old master's thesis, which criticized working women and single mothers. But polls showed voters found Mr. Deeds's commercials too negative.
The New York race emerged in the national spotlight after President Obama appointed the district's long-serving congressman, John M. McHugh, a Republican, as secretary of the Army. Almost immediately after local Republican leaders chose Dede Scozzafava, a supporte


A Setback in Maine for Gay Marriage, but Medical Marijuana Law Expands
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/4/09
In a stinging setback for the national gay-rights movement, Maine voters narrowly decided to repeal the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage.
With 87 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday morning, 53 percent of voters had approved the repeal, ending an expensive and emotional fight that was closely watched around the country as a referendum on the gay-marriage movement. Polls had suggested a much closer race.


Gay Rights Rebuke May Change Approach
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/4/09
They had far more money and volunteers, and geography was on their side, given that New England has been more accepting of same-sex marriage than any other region of the country. Yet gay rights supporters suffered a crushing loss when voters decided to repeal Maine's new law allowing gay men and lesbians to wed, setting back a movement that had made remarkable progress nationally this year.
Maine, with its libertarian leanings, had seemed to offer an excellent chance of reversing the national t


Christie Unseats Corzine in New Jersey; Conservative Concedes New York Race
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/4/09
Christopher J. Christie, a Republican former United States attorney who said he would vanquish corruption from the halls of New Jersey government, won the New Jersey governor's race on Tuesday, defeating the incumbent, Gov. Jon S. Corzine, and striking a blow against the Democratic party on a national stage.

Mr. Christie, who accused Mr. Corzine of leading the state into economic turmoil, edged out Mr. Corzine by about four percentage points.


Democrat Wins a Narrow Victory in Closely Watched House Race Upstate
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/4/09
Democrats won a special election in New York State's northernmost Congressional district Tuesday, a setback for national conservatives who heavily promoted a third candidate in what became an intense debate over the direction of the Republican Party.

The Democratic candidate, Bill Owens, led with 49 percent of the vote, while the Conservative Party candidate, Douglas L. Hoffman, had 46 percent.

Just before 12:30 a.m. Mr. Owens stepped up to a lectern at an American Legion Hall in Plattsbu


Advertise on NYTimes.com Republican, Pushed Out, Backs Democratic Rival
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/2/09
An intensely watched Congressional race here that has become a battleground over the future of the Republican Party took another surprising turn on Sunday, when the Republican candidate -- who ended her campaign a day earlier -- announced that she was endorsing the Democrat.

The endorsement only intensified the intra-party fighting that has characterized the bitter contest, as Republicans denounced their former nominee, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, calling her a turncoat who was a member o


SPORTS BRIEFING | FOOTBALL; Johnson's Suspension Shortened
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/1/09
The agent for Kansas City running back Larry Johnson said the Chiefs had agreed to cut Johnson's two-week suspension in half. Johnson was suspended for two weeks, until Nov. 9, after twice using a gay slur and using his Twitter account to question Coach Todd Haley's qualifications.

The Chiefs have a bye this week, and Johnson was to miss only one game, at Jacksonville on Nov. 8. His agent, Peter Schaffer, said the agreement would save Johnson about $330,000. The Chiefs have consistently had


G.O.P. CANDIDATE, PRESSED BY RIGHT, ENDS UPSTATE BID
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/1/09
A moderate Republican whose candidacy for an upstate New York Congressional seat had set off a storm of national conservative opposition, abruptly withdrew on Saturday, emboldening the right at a time when the Republican Party is enmeshed in a debate over how to rebuild itself.

The candidate, Dede Scozzafava, said she was suspending her campaign in the face of collapsing support and evidence that she was heading for a loss in a three-way race on Tuesday involving Douglas L. Hoffman, running