Politics

3:46am

Thu October 30, 2014
Around the Nation

Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:25 pm

A cow walks near oil pump jacks in Santa Maria, Calif. Oil production has long been a part of Santa Barbara County, but a new ballot measure could effectively shut down all new drilling operations there.
Jae C. Hong AP

Think of California's Santa Barbara County and you might picture the area's famous beaches or resorts and wineries. But in the northern reaches of the vast county, oil production has been a major contributor to the economy for almost a century.

So it's no surprise that the oil industry there is feverishly organizing to fight a local ballot initiative — Measure P — that would ban controversial drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. What is turning heads, however, is the sheer volume of money flooding into this local race, mainly from large oil companies.

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9:25pm

Wed October 29, 2014
World

Dozens Of Countries Take In More Immigrants Per Capita Than The U.S.

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:05 pm

U.S. Border Patrol agent Richard Funke looks for footprints from illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border near Nogales, Ariz., in 2010.
John Moore Getty Images

If you think the United States is every immigrant's dream, reconsider. Sure, in absolute numbers, the U.S. is home to the most foreign-born people — 45.7 million in 2013.

But relatively, it's upper-midpack as an immigrant nation. It ranks 65th worldwide in terms of percentage of population that is foreign-born, according to the U.N. report "Trends in International Migrant Stock."

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4:39pm

Wed October 29, 2014
It's All Politics

What Can $3.7 Billion Buy? How About 2,969,370 Campaign Ads

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 7:25 pm

Spending on next week's elections is approaching $4 billion, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Center for Responsive Politics

Two new reports find that the House and Senate elections will cost about $3.7 billion — up just slightly from the past two election cycles — with outside groups buying their largest share yet of the television advertising.

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3:30pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Politics

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper's 'Independent Sheen' Has Faded

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 5:16 pm

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3:30pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Politics

Stagnant Wages Could Drive Voters At The Polls Next Week

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 5:16 pm

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