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Why Bother With Caucuses?

Contests in Iowa and Nevada have been plagued by embarrassing snafus. As Minnesota and Colorado head to their caucuses Tuesday, we look at why some states still bother with this primitive but uniquely American way of picking a president.
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Ehrlich Campaign Consultant Goes To Court On Robocalls

Former Maryland political operative Julius Henson is defending himself against charges of voter fraud in the state's 2010 gubernatorial elections.

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GOP Rivals Campaign In Minnesota Ahead Of Caucuses

Minnesota holds non-binding GOP caucuses Tuesday. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul all campaigned in the state Monday. Each of front-runner Mitt Romney's rivals is looking at the state as a place where they can regain their footing.
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Romney Ramps Up Efforts To Attract Social Conservatives

At a rally in Centennial, Colo., GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney rolled out some new material: the rights given to people by God.
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In Battleground Colorado, Independents On The Rise

A centrist think tank finds that in several key states, both parties are losing voters relative to the number of newly declared independents. In Colorado, which holds its Republican caucuses Tuesday, declared independents are now about even with registered Republicans or registered Democrats.
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Fight For GOP Soul, SuperPACs Spur Negative Political Ad Explosion

While the barrage of negative ads is likely to be bad during the general election, the Republican primaries have seen a confluence of factors that have made for particularly fertile ground for negative ads: the introduction of superPACs collided with a war for control of the GOP between conservatives and hard conservatives.
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Virginia To Repeal Limit On Handgun Purchases

Most Virginia residents are restricted to one handgun purchase per month -- something that lawmakers are moving to change with the repeal of a 1993 law.

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