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Aug 19, 2011

Indiana politicians are trying to determine what impact a new state law will have on elections.

Election reform was signed into law last spring and went into effect on July 1, but the Indiana Courier-Journal reports some candidates are only learning about its provisions now. Of particular concern: a stipulation that removes the names of all candidates who are running in uncontested races from ballots.

State Rep. Kathy Richardson, a Republican from Noblesville, told the Courier-Journal the change will make elections more efficient and save the state money.

Aug 5, 2011

Cuba’s supreme court has upheld the 15-year prison sentence of 62-year-old U.S. citizen Alan Gross, who was convicted in 2009 on charges of setting up unlicensed internet connections, undermining the Cuban government.

Gross was arrested while working for Development Alternatives, a U.S. government contractor tasked with promoting democracy in Cuba, according to The Washington Post. Cuban authorities found Gross guilty of illegally distributing satellite equipment in an effort to establish internet connections. He did lack necessary permits, The Post reports.

Aug 4, 2011

Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat from of Illinois, recently proposed legislation that seeks to establish federal guidelines for the collection of sales tax by online retailers.

Under current law, online retailers like Amazon do not have to collect sales tax from customers at the time of purchase.

Aug 3, 2011

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has handed a setback to Fair Elections Ohio, a group working to overturn recent changes to the state's election laws.

The election overhaul law, signed on July 1 by John Kasich, Ohio's Republican governor, shortens the state's early voting period and prohibits in-person early voting on Sundays and the weekend before Election Day, among other provisions.

Arguing these measures will suppress voter turnout and create inefficiencies in the electoral process, Fair Elections Ohio began the process for overturning the law in a 2012 refer

Jul 29, 2011

The Entertainment Software Association recently announced it has filed a motion with the U.S.