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September 21, 2008

Obama voters could influence Proposition 8

The New York Times reported Saturday that many black Barack Obama supporters that come to vote for him in November may also vote for Proposition 8 to be passed, which would ban same-sex marriages.
The newspaper reported that in general black people do not tend to support same-sex marriages, so many of Obama's black and other minority voters may come to the polls to vote for him, and while they are there may cast a vote for Proposition 8.
This is despite that fact that Obama does not support the ban.
Yahoo News reported that neither John McCain or Barack Obama want to feul a gay-marriage debate, but McCain supports the proposition.
Many opponents of the ban plan to fight the proposition by fund raising to reach out to undecided voters, and to try to show the black community that it would be hurting itself to pass this law.
They plan to have gay, black spokesmen to speak to the black communities about this idea.
But the supporters of Proposition 8 are also doing their part to make sure it gets passed.
They are also fund raising and trying to reach out to the religious and conservative groups to gain increasing support for the proposition.
They also believe that the nomination of Sarah Palin for Vice President will help them because she will be able to gain the support of many religious and conservative groups.

September 13, 2008

Hurricane Ike Causes Residents to Evacuate

The New York Times reported on Thursday that thousands of residents of the Texas Coast evacuated their homes in preparation for Hurricane Ike.
According to a local bulletin by the National Weather Service, anyone who does not evacuate will "face certain death."
Some people still chose to stay in their homes despite this warning.
The storm is expected to cause floods of up to 22 feet above seawater and is predicted to be a category three storm, with winds over 100 miles per hour.
Many people in Houston and Galveston boarded up their houses and evacuated their homes.
Traffic was backed-up and some gas stations ran out of fuel due to the amount of evacuees. Officials hope that this will not be as big of a problem as it was three years ago during Hurricane Rita.
The Governor of Texas said, "“I cannot overemphasize the danger that is facing us."
The Federal Government is sending aid to the area in the form of food, water, and other supplies.They also sent rescue teams.
The Star Tribune reported that storm surge from Hurricane Ike will be very large because coastal waters of Texas are very shallow, and that the storm will span a very wide distance.