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Two of the commission’s Republican members, Michael Ward of Anaheim and Jodie Filkins Webber of Norco, voted against the new congressional boundaries.

Final certification is due by Aug. 15, allowing time for public viewing.


Perry backs constitutional limit defining marriage

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he supports a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, though just last week he said New York’s gay marriage law is fine with him.

Mr. Perry, 61, has said social issues should be decided state by state and even remarked that New York’s passage of gay marriage law was that state’s business.

Still, he said he would support a constitutional amendment that takes away the power of the states to decide who can get married.

“Yes, sir, I would. I am for the federal marriage amendment,” he said. “And that’s about as sharp a point as I could put on it.”

But Mr. Perry told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Saturday that a presidential campaign would concentrate on jobs, not evolution or gay marriage. “The issue that is most important and most on people’s minds is jobs,” he said.

Mr. Perry also says the theory of evolution has holes in it and that a creator, not an accident, is responsible for life.

Some conservatives are urging Mr. Perry to run for the Republican nomination for president. The Texas governor tells the AP he will decide by Labor Day whether to make a bid.


Pro-Democratic outside groups raised $10M

Outside fundraising groups supporting President Obama and Democratic candidates raised a combined $10 million during the first six months of 2011, providing the first glimpse into how Democrats intend to compete with outside Republican groups planning to pour millions of dollars into next year’s elections.

Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action, independent groups founded by former Obama White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, said Friday they raised more than $5 million, while the research arm for the outside Democratic groups, American Bridge, collected $3.07 million. Political action committees supporting Democrats in the House and Senate raised more than $2 million.

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