Governor to Dress as Indy Pit Crew Member for Halloween

30 10 2007

Governor Mitch Daniels plans to dress as an Indy Racing League pit crew member as he hands out goodies to trick-or-treaters at the Governor’s Residence on Halloween.The Governor and first lady Cheri Daniels plan to hand out candy donated by four Indiana companies as well as toys from their official residence on North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. There will also be an IRL race car on display.

In previous years, the Governor has dressed as a pirate and the Cowardly Lion for Halloween.

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First lady won in Argentina vote

29 10 2007

First lady Cristina Fernandez claimed victory in Argentina’s presidential election Sunday, with early results and exit polls suggesting she had avoided a runoff and become the first woman elected to the post.

Fernandez’s husband, President Nestor Kirchner, is credited with Argentina’s rebound from a 2001 economic collapse, and much of her support is due to his popularity.

She has been compared to U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who like her is a lawyer and senator who soldiered alongside a husband as he rose from small-state governor to his nation’s presidency.

“We have won amply,” she proclaimed, Kirchner standing at her side. “But this, far from putting us in a position of privilege, puts us instead in a position of greater responsibilities and obligations.”

Supporters jumped up and down and embraced one another.

“I’m so excited,” screamed Maria Isabel Francia, a 50-year-old street merchant. “Cristina is going to pull us out of poverty!”

Rivals not conceding
Her challengers were trying to force her into a Nov. 25 runoff. She needed 40 percent of the vote, with a lead of more than 10 percent over her nearest rival, to win outright.

Of the first 10 percent of polling places reporting, Fernandez had 42 percent of the vote, compared with 21 percent for former Economy Minister Roberto Lavagna and 18 percent for Elisa Carrio. Eleven others split the rest.

Six independent television networks, a private radio station and an opposition newspaper reported their exit polling indicated Fernandez has easily won a first-round victory. Five of the news organizations released their numbers, giving Fernandez between 42 and 46 percent of the vote, with advantages of 19 to 23 percentage points over Carrio.

But no opposition candidates conceded defeat, and Carrio spokesman Matias Mendez said seven parties had filed a complaint alleging that ballots were missing or stolen in Buenos Aires province, the country’s most populous.

Electoral officials denied any irregularities, but a judge extended voting by an hour in the capital after many of Argentina’s 12,700 polling stations opened late. A representative of the ruling party was arrested on suspicion of trying to vote twice.