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WI: Key races bring victories for Democratic women
Wisconsin’s primary election was a triumph for women candidates, including one who will be the first female major party gubernatorial nominee in state history.
IL: Jesse White concerned Rauner trying to ‘buy’ black votes
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said he was concerned Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is trying to “buy” votes in the African-American community.
WV: Concealed weapons permits quadruple the last 5 years in W.Va.
The number of concealed weapons permits issued by the state has more than quadrupled in the past five years, to 44,981 in 2013.
CA: California to vote on scaled-down .5-billion water bond in November
After months of political haggling, a ballot measure that will ask California voters in November to approve .5 billion in borrowing for new reservoirs, water cleanup and environmental protection sailed through the Legislature.
CO: Town of Montezuma sues all of its voters over flawed election
The high-mountain town of Montezuma and its novice clerk have filed suit against every registered voter in the town, claiming that an election held last spring had numerous errors, including mismatched ballots that had to be patched together with the clerk’s sewing machine.
NC: Teacher pay raise a mixed deal
North Carolina teachers are finally getting a raise, but not necessarily under the terms they wanted.
AZ: Report: Immigration and Customs faulted for freeing detainees in 2013
An investigation into the release of more than 2,220 immigration detainees in 2013 that drew outrage from Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and other Arizona officials faults top Immigration and Customs Enforcement executives for poor planning and a lack of communication.
NV: After health care debacle, Gov. Brian Sandoval reluctantly extends Nevada’s ties with Xerox
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval approved up to .8 million in new state contracts with Xerox despite his skepticism of the tech giant and its failed project to build Nevada’s health care exchange.
AK: U.S. Senate candidate links immigration, gun rights in inflammatory campaign mailing
A provocative new mailer from Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller featuring images of tattooed, threatening-looking Hispanics ties the hot-button immigration issue to gun control by including a quote from Miller claiming if 20 million illegals vote, you can kiss the Second Amendment goodbye.
WA: Washington state would see biggest gain from Pacific pact, U.S. trade chief says
Of all the states in the Union, Washington would benefit the most from a long-sought Pacific region trade pact.
TX: Texas legislative panel urges changes to protect children
The commission that examines state government for efficiency said Child Protective Services should revamp its basic training and let experienced caseworkers again coach rookies, a program eliminated by a 2011 budget cut.
AL: Officials and lawmakers eye changes to film program to tone down state funded ‘star power’
Proof of Alabama’s burgeoning movie industry can be found in the west end of Mobile at Mudbrick Media Studios.
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