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CA: California will cancel Obamacare coverage for 10,000
California’s health insurance exchange is canceling coverage for 10,474 people who failed to prove their citizenship or legal residency in the U.S. after they signed up under the Affordable Care Act.
PA: Pennsylvania lawmakers involved in shoot out with robbers near Capitol
Two Pennsylvania lawmakers exchanged gunfire with several suspects who were trying to rob them after they attended an evening fundraiser. Neither lawmaker was injured, and three men were arrested in connection with the incident.
TX: Texas voter ID law reinstated by federal appeals court
Despite a lower judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court has reinstated a Texas voter ID law that the U.S. Justice Department describes as the state’s latest tool to suppress minorities in elections.
WY: Legislators join wild horse conversation
Lawmakers said Wyoming residents who worry about wild horses’ effect on other species and the ranching industry are losing out to the more vocal wild horse advocates who oppose removing horses from the range.
LA: Government workers down 30,000 over 6 years
As Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal prepared for his 2008 inauguration, state government workers numbered about 93,500. Today, that workforce hovers at 62,000 employees—fewer than it’s been in more than two decades—and spending on payroll has decreased by about billion annually.
US: Gay marriage confusion: Where is it legal now? What states are next?
Rulings by the Supreme and Ninth Circuit Courts last week vastly expanded gay marriage. Some states have adopted it, some are fighting and some are in areas not directly addressed by the rulings. Here’s a primer.
UT: Utah lax in overseeing million in incentives to companies
The state auditor said economic development officials have been lax in ensuring that recipients of tax incentives live up to pledges to enhance Utah’s standard of living by creating high-paying jobs.
OR: Oregon’s recovery flat lines in September
Employment stalled last month as food manufacturers and health care and financial firms cut back.
AR: Attorney general wants minimum wage measure on ballot
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a friend-of-the-court brief opposing a lawsuit that seeks to remove from next month’s ballot a proposal to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to .50.
WI: Governor floats replacing gas tax to fix transportation shortfall
Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he is considering replacing the state’s gas tax with a sales tax to stabilize transportation funding.
TN: Secretary of state puts his name on “I Voted” stickers
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said that putting his name on “I Voted” stickers is a matter of accountability, and he “never thought that somebody would see it as political.”
NM: New Mexico teacher evaluation system brings data challenges
Superintendents say the new method requires new data collection methods that aren’t yet clear.
FL: Parents want part in school voucher lawsuit
Parents using school vouchers to send their children to private schools said they want to intervene in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the taxpayer-funded program.
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