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US: State legislatures now redder than they’ve been in nearly a century
Vast swaths of the South, Midwest, Plains and Mountain regions were already Republican-dominated before the Nov. 4 vote. Now the GOP has wrested control of state Senates in Washington, Colorado, Nevada, and New York, and House or Assembly chambers in West Virginia, Nevada, New Hampshire, Minnesota and New Mexico.
WV: West Virginia Senate deadlocked; No clear way to choose a leader
For the first time in more than 100 years, the West Virginia Senate is deadlocked, with no clear direction on how 17 Democrats and 17 Republicans are to elect a Senate president.
US: Abortion-rights advocates preparing for new surge of federal and state attacks
Advocates for abortion rights are bracing for renewed assaults on abortion access in Washington as well as in state capitols after widespread Republican electoral gains.
WI: Scott Walker victory in Wisconsin opens doors for a new wave of conservative bills
Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who won a decisive re-election victory this week, is moving quickly to push for a new wave of conservative legislation, including expanding the school voucher program and requiring drug testing for food stamp and unemployment applicants.
MO: Judge rules that gay marriage ban in Missouri is unconstitutional
The St. Louis Circuit Court judge’s ruling means marriage licenses can start being issued.
NM: New Mexico college students top loan defaulters
New Mexico’s college students are defaulting on their student loans more than students in any of the other 49 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.
CA: Democrats lose supermajority in Senate, on way to losing it in Assembly
Democrats were expected to maintain their supermajority in the Assembly. But Republicans emerged victorious on Election Day in several closely watched Assembly races.
KS: Kansas Supreme Court justices survive ouster campaign
Two Kansas Supreme Court justices staved off a campaign to remove them from the bench that was endorsed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. The governor has the authority to fill vacancies on the seven-member court.
OH: Bill to kill Common Core in Ohio wins key vote
A major House committee passed a bill that would scuttle Common Core education standards and state tests related to them in Ohio, setting up a vote in the full House.
WA: Amazon to use recycled computer heat for Seattle offices
Amazon will use waste heat from a data center in a Seattle skyscraper to warm its soaring new campus across the street. Believed to be the first of its kind in the country, the project advances the city’s carbon-neutral goals and could pave the way for a large swath of Seattle to recycle energy.
TX: First lawsuit filed over Denton’s new fracking ban
Just hours after residents of the North Texas city of Denton voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, the state’s biggest petroleum group fired off its first legal challenge to the new rule. The Texas Oil and Gas Association filed a lawsuit calling the ban unconstitutional.
RI: First woman governor elected in Rhode Island basks in congratulations
On the morning after becoming the first woman elected governor of Rhode Island, Democrat Gina Raimondo shook hands, basked in congratulations and urged restraint on the rehiring of the state’s education commissioner until she takes office.
MS: Mississippi ballot petition aims to protect Confederate heritage
A Mississippi heritage group is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative that would amend the state’s constitution to protect its Confederate heritage.
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