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Tough Task to Challenge Mississippi’s Primary

The loser in this month’s Mississippi primary runoff for a U.S. Senate seat, state Senator Chris McDaniel (R), intends to challenge the June 2 primary runoff in Mississippi won by his opponent, Senator Thad Cochran (R).

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Category: Elections
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Do Buffer Zones Survive After McCullen?

In a unanimous opinion in McCullen v. Coakley, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a Massachusetts statute making it a crime to stand on a public road or sidewalk within 35 feet of an abortion clinic violates the First Amendment. 

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Category: Public Policy
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Workforce Update Passes House, Sent to President

On July 9, the U.S. House passed H.R. 803 (the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA) in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 415-6. On June 25, the Senate approved the measure by a 95-3 vote.

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Missouri Fields Most Primary Ballot Measures

What do farms, guns, lotteries, electronic data and sales tax all have in common? All five will appear on Missouri’s statewide primary ballots, Aug. 5, as ballot measures.

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New Study Offers Ideas on Appealing to Small Businesses

Online services marketplace Thumbtack recently published the results of their 2014 Small Business Friendliness Survey, conducted in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation.

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Security Concerns Still a Drag on Internet Voting

In spite of a decade and a half of experimenting with Internet voting, we are no closer to using it routinely than we were in the late 1990’s. The chief concern: security.

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Category: Elections
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Is the Highway Trust Fund Road Kill?

The issue at hand is the precarious state of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which is, by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s own admission, facing the possibility of dropping below the threshold of certainty for state reimbursements by August.

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Utah Welcomes Western State Fiscal Leaders

Dozens of legislators and legislative staff members gathered in Park City, Utah late last week for NCSL’s inaugural Western States Fiscal Leaders Meeting. Attendees from 14 Western states met for a day and a half to learn from policy experts and each other as they prepare to confront pressing fiscal issues in next year’s legislative sessions.

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California Takes Lead in Legalizing Bitcoin

California is the first state to enact legislation regarding digital and virtual currencies such as Amazon Coins, Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Starbuck Stars and Peercoin.

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Mississippi's Almost Open Primaries

Mississippi is among 39 states where primaries are not completely closed. So, when you live in Mississippi you can vote in whichever primary you like.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.

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