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Eleven-vote Margin in Recount Gives Democrats Narrow Control of Virginia Senate

Out of over 20,000 votes cast in the Jan. 7 special election in Virginia’s 6th Senate District, just nine separated Democrat Lynwood Lewis and Republican Wayne Coleman at the end of the initial canvass. With such a tight margin, trailing candidate Coleman requested a recount. That recount, which concluded on Monday, shifted two additional votes into Lewis’ column, for a final tally of 10,203 to 10,192.

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Category: Elections
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Field Trip to Texas  to See How Elections are Run

It was a cool morning in Austin, Texas, when a group of legislators, staffers, two NCSL staffers and state officials met at the state capitol last week for a “field trip” to see how elections are run in a small Texas county.

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State Legislatures Magazine Celebrates 40 Years

State Legislatures magazine begins celebrating NCSL’s 40th year this month.

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Category: NCSL
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NCSL Putting Together MAP-21 Workgroup

Given the state impact of MAP-21 and its successor, NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure (NRI) Committee is putting together a  MAP-21 working group.

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Category: Federalism, NCSL
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Control of the Virginia Senate Hinges on Jan. 27 Recount

Virginia Democrat Jennifer Wexton comfortably won a three-way race in a special election for the Virginia Senate despite a snowstorm making it challenging for voters trying to get to the polls.  Wexton’s victory leaves the Senate with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.

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Best Practices for Debate and Decorum

Has the interim made you a bit rusty on rules of debate and decorum? Check out these eight short videos that highlight the best practices for debate and decorum. Topics include referring to officers by title, not name and respecting the independence of the legislative branch.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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A Supreme Court Term of Recurring Themes

If you follow the Supreme Court’s docket, one theme from this term is unmistakable: patent cases. The court has taken at least five patent cases (out of less than 70).  But patents don’t worry the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC). Qualified immunity and protesters do. And the court has been immersed in both of these issues too. 

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Category: Public Policy
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Voter Law Changes in 2013: A Roundup

When it came to new election laws, 2013 was both remarkable and not-so-remarkable. 

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Hawaii Celebrates 55th Annivesary of Statehood as Legislature Convenes

Hawaii celebrated its 55th anniversary of statehood by inviting hundreds of former legislators to attend Wednesday’s opening session of the Legislature.

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Category: Legislators
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Women Legislators, Leaders Stay at Status Quo

November’s election brought three new female legislators to the New Jersey Assembly—including Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, a Roller Derby-playing Republican from Marlton—but the total number of women serving in legislatures around the country has hardly changed from 2013.

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Category: Legislators
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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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