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TOP NEWS  Nov. 4, 2014

Early voting: At least 16.4 million ballots already cast
USA TODAY
At least 16.4 million ballots have already been cast in person or by mail in 31 states as of Sunday, according to the Associated Press. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on early voting.


The can't miss 2014 downballot state races
Governing
Though overshadowed by the gubernatorial and state legislative races, the contests for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and state school superintendent can be high-stakes battles.


Ballot initiatives test mood of voters
Christian Science Monitor
For most voters this week, the “main course” is the choice of a governor or a member of Congress. But tantalizing side dishes are on the menu in many states, as ballot initiatives give citizens a direct say on issues ranging from food labels to a constitutional right to hunt.

As renewables grow, states rethink net-metering policies
Governing
Solar energy is one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. But that’s not good news for some utilities, which have begun asking states for help. NCSL's Jocelyn Durkay quoted.
NCSL research on net metering.


Lawmaker seeks authority for state to discipline assessors
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The proposal is one of several ideas aimed at improving the quality and fairness of property assessments in communities across the state.

California cramped chicken cage law ruffles feathers in states
Stateline
In a case that could affect farmers and consumers nationwide, six states are back in federal court to challenge a California ban on the sale of eggs from hens kept in cramped cages.
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