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TOP NEWS  Nov. 5, 2014

GOP makes big gains in state legislative elections
Reuters
The Republican wave that hit the U.S. Congress in Tuesday's mid-term election also boosted the party in state legislative races where it gained control of at least three chambers. NCSL's Morgan Cullen quoted.
NCSL's elections coverage.


Voters give nod to marijuana in Alaska, Oregon, D.C.
Reuters
Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted to legalize marijuana on Tuesday, in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.


Minimum wages get a hike in midterm voting
Time
Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota chose to increase their states’ minimum wages Tuesday, while voters in San Francisco opted to start paying workers a nation-high of $15 per hour.
NCSL's minimum wage chart.

Washington state voters approve strict gun background checks
Seattle Times
Voters on Tuesday approved expanding background checks on gun sales and transfers in Washington state, a measure supporters said would help keep guns out of dangerous hands and make it easier for police to track weapons used in crimes.

Maine voters reject ban on bear-baiting
Bangor Daily News
Maine voters have rejected a ban on bear baiting, trapping and hounding for the second time in 10 years.

Ebola efforts strap taxed public health agencies
Stateline
Dwindling resources may make it difficult for public health departments across the country to carry out intensive airport screenings, patient monitoring, public education and other preparations for a potential Ebola outbreak in the U.S.

 
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GOP wave capsizes Democrats
The Republican wave that swept over the states left Democrats at their weakest point in state legislatures since the 1920s.
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