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Entries for November 2019

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Geo-Enabled Elections & More in the November Canvass

The new trend of using Geographic Information Systems in election offices offers one method for ensuring that each voter receives the correct ballot.

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Category: Elections
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Bringing Franking Into the 21st Century

How to regulate franking in an era when more messages arrive in your digital inbox than your physical mailbox was the focus of last week’s convening of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. 

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What’s New in NCSL Military and Veterans Affairs?

Monday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a holiday created to honor all those who have served in an American war. It began as Armistice Day in 1919, the first anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in World War I—the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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They Are All Heroes on the Honor Flights

I took two days’ vacation from NCSL last month and put on my Honor Flight guardian hat. As a guardian, I travel with the veterans and physically assist them at the airport, during the flight, at the hotel and at the memorials.

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New CDC Report: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences Could Reduce Leading Causes of Death

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are linked to 14 negative health and social outcomes in adulthood, such as depression, asthma, unemployment, and other issues, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Category: Health
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As College Football Turns 150, Lawmakers Reflect on Lessons Learned on the Gridiron

Nov. 6, 1869, was a monumental day in the history of college sports. With football season well underway, we look back at that fall afternoon when Princeton University and Rutgers University clashed in the first college football game to be played in the U.S. Today, we celebrate a pair of former college football players who have risen to leadership roles in their legislatures.

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Category: Legislators
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Voters Say 'Yes' to Majority of 2019 Ballot Measures

Voters were in an affirming mood Tuesday, approving at least 14 of 20 ballot measures across seven states. Earlier this year, Louisianans approved two out of four ballot measures, and voters in the U.S. Virgin Islands also weighed in on one measure, though it failed due to low voter turnout. Results are still rolling in, and three measures remain too close to call.

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Category: Elections
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Democrats Flip Virginia Legislature; Kentucky Democrat Claims Win in Governor’s Race

While votes are still being tallied, Virginia Democrats have picked up at least five seats in the House of Delegates and two seats in the Senate to take control of state government (Governor Ralph Northam is a Democrat) for the first time in over two decades.  

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Category: Elections
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The federal and state health insurance marketplaces have been open and ready for business since Nov. 1. Despite the pending federal appeals court decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans will shop for ACA health plans through HealthCare.gov and the state exchanges during open enrollment.

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Category: Health
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Principals and Policy Makers

NCSL gathered education committee chairs from around the country in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss a variety of pressing education topics, including the intricacies of school principals, their effects on teachers and students, and how to implement pipelines in their states.

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Category: Education
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