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Decisions, decisions. With just days to go before the 2014 mid-term elections, voters across the country are weighing important choices affecting all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate. That’s in addition to considering 38 governorships and 50 state and territorial legislatures that are up for grabs on Election Day.
In the run-up to voting on November 4, much of the nation’s attention has naturally focused on the gubernatorial contests and, perhaps more so, the fate of Congress. Will Republicans take control of the Senate, as many pundits are predicting? That remains to be decided.
In the meantime, ongoing court battles over voter registration laws are intensifying and, for those in the legal profession in particular, attention is shifting to numerous other state and local races, including those for judicial positions.
Looming state ballot questions are also prompting headlines. A total of 136 measures have qualified across the country. “That number is 23 percent lower than it was in 2012, when there were 176 measures on state ballots,” notes State Net® Capitol Journal associate editor Korey Clark in a recent article.
In fact, there has been a downward trend in such measures in recent years. Even so, voters in many states are pondering some key issues that could, depending on the outcome on Election Day, reshape opinion elsewhere.
Leading the way are questions concerning state minimum wages, legalizing marijuana use, gambling proposals and the right to bear arms. But other contentious matters such as abortion, taxes and voting rules will also be decided.
Clark’s top story for the October 6, 2014, edition of State Net® Capitol Journal offers a concise preview of the coming ballot questions. Some highlights from the feature article include:
For the complete preview of ballot questions that will no doubt make headlines the morning after Election Day 2014, you can read Clark’s article here.
There’s more that fills each weekly edition of State Net® Capitol Journal. It’s all compiled by the expert State Net editorial staff and freely available on the State Net website or in various formats via email.
When you are pressed for time, Capitol Journal delivers an intelligent overview of current events and other important issues that matter to the legal profession.
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