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It's All Politics
3:47 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Virginia Result Driven by Obamacare? Shutdown? Not So Much

Democrat Terry McAuliffe speaks to supporters Tuesday in Tysons Corner, Va. McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

Virginia Tea Party Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost a closer-than-expected contest for governor Tuesday to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a weak but well-financed and well-connected candidate.

By Wednesday morning, the political world was busy debating the meaning of the outcome in Virginia, where exit polls showed that voters expressed increasing antipathy to the Tea Party, and that it was women — particularly unmarried women — who propelled McAuliffe over the finish line.

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It's All Politics
3:07 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

How Long Must Rand Paul Stay In 'Detention' For Plagiarism?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is sorry for the plagiarized material in his speeches and op-eds. And he thinks some journalists are just plain sorry.
Jose Luis Magana AP

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:16 pm

If you were a high-profile politician caught plagiarizing, would you:

  • A) Say something like "my bad," apologize profusely, promise to sin no more and quietly move on, hoping reporters would do likewise? Or ...
  • B) Acknowledge that mistakes were made, then lash out at the news media?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has been going with the second option lately.

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Around the Nation
3:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New Jersey Votes To Increase Minimum Wage

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:21 pm

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is celebrating an impressive reelection victory but he also suffered a defeat. Voters handily approved a measure to raise the state's minimum wage. That's a measure Christie had opposed.

As NPR's Jim Zarroli reports, New Jersey is the fifth state this year to raise the minimum wage.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

How An Ala. Primary Became A Referendum On The Republican Party

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:21 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block in Washington, D.C.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish in California this week.

Political junkies are poring over the results of yesterday's governors' races in New Jersey and Virginia. But they may also want to take a look further south at a special congressional primary in Alabama. There, a moderate Republican candidate beat out his Tea Party-supported rival.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Calif. Gov. Brown: A Great Power Has To Find Some Unity

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:21 pm

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Politics
3:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: A History Of State Secession

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:21 pm

On Tuesday, some Colorado counties voted to secede from the state. Their secession effort was largely symbolic — and it has been done elsewhere in the U.S. with great regularity.

Politics
3:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Senate Committee Grills Sebelius Over Health Law

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:21 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block in Washington, D.C.

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It's All Politics
2:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Election Results From Around The Public Radio Dial

Patrick Cannon, Charlotte, N.C.'s newly elected Democratic mayor, speaks to students at Queens University on Oct. 29.
Chuck Burton AP

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:23 pm

Governors, legislators and mayors were elected Tuesday across the nation. Voters also made key decisions about taxes, marijuana, genetically modified foods — and even secession.

Below is a roundup of some of Tuesday's most noteworthy election results, reported by NPR member stations:

Colorado

Colo. School Funding Measure Fails By Large Margin (CPR News)

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Wife Beats Husband In Local Maine Election

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:33 pm

The election Tuesday for Ward 1 warden in Waterville, Maine, might have had as much to say about marital politics as partisan politics.

Democrat Jennifer Johnson beat out her husband, Republican David Johnson, by a margin of 127-76 votes.

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It's All Politics
10:07 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Turnover Time: Celebrated Generation Of Mayors Leaves Office

Sadia Bies and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino stand next to her portrait of him at a July press conference. Menino, the city's longest-serving mayor, is stepping down at the end of his term.
Aynsley Floyd Invision for Gillette

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:28 pm

Many of the nation's largest cities are about to get what polls suggest Americans want in Washington: an entirely new group of leaders.

Some of the nation's longest-serving big-city mayors are leaving office, including Michael Bloomberg of New York, who has been in office for a dozen years, and Tom Menino of Boston, who has held his post for 20.

"In my view, we've had some amazing leadership at the local level," says Ralph Becker, the mayor of Salt Lake City. "That makes it a fun time to be in local government, unlike being at the state or certainly the federal level."

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News
10:04 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Disgust Or Pity For Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor?

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:47 pm

Finally today, not to kick a man when he is already down, but can we take a moment to contemplate yesterday's admission by the mayor of a major North American city that he had in fact used crack cocaine? Citizens of Toronto, welcome to my world. As a longtime resident of Washington, D.C., I have had to endure years of jokes about our former mayor, Marion Barry, now a D.C. council member, who was famously induced to light up in a hotel room by a woman with whom he had been, ahem, involved.

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Politics
10:04 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Detroit Mayor 'Asked To Save City While Holding Kryptonite'

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:10 pm

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It's All Politics
8:49 am
Wed November 6, 2013

7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, appearing with his family, waves goodbye to supporters after conceding the Virginia governor's race to Terry McAuliffe. Cuccinelli's stronger-than-expected run became the dominant story on Election Night.
Win McNamee Getty Images

In the end, they pretty much all won. The people who were expected to prevail Tuesday night wound up in the winner's circle. In New Jersey and New York, of course, and in Virginia, too, in the end. The ballot measures also went according to script.

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It's All Politics
7:54 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Wednesday Political Mix: Post-Vote Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 10:19 am

Don't you love Election Day morning-afters?

The musings. The what-it-means. The grasping what-ifs.

The exit polls.

The blame.

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NPR News Investigations
3:26 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous

A composite image shows part of the NPR/Center for Responsive Politics reporting team's whiteboard at NPR headquarters that was used to map out how Wellspring connects to other social welfare groups. (Click the enlarge button to see a full-size image.)
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 2:48 pm

Part two of our "Secret Persuasion" story reported with the Center for Responsive Politics. Read the first part here.

As tax-exempt organizations become a vehicle of choice for big political donors, one powerful appeal is the anonymity. Federal laws allow tax-exempt groups — unlike political committees — to withhold their donor lists from disclosure.

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Politics
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Christie, McAuliffe, De Blasio Win Election Day Races

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:21 am

In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie coasted to re-election as governor on Tuesday. In Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe prevailed in the governor's race, although by a smaller margin than most pre-election polls had indicated. In New York City, voters elected their first democratic mayor in 20 years, choosing Bill de Blasio in a landslide.

Politics
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Democrats, Republicans Split Election Wins In Virginia, N.J.

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:31 am

In Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the state's gubernatorial race. In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie was re-elected.

Law
1:01 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

The Supreme Court invokes "God" before every public session. Now the justices will weigh whether it is different, as a legal matter, for government meetings to include more explicitly sectarian prayers.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 8:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case questioning the use of prayer at government meetings. But first, the marshal will ask "God" to "save the United States and this honorable court."

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Politics
4:19 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Head Of Medicare, Medicaid Back On Capitol Hill For Health Law Hearing

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish in California this week.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block in Washington where it was another day of tough questions and testimony on Capitol Hill about the Affordable Care Act. Marilyn Tavenner, who has overseen the bumpy rollout of the program, testified before the Senate Health Committee. She said the Healthcare.gov website is getting better every day.

NPR's Tamara Keith is at the Capitol.

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It's All Politics
9:02 am
Tue November 5, 2013

9 Elections To Watch

Republican Gov. Chris Christie listens as Democratic challenger Barbara Buono answers a question during a debate at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Oct. 15.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:19 pm

Tuesday's elections are anything but dull. From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, there's a colorful and compelling roster of political contests. Although there isn't anything close to the drama of an Election Day in a presidential year, many of the races have national implications.

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It's All Politics
6:59 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Tuesday Political Mix: The Young Skip Obamacare, For Now

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets supporters on the eve of the election in a race that looks like a launchpad for a 2016 presidential run.
Mel Evans AP

Election Day 2013 is finally here, fellow political junkies!

Tuesday may be an off-year election, but that doesn't mean those whose job it is to explain the implications of elections won't attempt to wring every last bit of plausible and implausible meaning from it.

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Kirk's First Senate Speech Since Stroke Is For Gay Rights Bill

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speaking from the floor of the Senate on Monday.
C-SPAN.org

Before Monday evening's 61-30 vote in the Senate to move forward on legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois marked another milestone in the recovery from a stroke he suffered in January 2012.

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The Two-Way
5:23 am
Tue November 5, 2013

What Will Be The Message This Election Day?

Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 5:40 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ron Elving previews Tuesday's elections

The pundits always claim that even in an "off year" like this there are messages to be received from the results on Election Day.

So what are a couple of the likely messages we'll be hearing about Tuesday night after the results of today's voting are in?

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Tue November 5, 2013

On The Ballot Tuesday: Marijuana, Gambling, GMOs And More

A car with a giant apple on top promotes a "yes" vote on Initiative 522 in Washington state, which would require genetically modified foods to be labeled as such.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:48 am

Aside from the two high-profile governors' races, there's plenty of political action to be found on statewide ballots Tuesday.

A total of 31 ballot measures, concerning issues ranging from education to gambling to marijuana, will go before voters in six states — Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington.

That's down slightly from the average of about 42 measures in nine states in odd-numbered years, according to Ballotpedia.

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NPR News Investigations
3:20 am
Tue November 5, 2013

From Social Welfare Groups, A River Of Political Influence

The Au Sable River in Michigan is a popular place for fly fishermen and the heart of a debate unexpectedly influenced by largely invisible social welfare organizations.
Christine Arrasmith NPR

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 9:38 am

Part one of the two-part "Secret Persuasion" investigation, reported with the Center for Responsive Politics.

Bruce Pregler walks down the slope from his cabin, eases into the Au Sable River and casts his line; fishing takes his thoughts away from his downstate law practice.

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Politics
2:02 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Senate Advances Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:08 am

With a vote of 61-30, the Senate voted to move forward on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Monday's vote opens the floor to debate on the bill and the Senate is expected to schedule a full vote by week's end.

Health Care
2:02 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Insurance Firms Forced To Cancel Many Individual Policies

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:08 am

More than 12 million Americans buy health insurance on their own, and many are getting cancellation notices because their individual coverage does not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. This is causing anxiety and anger — especially since most of these people can't get onto the healthcare.gov website to figure out their options for 2014.

Politics
2:02 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Races For Governors, Mayors Highlight Election Day

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:36 am

It's Election Day for many communities across the country. Renee Montagne talks to NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, who rounds up the election prospects. Two states will choose governors, several cities will elect mayors, and in many regions, ballot initiatives will determine how communities function.

Law
12:57 am
Tue November 5, 2013

A Toxic Love Triangle Heads To The Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case that challenges the court's most famous treaty decision, written in 1920 by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 10:01 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday hears about a love triangle, complete with attempted poisonings and 24-hour surveillance by postal inspectors. Although it sounds like an episode of Law & Order (with a dash of Days of Our Lives), the case has global implications.

In 2005, Carol Anne Bond was a 34-year-old Philadelphia suburbanite living with her husband of 14 years. But when she found out that her best friend was pregnant and that her own husband was the father, she became enraged and began threatening her friend, by phone and in writing.

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It's All Politics
3:43 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Biden, A Man Of Many Words, Omits One At Va. Rally: 'Obama'

Vice President Biden is greeted by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., before speaking at a backyard rally for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Monday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Anyone waiting expectantly for Vice President Biden to name check President Obama at an election eve rally Monday went away disappointed.

Besides singing the praises of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe at the Northern Virginia event, Biden mentioned Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (favorably) and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (unfavorably). He singled out McAuliffe's Republican opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, by name. Biden even referred to his own wife and his father.

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