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Subject: Aug. 11: Midterms give parties chance for sweeping control of states
Date: Mon Aug 11 14:53:36 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  Aug. 11, 2014

Midterms give parties chance for sweeping control of states
The New York Times
Republicans, who had appeared to hit a high-water mark in control of statehouses in recent years, are seeking to pick off another half-dozen chambers this year, taking advantage of President Obama’s persistent unpopularity, anxiety about the economy, and a history of anemic turnout among Democrats in nonpresidential election years. NCSL's Tim Storey quoted.

Hawaii Senator David Ige unseats incumbent governor in primary
Associated Press
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie was unseated in a stunning primary-election defeat Saturday after a fellow Democrat, state Sen. David Ige, easily coasted to victory on his promise to bring a less combative leadership style in a race that divided Democrats.

Uninsured still rely on faith-based clinics despite ACA
Nashville Tennessean
Many Christian nonprofits have had to make major transitions because of a sputtering economy and changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. That journey has been hampered by public misconceptions that the services they provide aren't needed since the passage of the federal health law.

California Assembly OKs smartphone 'kill switch' bill
Contra Costa Times
Pushing aggressively ahead of other states, California on Thursday moved closer to requiring that all new smartphones come equipped with a "kill switch" that renders the device useless if stolen or lost.

Court rulings add urgency to state exchange decisions
Associated Press
Last month’s federal appeals court ruling that said language in the Affordable Care Act allows only state-run exchanges to give consumers tax credits to help pay for policy premiums is spurring several states to solidify their state-based credentials.  NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on state actions to address health insurance exchanges.

Common law couples and Social Security
The Wall Street Journal
With all the questions about how the Social Security Administration deals with same-sex marriages and civil unions, it was inevitable that one would surface about common-law marriages. NCSL research cited.
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