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  CRIMINAL JUSTICE Bucking Trends, Death Penalty Wins Voters' Support in 3 States Americans' support for capital punishment has been waning, but you wouldn't know that by looking at Tuesday's election results.States: California, Nebraska, Oklahoma   Can't Afford Bail? In One State, That Doesn't Matter Anymore New Mexico voters may have energized a national movement to reform the criminal justice policies that keep lower-income Americans locked up.States: New Mexico   Despite Overwhelming Legal Opposition, Voters Give Crime Victims Their Own Bill of Rights Voters in three states approved "Marsy's Law," which ensures victims and their families are informed of developments in a criminal case.States: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota   Marijuana Legalized for Fun in 4 More States and Medicine in 4 Others Only one state's voters rejected easing access to the drugs.States: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota   Voters Across the Country Get Tough on Guns As Congress and legislatures stall on the issue, voters are doing what they can to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people.States: California, Maine, Nevada, Washington State     How Old Is Too Old to Be a Judge? Voters in 4 States Got to Decide. Voters generally agreed to raise the age limits -- but not do away with them altogether.States: Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Pennsylvania

EDUCATION Voters Give Georgia's Plan to Take Over Failing Schools an "F" As other states launch similar plans to improve education, Georgia is back to the drawing board.States: Georgia   Pleas for More Education Funding Fall Short on Election Day Voters in two states rejected measures that would have raised taxes -- either for consumers or corporations.States: Oklahoma, Oregon     Bilingual Education Will Make a Comeback in California The state, which has more English-language learners than any other, restricted bilingual education in the '90s. Voters are bringing it back.States: California

ENERGY & TRANSPORTATION Washington State Rejects What Would Have Been the Nation's First Carbon Tax The ballot measure, which was meant to curb pollution, had even divided environmentalists.States: Washington State   In Cash-Strapped States, Voters Protect Transportation Funds Illinois and New Jersey are joining the growing number of states that restrict how transportation money can be spent.States: Illinois, New Jersey   Nevadans Vote to Dismantle the State's Electric Monopoly The ballot measure to make the state’s electric utility compete for business was backed by a group of heavy hitters in Nevada politics.States: Nevada     Solar Measure Fails in the Sunshine State Voters rejected a controversial measure that pit environmentalists versus electric utilities.States: Florida

FINANCE Missouri Passes Nation's First Ban on Services Sales Taxes As states increasingly look to tax services, Missouri voters decided to keep that from ever happening. How that will impact consumers is unclear.States: Missouri   Facing 652% Interest Rates, South Dakota Voters Regulate Payday Lending They joined the growing number of states that regulate the industry that critics say traps poor people in a cycle of debt.States: South Dakota   Arkansas, California Voters Approve Spending on Mega Projects In an anti-debt climate, voters in the two states cleared the way for spending on major economic development projects.States: Arkansas, California   Pleas for More Education Funding Fall Short on Election Day Voters in two states rejected measures that would have raised taxes -- either for consumers or corporations.States: Oklahoma, Oregon   Voters Just Say No to Higher Cigarette Taxes in All But 1 State Californians were the only to agree to raise the price of tobacco. Will it impact smoking rates?States: California, Colorado, Missouri, North Dakota   Drug Companies Score a Big Election Victory The industry spent millions of dollars to keep voters in California from passing a first-in-nation law that was meant to cut the soaring cost of prescription drugs.States: California   Voters in 4 States Limit Money's Role in U.S. Politics They took steps to repeal the Citizens United ruling, limit campaign contribution limits and create publicly financed elections.States: California, Missouri, South Dakota, Washington State   New Jersey Voters Refuse to Build Casinos Outside Atlantic City With Atlantic City in financial crisis because of casino closures, the state's voters aren't willing to take any more gambles.States: New Jersey   Washington State Rejects What Would Have Been Nation's First Carbon Tax The ballot measure, which was meant to curb pollution, had even divided environmentalists.States: Washington State     In Cash-Strapped States, Voters Protect Transportation Funds Illinois and New Jersey are joining the growing number of states that restrict how transportation money can be spent.States: Illinois, New Jersey

GUNS Voters Across the Country Get Tough on Guns As Congress and legislatures stall on the issue, voters are doing what they can to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people.States: California, Maine, Nevada, Washington State     Indiana and Kansas Make Fishing and Hunting a Constitutional Right More than 80 percent of voters approved amendments on the ballot in both states.States: Indiana, Kansas

HEALTH Single-Payer Health Care Takes a Big Hit at the Ballot Despite Bernie Sanders' campaigning, Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected plans to make their state the first in America to create a universal health-care system.States: Colorado   Drug Companies Score a Big Election Victory The industry spent millions of dollars to keep voters in California from passing a first-in-nation law that was meant to cut the soaring cost of prescription drugs.States: California   Marijuana Legalized for Fun in 4 More States and Medicine in 4 Others Only one state's voters rejected easing access to the drug.States: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota   Colorado Strengthens Physician-Assisted Suicide Movement The right to die has been slow to gain momentum, especially among voters. In Colorado, they defied the odds.States: Colorado   Voters Just Say No to Higher Cigarette Taxes in All But 1 State Californians were the only to agree to raise the price of tobacco. Will it impact smoking rates?States: California, Colorado, Missouri, North Dakota     Condoms-in-Porn Rule Dies at the Ballot Box It's a win for the porn industry and the state of California, which stood to lose millions of dollars if the measure passed.States: California

LABOR 4 States Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage, 1 Votes to Keep It As Is South Dakota's ballot measure, which failed, would have actually reduced the minimum wage for some.States: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, South Dakota, Washington   Unions See Spotty Right-to-Work Results in Alabama, Virginia Business leaders and Republican legislators want to make laws that limit the power of labor unions permanent. In one state, they just did.States: Alabama, Virginia     Election Brings Change to How Minnesota Lawmakers Are Paid  Like most state legislators in America, Minnesota's were in charge of their own pay -- and yet, they haven't had a raise in 20 years.States: Minnesota

MARIJUANA   Marijuana Legalized for Fun in 4 More States and Medicine in 4 Others Only one state's voters rejected easing access to the drug.States: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota

VOTING & POLITICS Maine Becomes First State to Adopt a New Way of Voting Unhappy with the results of their past elections, Mainers have opted for ranked-choice voting. It could lead to more civilized politics but lower voter turnout.States: Maine   D.C. Inches Closer to Becoming the 51st State The plan to achieve statehood easily won voters' support. But will it win the support of Congress?States: District of Columbia   Voters in 4 States Limit Money's Role in U.S. Politics They took steps to repeal the Citizens United ruling, limit campaign contribution limits and create publicly financed elections.States: California, Missouri, South Dakota, Washington State   With Independents on the Rise, Colorado Changes Its Election Rules Voters in the state approved ballot measures that would, among other things, let unaffiliated voters participate in primaries.States: Colorado   Automatic Voter Registration Is Spreading. How Will It Impact Turnout in Future Elections? Alaska is the latest state to adopt a system in which residents will be automatically registered to vote.States: Alaska   Election Brings Change to How Minnesots Lawmakers Are Paid  Like most state legislators in America, Minnesota's were in charge of their own pay -- and yet, they haven't had a raise in 20 years.States: Minnesota   Amid Governor's Scandal, Alabamians Clarify Impeachment Rules A constitutional tweak became embroiled in talk of impeachment, misuse of funds and an alleged affair by Gov. Robert Bentley.States: Alabama   Voters Make Missouri a Voter ID State GOP lawmakers in the state have been trying to pass a voter ID law for a decade. They finally got their way.States: Missouri