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State Senate a lock for GOP, but House up in air

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Voters can begin casting early ballots Monday in Arkansas' midterm election and while the top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate and governor's races have dominated the airwaves, a handful of legislative races could determine whether more than 200,000 people keep their health insurance under the state's Medicaid expansion.

Dayton, Johnson differ over budget surplus policy

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson confronted one another Sunday over claims being made in their race during a debate that showcased differences on Minnesota budget and gun policy.

Indian schools face decayed buildings, poverty

| |Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation's lowest performing.

Martinez, King square off in final debate

|Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic hopeful Attorney General Gary King stuck to their talking points Sunday evening, offering no surprises about where they stood on the key issues facing New Mexico while they traded jabs during their final televised debate.

Voters head to polls early in Wisconsin

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Wisconsin residents can start heading to their local clerks' offices this week to cast early ballots for the Nov. 4 election.

Snyder, Schauer spar over fairness of tax rewrite

| |Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Democrat Mark Schauer is centering his populist message against Republican Gov. Rick Snyder around a 3-year-old tax overhaul that lowered the burden on business but raised it on individuals.

GOP expected to hold Oklahoma legislative majority

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

With Republicans holding huge majorities in the Oklahoma House and Senate, Democrats are content to target what they say are vulnerable GOP-controlled seats in the Nov. 4 general election.

Court allows Texas to require photo IDs for voting

| |Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

A divided Supreme Court early Saturday morning let a new Texas voter ID law take effect, the latest ruling in a series of decisions on voting laws in the states just weeks before midterm elections.

Missouri ballot proposal would shift budget powers

| |Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

When balancing the budget, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has some of the most expansive powers among his peers. He can reduce spending for anything he chooses, and has done so repeatedly.

Foust-Comstock House race closely watched in Va.

| |Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Yes, it's an open seat in a swing district. But a big reason the race for Virginia's 10th Congressional District is drawing attention beyond its borders is a candidate with a lightning-rod past who has a special knack for getting under Democrats' skin and has been labeled a "professional Clinton hater."