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    News Round-Up: November 6, 2013

    Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

    Results from the 2013 elections are analyzed after victors are announced—with wins by Christie, McAuliffe, and De Blasio capturing the headlines; talks of gay marriage being legal in Illinois emerge; and the mayor of Toronto publically admits to smoking crack. Meanwhile, excitement brews around the 2013 CMA’s and a Hunger Games star cuts off their hair (can you guess who?).

    - Sandy + Maura
    CRUCIAL

    Christie wins re-election; seen as prelude to 2016http://rtvote.com/1cEFYEh
    Last night, Republican incumbent Chris Christie won re-election in New Jersey’s governor race with the help of female and Hispanic voters, beating out Democratic Senator Barbara Buono with over 60% of the total votes. This sets Governor Christie up as a very possible Republican candidate to run for president in 2016. However, Christie has yet to reveal his plans for a presidential candidacy.

    De Blasio Is Elected New York City Mayor in Landslidehttp://rtvote.com/1cEG0fz
    Bill de Blasio won NYC’s mayoral race, defeating his opponent, Joseph J. Lhota, by a margin of 49 percentage points, with 99 percent of the votes counted. De Blasio, a supporter of very liberal change, won over many New Yorkers by acknowledging rising frustrations with income inequality, aggressive policing tactics, and lack of affordable housing. The new mayor will become the first Democrat to lead NY in a generation.

    Why Terry McAuliffe barely wonhttp://rtvote.com/19DNkV2
    In the days leading up to Election Day, public opinion polls showed that Democrat Terry McAuliffe had a very good lead on Republican Ken Cuccinelli for Virginia’s governor race. The final results pegged McAuliffe as the winner, but only by less than 3 percentage points leaving the race much closer than expected.

    Lawmakers approve gay marriage in Illinoishttp://rtvote.com/1hNol4Q
    Will Illinois be the 15th state to legalize gay marriage? It sure seems like it! Lawmakers approved a bill that extended the right to wed to same-sex couples yesterday. Governor Pat Quinn plans to sign the bill, which would go into effect on June 1, 2014.

    Toronto Mayor Admits Crack Use, as Wild Ride in Office Continueshttp://rtvote.com/1baaqkI
    Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, 44, is no stranger to public acts of drunken belligerence and other inappropriate behavior. In May, Ford denied smoking crack cocaine when questioned, but yesterday he officially admitted to using the drug. However, don’t expect him to be stepping down anytime soon. Up until this point, his right-of-center, suburban supporters have remained loyal. However, this most recent scandal may have been too much for his core constituency.

    CULTURAL

    Jennifer Lawrence Cuts Off Hair—See Pixie Cut on Hunger Games Star, http://rtvote.com/18ZxEHe

    Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour Kicks Off on Valentine’s Day 2014, http://rtvote.com/17F8UtU

    CMA Awards Ballot: Who should/will win?, http://rtvote.com/HxFMIB

    Lady Gaga to Sing In Space in 2015, http://rtvote.com/1arWPT8

    Kris Jenner Celebrates 58th Birthday with Family, Given Cake with Her Face on it, http://rtvote.com/17N1zGz

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    News Round-Up: October 1, 2013

    Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

    The U.S. government shuts down; Obamacare’s online market officially opens; and Wall Street worries about the U.S. defaulting on debt. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus’s album reviews are in, and Bruce Jenner talks about his skin cancer surgery.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    U.S. Government Shuts Down in Budget Impassehttp://rtvote.com/18oN0aU After Congress failed to compromise on a new budget Monday night, the U.S. government has shut down. Federal workers will be furloughed or forced to work without pay. National parks and monuments have also been closed for the time being. The Senate rejected the House’s proposal to begin conference committee negotiations, and Congress’s next steps remain uncertain.

    White House shows off Web site to buy health insurance under Obamacarehttp://rtvote.com/18oSXF1 As of today, Americans are able to buy coverage under the Affordable Care Act on the federal website,www.Healthcare.gov. Those looking to purchase health insurance can log on and see if they qualify for government assistance; search and compare plans by price and coverage level; view each plan’s network doctors; and purchase directly from the insurance company. The plans will take effect January 1, when every American is required to have health insurance or be fined.

    Wall Street Firm Despite U.S. Shutdownhttp://rtvote.com/1fFX4CR Despite the government shutdown, Wall Street carried on calmly and opened its stocks slightly higher today. However, investors and analysts are concerned that the government shutdown will lead to the U.S. defaulting on its debt when it reaches its borrowing limit in about two weeks. If the Treasury Department does not get authorization from Congress on October 17, it will no longer be able to issue new bonds.

    Senate Cancels First Hearing on Navy Yard Shootinghttp://rtvote.com/18p5RTl Because of the government shutdown, the first Congressional hearing related to the Washington Navy Yard shooting on September 16 has been postponed indefinitely. During the hearing, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs was supposed to evaluate how the government grants clearance and conducts background checks.

    PUNDITS 

    The New York Times’ Editorial Board discusses the unfair difficulties voter ID laws impose on eligible voters in “The Dishonesty of Voter ID Laws”, http://rtvote.com/1eX6dpz

    Daniel Alpert talks about the economic policy mistakes the U.S. has made in “The Rut We Can’t Get Out Of”,http://rtvote.com/1dUid8i

    CULTURAL

    Miley Cyrus’ First Bangerz Reviews Are In… And They’re Not Great, http://rtvote.com/1dUoalz

    Bruce Jenner on Skin Cancer Scare, http://rtvote.com/1fGhJH6

    Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes Confirm their Coupledom, http://rtvote.com/1dUqhWt

    Whitney Houston’s Death: Detective Accused of Inappropriate Treatment of Singer’s Corpse,http://rtvote.com/1fGiUGr

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    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com