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Washington food labeling
Washington residents will vote on an initiative that would force food manufacturers to label products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), a move that would make it the first state to do so. A similar ballot initiative in California in 2012 narrowly failed. The Washington campaign leading up to Tuesday’s ballot measure has been one of the most expensive in Washington’s history, with at least $27 million, mostly in outside money, streaming into the state. A heated battled has pitted consumer-choice and food sustainability advocates against agricultural and industrial food giants.
Colorado marijuana tax
In Colorado, people will take up another vote on marijuana policy a year after becoming one of the first two states to legalize the drug. Tuesday’s initiative centers around taxes over the sale and purchase of the drug, which could prove a bellwether for the country as other states contemplate overturning prohibitions on marijuana, a move backed by a slim majority of Americans. The ballot measure could establish a 25 percent tax, made up of separate excise and sales taxes, the revenue from which would go toward funding school construction and costs associated with state and municipal efforts to regulate legal marijuana.
Pity the Virginia voter.That this year's governor's race would be a spectacularly nasty affair comes as no surprise, considering it pits a former Democratic National Committee chairman (Terry McAuliffe) against a hero of the religious Right (Ken Cuccinelli).What's unexpected are the rapidly churning scandals that have not only escalated the mudslinging between the two nominees, they've given it an underpinning of actual substance. The Washington Post has documented how Cuccinelli accepted money and gifts from a businessman whose close ties to Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family are under federal investigation. Published reports also revealed that McAuliffe's former electric-car company, GreenTech, is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its foreign investors.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie exits a polling station after casting his vote during the New Jersey governor election in Mendham Township, New Jersey, November 5, 2013. Christie was poised on Tuesday to win re-election by a landslide, the latest polls show, a first step on what is expected to be a far bumpier path in his likely bid for the White House in 2016. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)
Based on zero percent of votes counted, Gawker’s decision desk projects that de Blasio will capture 64 percent of the city’s vote, with approximately 24 percent of New Yorkers casting their ballot for Lhota. De Blasio, who ran on a progressive campaign featuring strong criticisms of Bloomberg’s police and housing policies, will be the first Democrat to occupy Gracie Mansion since David Dinkins, who left office in 1993 after a single term.
This is your chance to make your voice heard – to make sure that every child in Virginia can go to a great school, parents can get good jobs with good benefits, families can afford to see doctors, women can control their own bodies, and all our kids have the opportunity to live up to their God-given potential,” Clinton writes.
“Last year, Virginians helped elect President Barack Obama to a second term so that our economic recovery could keep moving forward and America would continue to lead in the world. Now you have the chance to keep Virginia moving forward by getting out and voting for Terry on November 5th,” the letter continues. “Bill and I were so excited when you and many other Virginia voters turned out to elect President Obama and Senator Tim Kaine. Since you are a regular voter, we know Terry can count on you to go vote this November, too.
The message is signed, “Sincerely, Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Election officials and both mayoral campaigns tell the New York Times that voter turnout at the city’s 1,200 polling places was "low to moderate, at most':
Valerie Vazquez-Rivera, spokeswoman for the Board of Elections, described the turnout during the morning hours as “consistent,” but not heavy.
“Low,” said Jessica Proud, spokeswoman for Joseph J. Lhota, the Republican nominee.
“Not high,” said Dan Levitan, a spokesman for the Democrat, Bill de Blasio.
In the city, nearly 4.3 million New Yorkers were eligible to vote Tuesday.
The last time turnout surpassed 50 percent was in 1993, when Rudolph W. Giuliani defeated David N. Dinkins for reelection and voters considered a referendum on Staten Island’s secession from the city.