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  • WASHINGTON (CNN) -- CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

  • This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay governor. Two candidates for Congress could well become the first openly gay Republican elected to the U.S. House and, if they both succeed, they will join what will number as the largest ever contingent of openly LGBT members of Congress — up from seven to as many as 12, if all newcomers are successful.

  • Lesbian attorney Maura Healey made history Tuesday night, winning election as Massachusetts attorney general and becoming the first openly gay person to be elected as attorney general of any state.

  • Anti-gay candidates performed well in the midterm elections Tuesday.

  • In most states, the big elections will come next year. But on Tuesday, voters in a few states will pick governors and legislators, some cities will elect mayors and a variety of major issues will be settled at the ballot box.

  • But not all candidates came out on top

  • In keeping with the Island City tradition, our City Commissioners voted to cancel the first scheduled City Commission meeting in August for summer break.

  • The Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, that was supposed to be the Democratic Party’s savior, Charlie Crist, lost the governor’s race to Rick Scott last night.

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Several Illinois state lawmakers who cast tough votes on pensions and gay marriage fended off expensive primary challenges Tuesday.

  • (SS) Early in-person voting began Monday with steady streams of voters in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

  • Most of the pundits are saying Republicans will take over the U.S. Senate and keep the House in the November 4 elections. If they’re right — and there is some room for doubt in both chambers — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will likely have to undergo a complete makeover.

  • (CNN) -- Matt Bevin, the controversial Kentuckian who attempted to dethrone Sen. Mitch McConnell last year, orchestrated a remarkable political comeback on Tuesday to win the state's governorship.

  • From our media partner Sun Sentinel: Tonya Alanez, Lori Todd, Michael Mayo -

    On the Palm Beach County Commission, incumbent Steven Abrams won another four-year term. He will be joined by newcomer Melissa McKinlay, who will replace term-limited Commissioner Jess Santamaria.

  • Who won? Who lost? Here is the list of the winners and losers from the endorsement list from South Florida’s major non-partisan LGBT rights groups, SAVE, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council and Equality Florida.

  • Local endorsements for the tri-county area.

  • Here's an election guide for three counties: Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward. These candidates are not endorsed by SFGN — this list is for informative purposes only.

  • AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the state's voter ID law "remains in effect" despite a federal appeals court ruling that it violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

  • Desmond Meade and Neil Volz are counting down the days to Aug. 18 — it’s the midterm election, and it will be the first time both men have been allowed to vote in decades.

  • (AP) TVs are so last century. News outlets are using Facebook Live, Snapchat, YouTube and other tools to offer live coverage of Election Day in ways not possible four years ago.

  • SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two-term Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker hopes to beat back a challenge Tuesday from former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski as he seeks another term leading Utah's capital city.

  • Sam Park says he embodies his District.

  • With the aid of a brutal homophobic smear campaign, U.S. Congressman Richard Neal won his re-election to the United States Congress on Tuesday.

  • HOUSTON -- The latest on voting on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (all times local):

  • In a tough blow to LGBT people everywhere, Houston voters on Tuesday repealed a year-old non-discrimination ordinance –a repeal that appeared to be largely driven by fears that it would enable sexual predators to enter women’s restrooms to assault young girls.

  • Kate Brown became the first openly LGBT person to be elected governor, winning the office in Oregon November 8. Elsewhere in the nation, there were only a few scattered “firsts” to be celebrated, and 61 percent of 188 openly LGBT candidates this year won their races.

  • According to a poll taken by the American Psychological Association, 52% of Americans polled said that the presidential election is a “significant source of stress” in their lives. As one American who has been stressed out by the most tumultuous election in my lifetime, I am surprised that more Americans have not been driven to the brink of insanity. We have unpopular candidates; an angry and divided nation; discredited institutions; a mistrusted press; and social media that brings out the worst in people. Though previous elections were not without controversy or scandal, they tended to remain in the background of our lives until Election Day (unless, of course, we were involved in a campaign). Today the 24-hour media keeps bombarding us with the crimes, follies and misfortunes of candidates, their families, staff and allies, until we are sick and tired of it. To run for office means having your life dissected by a basket of deplorables (to quote one of Hillary Clinton’s most unfortunate phrases) who spout their hatred on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat under the cover of anonymity. Whoever is elected President on November 8 will be hated by half the population, who with their supporters in office will try to make her administration a living hell.

  • (CNN) -- Vice President Joe Biden ended months of intense speculation about his political future on Wednesday by announcing he wouldn't seek the presidency, abandoning a dream he's harbored for decades and putting Hillary Clinton in a stronger position to capture the Democratic nomination. With President Barack Obama at his side in the White House Rose Garden, Biden said the window for a presidential campaign "has closed."

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  • WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vowed Monday to defend Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage, while Democratic challenger Paul Davis said during a debate Monday that there's nothing either of them can do at this point because the matter is in the hands of the courts.

  • Teri Johnston, the first lesbian mayor of Key West, won her bid at a second term as the island’s mayor Tuesday night capturing 59% of the vote. 

  • Tuesday was a good night for LGBT candidates and an historic one for transgender candidates. There were at least 71 openly LGBT candidates in 23 states. Of those, 55 percent won, 35 percent lost, and the results of 10 percent were not yet settled as of deadline.

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