Marriage, Marijuana and Women Set Records


Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, was less enthused. "Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don't break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly," he warned.

In another decision likely to run up against or along federal deliberations, voters in Maryland adopted the state's version of the Dream Act. The law provides for undocumented immigrants to pay in-state or in-county tuition fees (both considerably lower than the out-of-state rate) at public universities so long as they meet certain requirements, such as graduating from a Maryland high school, completing 60 hours of credits at a community or two-year college, and filing taxes.

One last first from an eventful election night: Voters from Michigan's 11th district have sent the singular Kerry Bentivolio, a reindeer farming, Santa impersonator, to Congress to replace the outgoing Republican Thaddeus McCotter. Bentilovio defeated Syed Taj, a Democrat, in a narrow decision.

Mia Love, a Utah Republican, will not be caucusing with Bentivolia in Washington, however. Her bid to become the GOP's first black congresswoman was thwarted by incumbent Rep. James Matheson. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were denied their chances at history, too, Romney at becoming the first Mormon president and Ryan the first vice president born after -- he was five months late -- August 1969's Apollo 11 moon-landing.

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