What Maine Election Results Mean for Employers

November 03, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

By Daniel C. Stockford

While voters handily reelected both of Maine’s Democratic representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, a sea change occurred at the state level as the governorship and the legislature apparently have switched from Democratic to Republican control.

In a surprisingly close governor’s race, Republican Paul LePage appears to have narrowly held off a late surge by Independent candidate Eliot Cutler while trouncing Democratic candidate Libby Mitchell. But the big surprise was in the Maine Legislature, as control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives appears to be going to the Republicans.

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Coloradans Reject Anti-Health Care Reform Initiative

November 03, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

By Tobie Hazard

On Election Day, Colorado voters rejected Amendment 63, the Health Care Choice Act, which would have amended the Colorado Constitution to prohibit the state from requiring a person to obtain health care. The ballot initiative was intended to thwart President Barack Obama’s federal health care law signed last March, which requires almost all Americans to have health insurance by 2014 or face federal fines.

What Amendment 63 Would Have Done
Colorado law currently doesn’t require any person to carry health insurance coverage. Coloradans are free to purchase their own health insurance, participate in employer-sponsored health plans, enroll in Medicaid or Medicare (if eligible), or forgo coverage altogether and pay their health care providers directly.

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What Tennessee Election Results Mean for Employers

November 03, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

By John B. Phillips, Jr.

After the midterm elections, Tennessee’s congressional delegation will be made up of seven Republicans and two Democrats, a net gain of two seats for the GOP. Tuesday’s election continues Tennessee’s move toward a solid-red Republican state. Both U.S. Senators are Republicans, though neither was up for election this year.

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