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Terry McAuliffe got what he wanted. No matter how unexpectedly narrow the margin of victory, the greatest fundraiser the Democratic party has ever seen has now followed in the footsteps of his fellow former party operative, Mark Warner, and he will be the next governor of Virginia. Warner used his impressive record in that office to springboard his way to the Senate, and maybe beyond.

But things won’t be quite as easy for McAuliffe as they were for Warner…

McAuliffe Won, But Will His Agenda? 

Who are the activists behind the Virginia ultrasound bill?

"Earlier this year, Republicans in the Virginia legislature proposed a new law that would require a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion. Many noted the measure would require women to have a transvaginal probe—and a national outcry followed. But the Virginia law was merely the latest in a recent onslaught of state-level anti-abortion measures. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 2011 saw 92 anti-abortion provisions enacted in 24 states. (The previous record was 34 in 2005.) Among the anti-abortion measures passed last year were ultrasound laws, bans on abortions beginning as early as 20 weeks, onerous rules mandating the size of exam rooms and hallways, and restrictions on insurance coverage of abortion—just to name a few."

- Eliza Gray, The Saleswoman

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Are public schools making the grade when it comes to teacher tenure?

"So what is the case for K–12 teacher tenure? The truth is, there isn’t a good one. One argument typically offered by tenure defenders is that teaching is a notoriously difficult profession in which to measure success. But this is true for lots of jobs—yet, in all other professions, efforts are still made, however imperfect, to evaluate whether an employee is succeeding and to remove those who are not."

"Why should teaching be different? In fact, given that teaching is arguably the most important job in our society, it would be difficult to name a profession, save maybe the military, for which these sorts of heightened job protections would be less logical. If a job is truly important to the nation’s future, then you want to make sure that the most able, talented people are doing it—and doing their best work at all times.”

— The Editors, “The Case Against Tenure in Public Schools