Notebook: Taking Initiative

Trial lawyers, gays and bears all had something extra at stake in this week's election returns, as voters in 34 states decided 163 ballot measures. Some--like proposed constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage--helped woo a party's base to the polls. Other ballot measures--like laws against baiting bears--forced voters to tackle local issues too grisly for legislators to handle on their own. --By Rebecca Winters

GAY MARRIAGE Voters resoundingly rejected gay marriage, supporting constitutional bans in 11 states

ELECTORAL COLLEGE Colorado rejected a measure that would have let the state divide its electoral votes among candidates

LIQUOR BOTTLES Urged by MADD, South...

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