Local Elections and National Politics

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Republicans took governorships from Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey.  A Democrat took a congressional seat from Republicans in upstate New York.  Maine voters said "no" to same-sex marriage.  What messages—if any--do so-called "off-year elections" carry about national politics? Also, an Italian judge convicts 23 Americans in a renditions case, and Warren Buffett bets $34 billion on economic recovery. What will it mean for America's railroads? 

Banner image: President Obama campaigns with New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine in Newark on November 1.