Local Politics with National Impact

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With the last national election twelve months ago and the next one twelve months away, the political world is focused on state contests less than two weeks from now. What will races for Governor in New Jersey and Virginia mean for President Obama and Democrats in Congress? Will Maine change the momentum on same-sex marriage? Also, President Obama's 'Pay Czar' cuts executive pay, and in the age of Facebook and Twitter, television may still be the world's most powerful agent for social change.

Banner image: US President Barack Obama clasps hands with New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine after speaking yesterday during a rally for Corzine at the Rothman Center of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, New Jersey. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images