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The Colorado State Capitol Building. Photo: Joe Daniel Price/Getty Images

Democrats, who secured victories across gubernatorial and state legislative races in the midterm elections, have vowed to push through gun control reforms, increase education funding and expand health care coverage after gaining a foothold in statehouses nationwide, the AP notes.

The big picture: Republicans will still control most legislatures and governorships, but Democrats almost doubled the number of states in which they hold the governor's mansion and both chambers of the state legislature. Those wins are set to give the party more power to act on its core policies after years of GOP control.

Some states where Democrats are in full control:

  • Colorado: Democrats flipped control of the Senate, giving them full control of government, where they've specifically promised to focus on public education funding, environmental protections and health care.
  • Maine: Democratic Governor-elect Janet Mills pledged to expand Medicaid, which had been blocked by her Republican predecessor despite the approval of a 2017 ballot measure.
  • New York: State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who is poised to lead the chamber, promised an progressive agenda including measures to protect abortion rights, expand voting and impose higher taxes on the wealthy.
  • Nevada: Democrats want to prohibit bump stocks on guns after last year's Las Vegas mass shooting, expand Medicaid coverage and raise the minimum wage.
  • New Mexico: A pay increase for the state's teachers is one of Democrats' top priorities.

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USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
3 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

4 hours ago - Health

Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.