State bills on lightning-rod social issues are getting noticeably less impetus this year, as elections loom and state leaders try to attract business investment.
The growing divide between California and President Trump erupted this week, over marijuana, immigration, taxes and the environment.
The winner means the House is narrowly in Republican hands 51-49.
While unusual, drawing lots to select political leaders has a rich history. Other means of settling ties include coin-flipping and card-picking.
The state produced a guidebook on questionable ballots after the hanging chads of the 2000 presidential race. But it’s now facing a similar snafu.
Senator-Elect Doug Jones of Alabama made a name for himself prosecuting two Ku Klux Klan members for a church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963. Now, he will become a member of the U.S. Senate.