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Dems Back State Plans to Increase Minimum Wage

Republicans have used hot-button social issues like gay marriage for years as a tool to help energize turnout; some contend that the same-sex marriage issue on the Ohio 2004 ballot helped re-elect President Bush. Now Democrats are trying to take a page out of the GOP playbook by backing state ballot initiatives calling for a boost in the minimum wage.

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Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.