Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces that Kosovo and Serbia will open their embassies in disputed Jerusalem, recognizing the city as Israel's capital. Netanyahu says Kosovo is the first Muslim-majority country to do so. Until this day, only the United States and Guatemala have moved their embassies to Jerusalem, a move that Palestinians reject.
In Kentucky, Republican Matt Bevin defeats Democrat Jack Conway and independent Drew Curtis with 52 percent of the vote to succeed term-limited Democrat Steve Beshear. [http:--www.foxnews.com-politics-2015-11-03-republican-matt-bevin-elected-governor-kentucky-2nd-republican-governor-in-4- (Fox News)] [http:--bigstory.ap.org-article-41cc5dfd7f7d4e7ea0cb7f3a3dc9cd18-republican-matt-bevin-elected-governor-kentucky-0 (AP)] In Mississippi, incumbent Republican Phil Bryant easily wins re-election over Democratic, truck driver Robert Gray. according to the "Associated Press". [http:--www.huffingtonpost.com-entry-phil-bryant-wins-reelection-mississippi_5637e18be4b027f9b969c3bf (AP via Huffington Post)]State, cityFormer five-term Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim wins election to a sixth term as mayor of Connecticut's largest city, topping the six other candidates in the poll. Ganim is, in American parlance, an "ex-con;" i.e., a convicted felon. In 2003, he was convicted by a federal jury on 16 felony counts for racketeering, bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud, and tax evasion in an operation that also led to convictions of 10 of his associates. Ganim served seven years in federal prison; he was released from a Hartford halfway house in 2010. [http:--www.courant.com-community-bridgeport-hc-bridgeport-ct-joe-ganim-mary-jane-foster-1104-20151103-story.html (Hartford Courant)] [http:--newyork.cbslocal.com-2015-11-03-bridgeport-mayor-race-election-day- (AP via CBSLocal.com)]Newcomer, businesswoman, and clinical psychologist Karen Weaver tops incumbent Dayne Walling in the non-partisan, Flint, Michigan, Mayor's election. Flint, which is dealing with lead in drinking water, has been under State financial management for close to four full years, and is in the final stage where control will be returned to city officials. [http:--bigstory.ap.org-article-9e4d7ad8d8884799a69fb07c815672a9-voters-oust-flint-mayor-amid-citys-water-problems (AP)] [http:--www.detroitnews.com-story-news-local-michigan-2015-11-03-flint-mayor-water-problems-75126158- (Detroit News)] [http:--www.mlive.com-news-flint-index.ssf-2015-09-flint_mayoral_challenger_calls.html (MLive Media)]Ballot initiatives, referendums In Ohio, a ballot initiative that would have established a legal oligopoly for the sale of recreational and medicinal marijuana is resoundingly defeated by voters, according to AP. [http:--www.latimes.com-nation-la-na-ohio-marijuana-results-20151103-story.html ("Los Angeles Times")]In Texas, the Equal Rights Ordinance that would have established nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people in Houston fails to win approval from voters. [https:--www.washingtonpost.com-national-religion-latest-voters-reject-houston-lgbt-nondiscrimination-measure-2015-11-03-b62bcdfe-82a1-11e5-8bd2-680fff868306_story.html (AP via Washington Post)] [https:--www.texastribune.org-2015-11-03-houston-anti-discrimination-ordinance-early-voting- (Texas Tribune)]Voters in Denver's suburban Jefferson County recall, by 64 to 36 percent, three conservative school board members who worked to weaken the local teachers union while boosting funding for charter schools and pushing through other market-driven policy changes. In Fall 2014, the conservative-led majority drew national attention when they wanted the AP U.S. history course to focus on citizenship and patriotism, while condemning civil disobedience and strike actions. [https:--www.washingtonpost.com-local-education-conservative-school-board-members-ousted-in-bitter-colorado-battle-2015-11-04-a0b640ca-82a2-11e5-8ba6-cec48b74b2a7_story.html (Washington Post)] [http:--www.huffingtonpost.com-entry-jefferson-county-recall_5637869be4b063179912fb82 (AP via Huffington Post)] State, city
The Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) executive committee announces that America's George J. Mitchell informed President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas that the United States had given preliminary approval to the idea of the Quartet on the Middle East having peace talks with Israel.
The Arab League, speaking in Cairo, states written guarantees are required if Palestine is to enter into direct negotiations with Israel as Egyptian, Israeli, Palestinian and American representatives meet to talk.
A group of more than 30 journalists from such countries as Turkey, Spain, Germany, Lebanon, Egypt, the United Kingdom and the United States announces it is to take legal action against Israel for equipment lost and money stolen due to the Gaza flotilla raid.
Israel rejects United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's proposal to create an international committee of inquiry into the raid on Gaza flotilla raid; committee members would include representatives from the United States, Turkey and Israel.