A controversial voter I.D. law that just passed the Virginia state Senate is turning heads in the nation’s capital, because it reminds Democrats of the Jim Crow days.
Accusations are flying in Virginia’s gubernatorial contest about whether someone born outside of the commonwealth is well suited to serve the state. Upon flipping through some records, Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo found that Virginians aren’t really wedded to the idea of being represented by native sons – or daughters.
Only a few lawmakers on Capitol Hill are floating ideas to tighten U.S. gun laws after the mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado and at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Critics say much like after the shooting at Virginia Tech the efforts are going nowhere because of the powerful National Rifle Association.
Critics say dirt race tracks are more harmful for horses than the new generation of synthetic race tracks. But synthetics aren’t taking off in America’s broke horse racing industry. It’s not all dollars and cents though. Another reason synthetics haven’t caught on in the U.S. is cultural.
Millions of dollars was spent on the Iowa caucuses, but voters report that some of the candidates spent their money and time more wisely than the others. And in the end voters recall that a handshake and a minute of a candidate’s time still has the luster it always has.
Political campaigns have tapped into the growing field of behavioral marketing on the Internet. That means politicians are now tracking you online and, in a sense, coming into your home to deliver hand crafted ads on your computer. Consumer groups say that’s terrifying, yet they still haven’t made any legislative headway.