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In Congress, Road to Funding Highways Jammed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal pot of money preserving local roads and bridges may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart on a solution. Not only local infrastructure but the overall economy is sure to feel the impact. While increasingly fuel-efficient cars and trucks are easier on the wallet and the [...]

South Florida at projection of 4-foot sea-level rise - Image: NOAA

Rubio Scoffs at New Environmental Regulations

The White House is painting a dire picture for every region in the nation, especially South Florida, if action isn’t taken to combat climate change. Some of the state’s Republican lawmakers still are not buying it. Things won’t be pretty if the latest White House climate assessment is right. You can expect intensified storms and [...]

Virginia Voters pick Outsiders to Represent Them

Virginia Voters pick Outsiders to Represent Them

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.

The Houston Gun Show. Photo by M. Glasgow.

Capitol Hill Conspicuously Silent In Gun Debate

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.

Number four trots along a dirt track at Baltimore's Pimlico in front of an empty grandstand in the Spring.

Dollars over Horse’s Health? An exploration of Tracks Used in U.S. Racing

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.

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the voter I.D. law is unnecessary

VA Voter I.D. Law Reminds Some of Jim Crow Days

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.

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