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  • Senate votes to stop filling oil reserve

    Undated government photo of U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve's Big Hill site near Beaumont, Texas. (Source: Department of Energy/ via Bloomberg News) by Frank James How concerned are lawmakers during this election year about a voter backlash against Congress b
  • Brookhaven's pork barrel: The wider context

    In Washington, the campaign season has made earmarks all but a dirty word. On the Albany scene, criminal charges are still pending against state Sen. Efrain Gonzalez Jr. involving his member-item spending. At City Hall in Manhattan, oddball budget...

    Farm bill gets bad reviews

    by Frank James The just-passed farm bill, which is valued at $290 billion to $307 billion, depending on who's counting, is taking some heavy flak from the city slickers who comprise the editorial pages of some of the nation's largest...

    Winners for Palm Beach in state budget

    It was a tight budget year for the state, but when Palm Beach County legislators finished their work they had earmarked a substantial amount of cash to bring home. If you want to take a look at what they...

    Atwater under attack for abortion vote

    Jeff Atwater, set to become Senate president if he wins re-election this fall, is coming under attack from Planned Parenthood for his vote on an abortion bill. Planned Parenthood is targeting six state legislators ??? including Republican Atwater, who...