| Apr 9, 2015
| 3:15 PM
Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law.
Brattin has introduced House Bill 813, making it illegal for food-stamp...
| May 1, 2015
| 7:47 AM
The new car feeling is like few others, full of hope, pride, a bit of anxiety and a lot of responsibility. For Caress Pouncy, it means a whole lot more.
"This is truly a blessing," Pouncy said before being handed the keys to a fully refurbished 2010...
| Apr 30, 2015
In 1933, money from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation - a federal agency - allowed Los Angeles County to temporarily hire thousands of unemployed workers to widen roads in Griffith Park....
| Apr 30, 2015
| 4:59 PM
By the end of May, renovations to the basement of the Izaak Walton League building at 899 Jay St. should be finished, meaning the space will be ready in time to host, for a first time, a summer lunch program for children run by Elgin's parks and...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 12:49 PM
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed Republican legislation Thursday that would drop thousands of low-income families from Missouri's welfare rolls by paring back benefits to what he said would be one of the shortest time periods in the nation.
| Apr 26, 2015
| 12:42 PM
To save millions of dollars in compensation and ease streamlining of store operations on base, Department of Defense officials are weighing a plan to convert the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to a non-appropriated fund activity, which could reduce...
| Apr 28, 2015
| 3:29 PM
It's just a stretch of sparse grass in Parramore, but in the months to come it will be the site of a three-bedroom, two-bath house that Army veteran Keon Madison and his family will call home.
It'll be energy efficient, environmentally friendly,...
| Apr 27, 2015
| 5:20 AM
WASHINGTON Kansas' new law that restricts welfare recipients from using their benefits to get a tattoo, consult a psychic or take a cruise has made for endless fodder on the late-night talk show circuit.
Supporters argue the law will push the poor to...
| Apr 25, 2015
| 12:55 PM
Tallahassee melted down last week.
I know it's hard to tell in a town that suffers from daily dysfunction.
But last week, absurdity went on steroids when Republicans realized that all their screaming about how they don't want no stinkin' federal money...
| Apr 22, 2015
| 3:54 PM
More than other 2016 presidential entrants, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., seems to have positively affected, even excited, Republicans. Ross Douthat writes, "Rubio more than most candidates fits the way most Republicans want to think about their party and...
| Apr 23, 2015
Roger Schaffer believes he has discovered a new danger to the Republic, "Radical libertarians" (The Capital, March 31). Our social equilibrium seems to be threatened by such supposed evil influences as the tea party, Ayn Rand...