| Sep 28, 2014
| 5:05 AM
URBANDALE, Iowa To Vinita Smith, the most important issue in this year's congressional elections is simple: The government needs to protect Americans.
Securing the nation's borders is crucial to that mission, said the retiree from Panora, Iowa, and so...
| Sep 27, 2014
| 12:08 PM
Campaigns on Baltimore County's east side are still in full swing, but one outcome is already certain: For the first time in nearly half a century, voters get a new state senator.
Democratic Sen. Norman Stone, who took office in 1967, is retiring from...
| Sep 27, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Thirty-second TV spots by Democrat Anthony Brown and the Democratic Governors Association deliver remarkably similar messages portraying Larry Hogan as someone opposed to abortion even in cases of rape or incest. The ads tie Hogan to long-ago proposals....
| Sep 26, 2014
| 3:41 PM
On the evening of April 26, 1777, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the daughter of a respected militia colonel, jumped on her horse and rode from her family's home in Patterson, N.Y., to warn of an impending attack by the British. Ludington rode 40 miles in a...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 6:55 PM
When overworked Silicon Valley innovators retreated to the Nevada desert a week ago for the annual Burning Man festival, some met an unexpected reveler.
There, among the drug-infused performance art, stood a buttoned-down policy wonk from Washington...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 2:45 PM
House 81: Kevin Rader more solid, weakness is insurance legislation
Since Democrats control just 45 seats in the 120-member Florida House, you wonder why any Democrat would challenge an incumbent.
But Kevin Rader, who represents District 81, got...
| Aug 17, 2014
If Charlie Crist thinks he can return to the Governor's Mansion as a Democrat, look his former Republicans "in the eye" and make high-toned talk to get what he wants, he's wrong. But if Nan Rich thinks she has a chance to beat Gov. Rick Scott, she's...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 4:06 PM
Floridians should hope that judicial activists who want to undermine the Affordable Care Act don't succeed, and there's no good reason they should.
Last Tuesday, a pair of federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on similar challenges to the...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 2:50 PM
On the tab of Big Sugar, clues show Florida's governor, agriculture commissioner and an array of past, current and future state House speakers have quietly traveled to Texas to hunt at King Ranch.
The lawmakers might have bagged some critters. But it...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 3:55 PM
Maybe it is simply a Republican death wish.
The party that has gained a well-earned reputation as being obstructionist through much of President Barrack Obama's two terms is prepared to launch another attack on the president.
Speaker John Boehner...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Florida State University has a new president. State Sen. John Thrasher, a powerful Republican lawmaker and big-time FSU alum, has been selected to lead the university and help vault it into the nation's top tier.
The former House speaker and chair of...