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  • Pigging Out

    A National Journal investigation looks at the new developments in the "age-old practice of lawmakers pledging their support for key legislation in exchange for federally funded projects in their districts." The tradition, known as "pork barrel spending," isn't likely to die, even though Republicans who seized Congress in 1994 wouldn't put up with it, the magazine reports. The story reveals that most GOP revolutionaries have been trying to steer money for roads and bridges toward their districts in exchange for supporting the new transportation bill. The article provides insight on how funding for infrastructure has changed over the years.
  • Power Lines: Political deck-stacking maps the future before you vote

    In this three-part series, Assad and Ayers take a look at how the once a decade task of reapportionment, adjusting federal, state, and local legislative districts to account for current Census numbers. What once was a "housekeeping chore for map-drawing bureaucrats is a bare-knuckled political brawl that not only has Republicans fighting Democrats, but also allies fighting each other." The Morning Call's analysis finds that a GOP backed plan would increase the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives from 222-to-210 to 227-205. The series also looks at how Blacks and Latinos are trying to shore up their numbers and create a minority heavy legislative district.
  • An Easy Out?

    National Journal looks at controversies surrounding the 13 annual appropriations bills in 2000. The story reveals internal conflicts in the Republican party, resulting from tax cuts and the fiscal belt-tightening that ensued. "The White House even threatened that Bush might veto spending bills written by his own party's congressional majority," the magazine reports. The article examines the spending allocations for the major House and Senate committees and subcommittees.
  • How the little guy gets crunched

    A Time special report investigates how campaign finance contributions have changed laws, regulations and policies. The main story in the report focuses on the trade war that the American government launched against Europe on behalf of the banana baron Carl Lindner, a major contributor both to Republicans and Democrats. Lindner's company, fruit-and-vegetable giant Chiquita, was restricted to export its low-cost bananas to the European market, Time reports. In response, the U.S. government imposed higher tariffs on European goods. The trade war did not affect consumers of luxurious goods from overseas, the story reveals. Instead, it only hurt American small businesses that imported their supplies from European countries.
  • The sick legislature syndrome

    Governing reports on "the dangers of creeping partisanship" in the state legislatures. A major finding is that legislatures seem to be less partisan, when they are more of part-time bodies. The story compares the achievements of the "professional" legislatures - with full-time, large staff and stable membership, and the "citizen" ones - with part-time, small staff and high turnover, and hybrid. The two legislature types are exemplified with the Minnesota legislature, described as a "state-of-the art political institution," and the amateurish Tennessee's legislature. "Professionalism, partisanship and incivility are linked to each other in some unholy way," Governing reports.
  • The Secrets of Recruiting

    National Journals reports on strategy and tactics used by political parties in their searches for the right candidates to run for Congress. "Elbowing unwanted candidates out of a primary goes hand-in-hand with enticing reluctant, wanted contenders," the magazine reveals. The story sheds light on "the sag of the Democratic Party's touch-and-go courtship of a California state senator named Adam Shiff." The article features 17 inside tips on the do's and don'ts that can make or break a party's effort to capture or hold a congressional seat.
  • High noon in the West; Plumbing the pasture; Who rules the trail; Who controls the land; Free-for-all in a forest; Not in our backyard; Crossing the divide

    A Time story package looks at the "epic battle for the West," in which giant oil companies and other mighty corporations have harmed the environment. The battle is over who gets to use the land in the West and for what purpose. The main story focuses on a series of federal government decisions "that could threaten the Yellowstone ecosystem." The article reports on several steps undertaken by the new Bush administration - blocking a plan to maintain the genetic diversity of the grizzly bears in the park, proposed lifting a ban on snowmobiles in the park, and projects for oil and gas drilling. The story describes the issue as "a conflict between federal and local," and finds that Yellowstone has become the focal point in the latest chapter in the battle for the West. The package includes maps and tables of who owns what in the West.
  • Drug Dealer

    The American Prospect looks at a conflict-of-interest case involving Representative Bill Thomas, "the California Republican who currently chairs the House Ways and Means Committee" and the giant pharmaceutical company Ely Lilly. The story examines the circumstances at which Thomas wrote his bill on Medicare and a proposed prescription-drug benefit, which favor the big pharmaceutical companies. The major findings are that Ely Lilly was Thomas' number-one contributor in the last elections, and that the politician has been involved in a romantic relationship with Deborah Steelman, the new vice president for corporate affairs for Ely Lilly and former best-connected health care lobbyist. "How the House Republicans, Senate Democrats and President Bush handle the issue could easily sway the outcome of the 2002 elections," the analysis finds.
  • Fit to be tied

    Governing reports on the failures of deadlocked legislatures throughout the country. The story points to the example of Washington State House of Representatives, where "a 49-49 tie between Republicans and Democrats ... has bogged down legislation and set nerves on edge almost continuously in Olympia for the last three years." The article looks at ties four other legislative bodies: the Maine, South Carolina, Arizona and Missouri Senates. The report reveals a variation of power-sharing agreements that legislators come up with in order to solve the deadlocks created by voters.
  • The Third House Rises

    National Journal examines "a shadowy arm of Congress," the so-called conference committees whose work is to reconcile competing versions of House and Senate bills. "No rules govern their activities, and once they've made their decision, their legislative handiwork is presented to rank-and-file lawmakers on a take-it-or-leave-it basis," reports the magazine. The story looks at the role that conference committees played in the federal legislative process in recent years. The author points out that, with the coming of the new administration of George W. Bush, conference committees "will become ground zero in battles between the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate."