| Sep 19, 2012
| 12:37 PM
Amtrak, long one of the favorite whipping boys of fiscal conservatives, is getting another thrashing from Mitt Romney and the Republicans. From all the attacks, one might think that the nation's bargain-basement passenger rail system was the cause of...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 4:17 PM
A $100 billion transportation bill President Barack Obama signed into law Friday will put 10,000 people in Maryland to work on state bridges and roads and represents "what can actually be accomplished if Congress comes together," Gov.Martin O'Malley...
| Aug 2, 2011
| 9:34 AM
If anyone was worried that the much-belated move to raise the debt ceiling was an indication that fiscal sanity was taking hold in Washington, they can put those fears aside. The Federal Aviation Administration continues to be held hostage by House...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 10:01 AM
Guns, war, immigration, health care.
Knowing where your congressional representatives stand on these issues shouldn't require … well, an act of Congress.
Unfortunately, far too many citizens have trouble getting straight answers.
That's why I...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 3:11 PM
DeBary's rule on chickens
The article "DeBary officials: Autistic boy must give up pet chickens" in Saturday's Sentinel brought a tear to my eye. The DeBary City Council is ending a program that allowed backyard chickens in the city.
| Nov 29, 2013
| 11:21 AM
These days, Congress gets a very poor report card – an exceptionally low approval rating of just 9 percent, according to a recent Gallop poll.
What some people might forget, though, is that every congressman’s district office is staffed by...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 1:05 PM
NASA is in the midst of a huge yard sale at Kennedy Space Center, peddling unused hangars, assembly buildings, launch complexes and even a landing strip to commercial space companies.
But at the request of U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, Congress...
| Nov 26, 2013
Cellphones don't fly
Please do not allow cellphone conversations to be permitted on airplane flights.
Imagine sitting next to, in back of, in front of or across from a person with a loud, piercing voice relaying her entire experience from the security...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 9:48 AM
SunRail is set to start running in May, but its 2016 expansion into Osceola County and farther north into Volusia County may be in jeopardy because $80 million in federal money needed to complete the commuter-rail system no longer is assured.
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:22 AM
In local public-affairs programming this weekend:
Orlando attorney Mark O'Mara will be a guest on "Central Florida Spotlight" at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9. O'Mara, who represented George Zimmerman, will discuss his new website and a bill he...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 9:02 AM
WASHINGTON -- Wasteful spending at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was in the spotlight again on Wednesday, as U.S. House lawmakers took aim at two over-the-top conferences held in Orlando in 2011 that cost taxpayers at least $6.1 million. ...
| Oct 20, 2013
For Americans cynical about the federal government, trying to influence Washington from the local level seems like a lost cause. According to the cynics' logic, the K Street lobbyists and the big corporate and union campaign contributors call all the...