Elaine Povich is a veteran Washington Correspondent. She covered Congress and politics for Newsday for eight years. Prior to that, she was a Freedom Forum fellow engaged in a study of the relationship between Congress and the media. She is the author of Partners and Adversaries: The Contentious Connection Between Congress and the Media.

August 27, 2013

States Brace for a Second Round of Sequester Cuts

States have been forced to gear up for a potential second round of across-the-board federal spending cuts after Congress left for its summer recess without a budget deal.
June 27, 2013

New State Tax Laws Set to Begin July 1

July 1 is the beginning of the fiscal year in most states, and the preferred start date for new or updated taxes. This year, legislatures changed tax rates on significant parts of the economy, including gasoline or fuel levies, sales taxes and property taxes.
September 4, 2012

International "Sister" Relationships Benefit U.S. Cities

There are hundreds of sister city relationships between U.S. municipalities and foreign cities. The benefits can be as simple as a cultural exchange or as complicated as getting a contract to design a $1 billion theme park in China.
May 23, 2012

Rookie Mayors Take On Tough Challenges

It’s not a great time to be a mayor. Lousy economies, squeezed budgets, dwindling federal and state assistance -- the list goes on and on. Yet newly elected mayors across the country are coping -- some better than others.
May 15, 2012

More States, Cities Look to Test Drones

"Eye in the Sky" is fast becoming a reality for many states and municipalities as they turn to unmanned vehicles -- or drones -- for a variety of uses.
March 21, 2012

Snowe's Pending Departure Opens Door for Maine Lawmakers

With the “big dogs” in the race for the U.S. Senate seat from Maine scared off by the entry of former independent Gov. Angus King, the door has opened for state officers and legislators to get into the race.
February 7, 2012

State Lawmakers Emerge For Gifford’s Arizona Seat

Emotion over Gabby Giffords aside, Republicans see a good chance to restore her seat to the GOP. The first declared candidates have emerged from the ranks of the state legislature.