Today, the television is but one of the screens battling for voters' attention. The explosion of Twitter and its ilk - played out on mobile phones, iPads, laptops and desktops - let the electorate talk back.
With the release this week of more than 1,200 confidential files on suspected sexual abuse from past decades, the Boy Scouts of America faces the prospect of a new wave of lawsuits and potentially costly damages. But as in past child sex abuse cases, alleged victims' ability to get their cases before a jury will vary dramatically by state.
Local governments have placed more than 230 revenue-raising proposals on the ballot -- a number that's consistent with past elections, but this time, they need the money for essentials rather than extras.
A proposal to revamp the way California handles its budget and web of state regulations is running into opposition from politicians, unions and various activists who say it would only worsen Sacramento's dysfunction.
A recent EPA assessment found that Illinois has the fourth-highest need in the country for drinking water infrastructure improvements and the sixth-highest in the need for wastewater infrastructure improvements.
After the states split their $2.5 billion share of the landmark National Mortgage Settlement in February, less than half of the money states have allocated will be used as intended – to aid in stopping preventable foreclosures and financial fraud and to help stabilize communities scarred by the housing crisis.
The debate raises moral and ethical questions that lie at the heart of end-of-life care, including what constitutes living, what medical care is normal and what is extraordinary, and who decides how and when life should end.
The attack ads arrive in the mailboxes of Florida voters and pierce the television airwaves with the rapidity of tracer bullets. Politicos have a shorthand for the chatter: Medi-Scare.
The dueling messages are designed to stoke financial fears in the swing state with one of the biggest senior populations in the country. And even campaigns for the state House and Senate, which do not have any control over Medicare, are being hit with the attacks.