Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill to make Illinois the 16th state to abolish the death penalty. Questions about the fairness of the death penalty led to a state moratorium in 2000.
Barring bad behavior, the tea party protest in Searchlight, Nevada, could mark the beginning of the movement’s next mission: Taking down lawmakers who voted for healthcare reform.
Weak laws and entrenched culture lets officials put personal gain ahead of public service.
A desire to build cross-party consensus in Senate rubs up against political perils of compromise.