Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) (L) and ranking member Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Vowing to Fight Epidemic, Delaware Senator Takes Money From Opioid Makers Sued by His State

Democrat Tom Carper, who has a primary challenge on Sept. 6, says he is committed to fighting the opioid epidemic, but he has received thousands from Big Pharma and refuses to support a bill that would fund state's efforts to treat opioid addicts.

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‘Red State Assault’ on Ballot Measures Threatens Direct Democracy

Lawmakers in 24 states have introduced restrictions on ballot initiatives after voters passed measures last year such as legalizing marijuana and raising the minimum wage.

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The Least Transparent Big City in America

A vague state public records law, technology snafus and a lack of communication slow and stymie the accountability process in the Rose City.