The hamlet of Town Line, N.Y., voted to secede from the Union during the Civil War. People in this tiny town are very proud of it. In fact, firefighters still wear Confederate insignias on their uniforms. The town is marking the 150th anniversary of its secession — and dragging out old artifacts and stories. Yet, the reason why Town Line voted to leave the Union is still unknown.
In the aftermath of the FreshPAC scandal, the D.C. Council is looking at ways to reduce the impact of high-dollar special interests on local elections. The answer, according to some legislators, is public financing.
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