More than two-third of Americans say they have given up on Washington and look to their state governments for policy solutions-- but are states up to the job? Transparency and accountability are key to effective governing, and a new report suggest that many states are failing at both.
Taser-related deaths, says Justin Mazzola at Amnesty International, have "caused people to take a look not only on the use of Tasers more generally but the policies that are put in place by law enforcement regarding their use."
Critics of the Fairfax County Police have long called for civilian oversight over department practices following a string of police-involved deaths, but now the head of the department itself is dropping his opposition.
Alexandria Mayor-elect Allison Silberberg is concerned about a part of the city code she calls the 10 Percent Rule. It allows city council and planning commission members to own as much as 9.99 percent of a project they are considering, without disclosing it.
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