Philip Ewing

Homegrown Power Could Ease Energy Crunch

By: - January 19, 2007

Photo courtesy of Network for New Energy Choices A solar-powered house in Montclair, N.J., produces its own electricity and feeds any surplus back to the grid. New Jersey’s net-metering program was ranked No. 1 nationwide. Homegrown electricity could be one ingredient used to combat the 21 st century’s expected energy crunch, easing the load on […]

Coast Guard Broaches State Boat Licenses

By: - December 19, 2006

State governments would issue licenses to America ‘s 77 million recreational boaters if the nation’s top maritime law enforcer gets his way. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said the potential for a terrorist attack launched from small boats means that states and the Coast Guard must cooperate better to watch who is on America […]

Lt. Govs Have Pathway to Top

By: - December 8, 2006

Three governors and one governor-elect who will take the oath of office in January have served as lieutenant governors. That’s in addition to four sitting governors who also held the position. Politicians who aspire to be elected governor might well consider these statistics and the findings of a new report, which translate into this simple […]

States Break Out Gift Cards for the Holidays

By: - December 5, 2006

Kentucky’s “Unbridled Gift Card” Not content to let private businesses corner the market on gift cards — the nation’s most popular holiday present — Kentucky , Ohio and West Virginia are marketing gift cards of their own as the holiday season approaches. Just before Thanksgiving, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) publicized a move to make […]

More States Sold on Reforming Gift Cards

By: - October 17, 2006

It has taken a few years, but state legislatures are catching up with glitches in the popularity of gift cards, the quick-fix solution for those too befuddled or time-pressed to find the perfect present. At least 25 states have strengthened their consumer protections for the credit-card-sized scrip that more Americans now give in lieu of […]

State Politicians Discover YouTube

By: - October 10, 2006

The video-sharing Web site YouTube, perhaps best known as the home of cats performing “Hamlet” or the explosive results of dunking Mentos into Diet Coke, also has become the showcase for another type of spectacle – politics.   Across the country, prominent and not-so-prominent political campaigns are taking advantage of YouTube’s free video hosting to disseminate […]