Author Archive

Peter Bell

State & Local

School Is Over for the Summer. So Is the Era of Majority White U.S. Public Schools.

When schools reopen this fall, demographic changes will have tipped the balance to nonwhite students.


Deficit Reduction Among Top Priorities for Political Insiders

Both parties rank it as one of their top concerns.


Disaster aid offsets still popular among congressional Republicans

Some 86 percent of Republicans surveyed said they believe aid allocated by Congress must be offset by spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.

Pay & Benefits

Congressional insiders back boosting employee retirement contributions

Big majority of Republicans and relatively high percentage of Democrats eye overhauling federal retirement system.


First-term House Dems win earmarks while dueling over mantle of reform

Freshmen accounted for $263 million in personal, single-sponsor earmarks.


No agency left behind in hurricane relief effort

Roles range from providing food and housing to briefing diplomats.