Because Missouri's population dropped, the state will lose one congressional district. A redistricting bill was introduced in the state legislature which calls for Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay to be put in the same district, basically eliminating Carnahan's.
Funny, at least one democratic state rep isn't too sad about losing Carnahan and said she'd vote for the submitted bill.
Driving out to DC yesterday we had no sun, only dark clouds and periodic light rain. When we crossed into Virginia from W. Virginia the landscape was gorgeous for miles and miles. The Allegheny Mountains were black and hung with white/gray clouds across the top. The ground below was a weak early spring green, the highway curved up and down through them, small towns and farms tucked into the bottom ground. The scenery just cried out to be photographed but darn, there was no way to stop.
We knew gas prices were shooting up, but it took a car trip halfway across the country to really feel the effects. When you need to fill the tank at least 3 times, whoa, that's a lot of money. By the time we get back home we'll realize we could have flown and spent a night in a hotel and still not spent the same amount as we pumped into the gas tank.
No snow in the WV mountains this time, a bit of drizzle, dark, cold sky.
We've crossed several rivers since leaving St Louis this morning-Mississippi, Kaskaskia, Ohio, Kanawha-all are quite high. Must have been a winter of sizable amounts of snow and rain over a large portion of the country.
We're closing in on Charlottesville Va and from there we will turn left and be pointed at DC.
We've never taken 64 all the way before, normally we take I-70 through Ohio. A nice change.
The Top 12 interstates/freeways with the likeliest prospect of being torn down includes I-70 through downtown St Louis
The way 70 cuts off the riverfront from downtown proper has frustrated people around here for years.
Also on the list is I-64 at Louisville for the same reason as in St Louis. Funny, we were driving through Louisville when I read this.
I can't make clickable links in the car but here's the copy/paste version.