Good example, fishin' It does start with municipal government even in the smallest township. Seems like county governments are the least scrutinized by the media, at least in my area.
max - Dave Barry on the two parties (also relavent to the subject):
The Democrats seem to be basicaly nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the managements skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisanart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for the Ugly Pants Night at the country club.