SEMANTICS?: The issue of taxing Internet sales is getting strong support from Republicans and Democrats alike, with supporters insisting that it's not a tax increase but a way to let states enforce existing laws.
THE LATEST: On Wednesday, a bill passed a test vote in the Senate, 74 to 23, with 27 Republicans voting in favor. Anti-tax evangelist Grover Norquist isn't happy about it, and the conservative Heritage Foundation is questioning the senators' conservative credentials.
FOLLOW THE MONEY: The issue is getting bigger for states as more people make purchases online. Internet sales in the U.S. rose nearly 16 percent last year to an estimated $226 billion.