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If you can pull yourself away from the weathertastprophe outside, there’s a lot going on today in the 21st District Congressional race. Specifically: Republican/Conservative hopeful Elise Stefanik has raised more than $524,000 for her...
Bruce Heyman is now fully installed and beginning his official work as the newest U.S. ambassador to Canada. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Heyman said the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline project is important, but there’s far more to the...
Broad results of Monday’s provincial election in Quebec are quite clear: the Liberal Party, lead by neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard, has won a solid majority government. The Parti Québécois, now reduced to the role of official...
On March 5th Quebec Premier Pauline Marois triggered an election that concludes Monday, April 7th. Of course speculation about results is just that until the polls close and all the votes are tallied. But most observers think Marois either...
Last week I wrote a post about Quebec’s April 7th provincial election as something that could raise questions of national unity. Well, that turned out to be an understatement. Major developments in the week that followed have put the...



Politics
Apr 18, 2014 — Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.
Apr 18, 2014 — Even as technology and social media transform politics, some traditions still live on — like the annual Shad Planking festival in Wakefield. It's a must-attend event on Virginia's political calendar.
Apr 18, 2014 — I had been NPR's White House correspondent for four months. On Thursday, I asked my first question at a presidential press conference. This is how it happened.
Apr 18, 2014 — It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.
Apr 18, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the breakthrough Ukraine deal and the new health care enrollment numbers.

Voter Resources

Project Sunlight: Track lobbying activities, member item spending and other legislation in New York. An initiative of the NYS Office of the Attorney General.

League of Women Voters DemocracyNet: Great one-stop election resource.

NYS Board of Elections Campaign Finance Database: Enter the last name of any candidate in New York to find out where the money comes from and where it's going.

Open Secrets: Campaign finance information broken down by industry, region, etc., for mostly federal politicans. An excellent starting point for following
money in politics.

Special Reports

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Audio Slideshow:
Adirondack teens talk democracy
Face of Democracy is a national program that gives students an inside view of the democratic process by sending out to polling places to interview and photograph voters and officials. Sue Halpern, project organizer, talks with Brian Mann
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Cartoon Special:
Editorial cartoonist Mark Wilson Covers the NYS Party Conventions
Mark Wilson, aka Marquil, is a political cartoonist covering the 2006 New York State party conventions for NCPR. His sketches and caricatures bring the arcana of state politics to life.

Power Struggle Over Budget Reform Simmers at the State Capitol

This week, the legislature moved to put a reform package before voters in November. It would shift some decision-making authority away from the executive branch. Governor Pataki is against the plan. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Poll: Pataki's Popularity Still Down

Governor Pataki's poll numbers are not improving, even though the state has the first on time budget in two decades, according to a new survey by Quinnipiac University. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: The Unconquerable World, Jonathan Schell

Jonathan Schell, author of The Unconquerable World, wraps up our year-long exploration of books on war and peace. He talks with NCPR listeners and callers about his new thought-provoking study of nonviolence as a powerful force for political change in our world. Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Dale Hobson host.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Make Slow Progress on Voting Reform

New York is the last state in the nation to comply with the federal voting reform act passed after the 2000 Presidential race. A conference committee of state legislators...  Go to full article

Electronic Voting, with Headphones

Yesterday, vendors of electronic voting machines peddled their wares to Board of Elections supervisors at their regional meeting in Syracuse. They're competing for a massive...  Go to full article

NY High Court OKs Video Lottery, Casino Expension

New York's highest court has ruled that a state plan to expand video lottery terminals and Indian-owned casinos is constitutional, and can proceed. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mother Who Launched Megan's Law Seeks Tough Federal Measure

The woman who spurred most states to track convicted sex offenders after her 7-year-old daughter Megan was raped and killed by a child molester, is calling for a tougher...  Go to full article

Groups Rally for Reform in the NY Legislature

Government reform groups rallied on the steps of New York's Capitol Tuesday, asking lawmakers not to leave Albany this year without cleaning up state government. Karen...  Go to full article

Reformers Say State Could Improve Voter Turnout

Three North Country counties have the lowest voter turnout in New York State. The prison population pulls those numbers down, but voter participation in New York State as a...  Go to full article

Legislature, Pataki Agree on Tougher DWI Proposal

Governor Pataki and the legislature have agreed on a bill to strengthen penalties against drunk drivers, at the urging of a mother whose son was killed by a man charged with...  Go to full article

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