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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 19, 2014 — Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Josh Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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.

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.

Clinton Calls for Point Person on Northern Border

Senator Hillary Clinton says the controversy over new passport requirements is proof the U.S. needs someone to oversee border issues with Canada. Yesterday, Clinton introduced a bill that would create a Northern Border Coordinator in the Department of Homeland Security. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ortloff: Disease May Mean Permanent Ban On Deer Feeding

Assemblyman Chris Ortloff, from Plattsburgh, will take part in a new Republican task force designed to promote hunting and fishing. The move comes as the number of hunters in New York state continues to dwindle. Speaking this week with Brian Mann, Ortloff says the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer herds in Oneida County poses a major new threat to sportsmen and to groups that feed white tail deer.  Go to full article

Seniors Push Bill That Would Regulate Drug Company Perks for Doctors

There's a bill in the state legislature to require drug companies to disclose to the State Health Department any free perks they give to doctors. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Gather for Earth Day Events in Albany

Environmentalists called for expansion of the bottle law and for a cap on pollution from New York power plants as part of an Earth Day lobby day held at the State Capitol. ...  Go to full article

Bill Stiffens Sentence for Fleeing Fatal Crash Scenes

The New York State Senate and Assembly have agreed on a bill to stiffen penalties against hit and run drivers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Drug Prices, Availability

Consumer groups and two state lawmakers say the elderly and others taking multiple prescription drugs could be needlessly spending thousands of dollars a year, because they...  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little.

Adirondack Housing Shortage Alarms Local Leaders

State Senator Betty Little held a symposium on Friday in Lake Placid to focus attention on the shortage of worker housing in the Adirondacks. Local government leaders say...  Go to full article

County Association Chief Suspended for Medicaid Reform Stance

This year's budget battle resulted in the first on-time spending plan in 20 years. It also produced modest Medicaid reform, including a cap on the rate of cost increases and...  Go to full article

Commentary: Plan To Tighten US-Canada Border Unnecessary

The US government plans to begin requiring passports for Americans returning to the US from Canada and Mexico. The order has sparked anger from some in the north country,...  Go to full article

Ad Campaign Says Privatization of State Services Wastes Money

The state's second largest public employee union is waging war against government privatization. The Public Employees Federation has launched a media ad campaign to get its...  Go to full article

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