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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 Joshua 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.
Last year's Tour de Burn Barrel participants.  Photo courtesy of burnbarrel.org
Last year's Tour de Burn Barrel participants. Photo courtesy of burnbarrel.org

Bike Ride Highlights Trash Burning Dangers

A group of cyclists will start biking from St. Lawrence County to Albany tomorrow. The 2nd Annual "Tour de Burn Barrel" is to draw attention to the health and environmental hazards of burning trash outdoors. The Environmental Protection Agency says one burn barrel can produce as much air pollution as a modern incinerator burning 400,000 pounds of garbage. Trash burning releases toxic chemicals like dioxins, arsenic, and lead into the air. Those chemicals can cause asthma, lead to thyroid problems, and increase the risk of cancer. Trash burning is legal in most rural parts of the state. David Sommerstein spoke with Chris Neurath, publisher of burnbarrel.org. He's helping to organize the Tour de Burn Barrel bike ride.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Promise More Open Budget Talks

The final part of the budget process, completed this week, was much more secretive than the more open budget talks conducted earlier in the session. Lawmakers blamed each other for the regression to their old ways, and promised to once again change their habits in the future. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Debate Over North Country's Low Cost Power

There's renewed debate over the future of the North Country's share of cheap electricity produced at the hydropower dam in Massena. The local Alcoa and General Motors plants currently use almost 500 megawatts at below market prices. That's more than the amount of electricity all the households in northern New York use. The agreement expires in 2013. Lawmakers want the industrial giants to extend their side of the deal and commit to providing jobs long term. But if Alcoa and General Motors were to close, people worry downstate interests could grab the cheap power. Two North Country lawmakers are writing bills to stop that from happening. But as David Sommerstein reports, they differ over how to do it.  Go to full article

Assembly GOP Leader Faces Possible Coup Attempt

An attempt has been made to oust the leader of the Republicans in the State Assembly, amid dissatisfaction among some of the minority party members in that house. Karen...  Go to full article

Pataki and Lawmakers Reach Final Budget Agreement

Governor Pataki and the legislature agreed on the final outstanding parts of the New York State budget last night, and the legislature passed the remaining bills before a...  Go to full article

Environmental Protection Fund Approval Goes Down to the Wire

The new state budget provides $150 million for the Environmental Protection Fund sought by Governor Pataki in his executive budget, a record level and a 20 percent increase...  Go to full article
Great Sacandaga, a HRBRRD reservoir

River Agency May Close Albany Office

The Hudson River Black River Regulating District may be forced to close its Albany office and cut staff. Regulating District officials say their office in Watertown will...  Go to full article

NY Assembly Committee Kills Death Penalty Bill

New York lawmakers will not be reinstating the death penalty this year, now that an Assembly Committee has voted down a bill to fix the state's flawed capital punishment...  Go to full article

North Country Senators Want Empire Zone Tax Relief for Adirondack Park

State senator Betty Little wants to create a vast tax relief zone for the six million-acre Adirondack Park. Empire Development zones offers incentives to growing businesses,...  Go to full article

Polls: Pataki Faces Grim Political Prospects

Governor Pataki has until the end of the day Tuesday to make up his mind about whether to veto parts of the legislature's budget. A new poll out Monday evening finds New...  Go to full article

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