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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.

Lawmakers Push Transportation Bond Act

The state legislature wants New Yorkers to vote on a transportation bond act in November. But even among the ranks of lawmakers who approved the measure, some questions have been raised. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton is Lucrative Fund-raising Subject, for Republicans and Democrats

Senator Hillary Clinton presented a broad critique of Republican policies at a weekend fundraiser in Minnesota. Her appearance Saturday night came one day after Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove was in the state to raise money for Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty's re-election campaign.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Continue Work on "Loose Ends"

The state legislature's budget, passed March 31, left some gaps.
Negotiations are taking place to try to reach agreement on those items before Governor Pataki's veto deadline of next Tuesday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

After Losing GOP Endorsement, Essex County DA Considers Future

Essex County District attorney Ronald Briggs says he's still deciding whether to seek re-election. Briggs, a three-term incumbent, lost the endorsement of the county's...  Go to full article

NY to Crackdown on Internet Cigarette Sales

The State Tax Commissioner says the Pataki Administration will crack down on residents who buy tax-free cigarettes over the Internet on web sites run by Native American...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Target "Modem Hijacking"

Two Majority Party state legislators are sponsoring a bill to crack down on Internet scammers who use people's modems to make illegal long distance telephone calls. Karen...  Go to full article

Assembly Releases Final Report on Death Penalty Statute

The State Assembly released a final report on hearings it held recently on whether to reinstate New York's death penalty statute. The report raises questions but draws no...  Go to full article

Empire Zones Renewed, With Safeguards

As a part of the budget, lawmakers agreed to extend one of the state's main economic development programs. The Empire Zones program gives more than 9,000 businesses tax...  Go to full article

Legislature Adopts First On-time State Budget in 21 Years

For the first time in 21 years, the New York State legislature met the deadline for passing a state budget. But Governor Pataki warns there is still work ahead. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Environmental Protection Fund Could Affect Domtar Deal

There's still no final word on a $150 million environmental protection fund. The legislature had stripped the line out of its budget as it pushed to meet the April first...  Go to full article

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