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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.

Bush's Budget Plan Could Hurt Rural Housing

President Bush's budget proposes consolidation of 18 housing and community development programs under a new Commerce Department umbrella. Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence County Housing Council director Fred Hanss, who warns the change could mean the loss of millions of dollars now used for rural housing and revitalization projects.  Go to full article

Pataki to Get Budget Help From Bush Administration

Governor Pataki wants the legislature to spend less money on health care in their budget, and now the governor says he has an incentive to get lawmakers to comply. Pataki says he's obtained new federal funds that will be distributed only if the legislature agrees to his Medicaid reform plans. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Conference Committee Approves Transportation Bond Act

A joint Senate and Assembly conference committee has agreed on a transportation bond act to put before voters in November. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Legislature has "Conceptual" Agreement on Budget

Leaders of the New York State Senate and Assembly announced that they have "conceptual" agreement on a state budget, as they began meeting in joint conference committees...  Go to full article

Lake Placid Elects New Mayor

Village elections were held in communities across the North Country last night. One of the most hard-fought races was in Lake Placid where current mayor Roby Politi decided...  Go to full article

State Budget Still Faces Many Hurdles

The New York State Senate and Assembly began voting on separate versions of a state budget plan Monday. The two houses and Governor Pataki have many areas of disagreement...  Go to full article

Conference Committee Considers State Budget

The state Assembly and Senate will convene a joint conference committee this morning to work on the state budget. The Republican-led Senate began passing budget bills...  Go to full article

Assembly Plan Would Cap Medicaid Costs Paid by Counties

New York state counties pay a higher share of Medicaid costs than any other state. The county share of Medicaid has doubled in the last ten years, from $3.5 billion in 1995...  Go to full article

Clinton Vows to Fight Medicaid Cuts

The Republican Congressional Majority has proposed cutting federal Medicaid spending by $15 billion dollars over the next 5 years - cuts even more drastic than President Bush...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Begin Non-stop Budget Talks

This week, lawmakers plan to start conference committees in the hopes of reaching an on-time budget agreement for the first time in 20 years. Karen DeWitt takes a look at...  Go to full article

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