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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 17, 2014 — The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
Apr 16, 2014 — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing more of his considerable fortune to getting gun safety laws passed. The initiative will support a grass-roots effort that seeks to enlist women.
Apr 16, 2014 — Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges.
Apr 16, 2014 — Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
Apr 15, 2014 — President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.

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.

NY Lawmakers Encouraged by Budget Talks

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders say that less than a month before the state budget is due, they are making progress on reaching an agreement, but they admit there are many thorny issues that remain unresolved. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Stem Cell Rally in Albany

A rally to promote stem cell research was held at the Capitol, in an attempt to persuade Governor Pataki and Senate Republicans to join with Assembly Democrats to work to encourage the research in New York. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Gambling Opponents Criticize Senate Casino Hearings

Anti-gambling activists say the state Senate is excluding them from hearings on whether to build five new gambling casinos in the Catskills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Faces Criticism in the Middle of His 3rd Term

Governor Pataki, in office for ten years, has not been having the best political luck lately. Karen DeWitt takes a look at how Governor Pataki is being perceived, in the...  Go to full article

Governor and Lawmakers Face Crucial Budget Deadline

This week, Governor Pataki and legislative leaders need to meet an important deadline, if they are going to break a twenty-year cycle and finally achieve an on time state...  Go to full article

Pataki's Budget Criticized

A coalition of unions, religious groups and advocates for the poor are proposing an alternative to Governor Pataki's budget. They say the governor relies too heavily on...  Go to full article

Hevesi Warns Pataki Budget Plan Carries Long-term Risks

The State's Comptroller predicts that New York's budget deficit could grow to $11 billion dollars in the next couple of years, if steps aren't taken to curb spending and...  Go to full article

Lawuit Filed Over Closed Door Meetings in Albany

Two state lawmakers are suing the trio that's become known as "three-men-in-a-room", Governor Pataki, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno,...  Go to full article

Clinton Introduces Count Every Vote Act

Democratic Leaders in the U.S. House and Senate, including New York Senator Hillary Clinton, yesterday introduced the Count Every Vote Act. The bill would insure every voting...  Go to full article

Pataki Urged to Drop his Appeal of School Funding Lawsuit

Education advocates say they'll bombard Governor Pataki and the legislature with e-mails and phone calls over the next few days, to voice their displeasure with Pataki's...  Go to full article

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