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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 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.
Apr 15, 2014 — Topping the list of the former GOP presidential candidate's creditors is an air charter company called Moby Dick Airways. The second biggest creditor? Newt Gingrich himself.

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 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 machine leaves a paper trail. It would also make Election Day a national holiday. Clinton hopes it'll provide money and direction to New York - which has only a year to replace thousands of aging machines around the state. Greg Warner reports.  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 decision to appeal a judge's ruling that said schools need more state funding. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

A Comic Strip Critique of the War on Terrorism

In the weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the climate of ardent patriotism made it difficult for critics of the Bush Administration to speak out. One of the few voices of dissent during that time was New York City based artist David Rees. Rees has been drawing his comic strip Get Your War On for the three and a half years since then. He has two books out and the strip is now a regular feature in Rolling Stone magazine. Rees spoke Wednesday at St. Lawrence University, where several prints of the comic strip are on display through tomorrow. David Sommerstein caught up with him. Please note, there is one bleeped-out profanity in this story.  Go to full article

North Country Educators Worry About More Funding For NYC

A state court has ordered New York's legislature to spend 5.6 billion dollars more each year to improve New York City's crumbling public schools. Governor George Pataki has...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Want More Power During Budget Talks

The New York State Assembly has approved an amendment that supporters say will restore the balance of power back from the governor to the legislature when crafting state...  Go to full article

Watertown to Maine Corridor in Highway Bill

A four-lane highway between Watertown and Plattsburgh is a part of a grand plan in Congress to connect northern New York with northern Maine. As David Sommerstein reports,...  Go to full article

Community Block Grants Funding May be Cut

The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant is federal money earmarked specifically for community development in less populated areas. The North Country has received...  Go to full article

Reaction to CFE Ruling is Mixed

Reaction in Albany to a court decision to give New York City's schools billions of additional dollars was divided along party lines. Monday evening, a judge ruled that...  Go to full article

Lawmaker Calls for Reform of the State Subsidy Program

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says Governor Pataki's economic development agency has awarded taxpayer-funded grants to at least one company that specializes in outsourcing jobs...  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Remains Controversial

This month, St. Lawrence Seaway officials will announce the opening date for the shipping season. The decision is always a controversial one. As David Sommerstein reports,...  Go to full article

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