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I'm loving Politico's brand new Morning Agriculture column. If you want a quick and easy way to keep up with farm and agriculture policy news, with a deep-politics, inside-the-Beltway focus, this is the read for you, too. The column comes...
A friend sent me a jaunty video about the U.S./ Canada border this past week. It doesn’t break new ground or anything like that, but it’s pretty interesting. Raise your hand if you thought the U.S./Canada border mostly followed the 49th...
The Environmental Working Group's report that billionaires, including the founders of Microsoft, DISH Network, and Chick-Fil-A, received farm subsidies caught fire last week. Most every media outlet reported on the report, including The Dirt. ...
The big news in the agriculture world yesterday was the Associated Press' investigation making the case that President Obama's policy supporting ethanol production has been a disaster for the environment. According to the report, the...
In New Orleans last Friday, President Obama said Congress' top priority right now should be getting a Farm Bill done, finally: “Congress needs to pass a farm bill that helps rural communities grow and protects vulnerable Americans,” Obama...
Dec 4, 2013 — The debate over immigration overhaul is at a standstill in Congress, but activists continue their push to keep the issue in the news. Lobbyists and business leaders have pressed House lawmakers to take action before the end of the year. The Senate passed a bill earlier.
Dec 4, 2013 — It's more than likely that overhauling immigration will not happen this year. Congress has only nine working days left in 2013. And it appears, the issue will not be resolved next year either.
Dec 4, 2013 — The Obama administration is renewing its sales push for the president's signature health care law. On Wednesday, officials host a "youth summit" at the White House, where young people will be encouraged to sign up for insurance coverage. Their participation is crucial to help balance out the cost of insuring older, sicker people.
Dec 4, 2013 — On Capitol Hill, the House wants to cut food stamps, or SNAP benefits, by $40 billion over 10 years. The Senate wants to cut $4 billion. Our Planet Money team explains the cuts involve complicated legal maneuvers — or what some people call loopholes.
Dec 4, 2013 — House and Senate negotiators are meeting to reconcile their two different versions of a new farm bill. If they don't reach agreement, the nation faces going over "the dairy cliff" - a reversion to 1949 farm policy that would cause a big spike in milk prices.
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.
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.
Campaign finance information broken down by industry, region,
etc., for mostly federal politicans. An excellent starting
point for following
money in politics.
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