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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.

SUNY Chancellor Defends Plan to Raise Tuition

SUNY Chancellor Bob King defended his plan to raise tuition gradually at public colleges each year. King was grilled by state lawmakers examining Governor Pataki's state budget plan. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

McHugh Worried About Troop Strength

President Bush's proposed budget continues what Secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld calls the transformation of the Pentagon. It includes expansion of the Army and the Marines. But Congressman John McHugh is still concerned that the Army -- active, Guard and reserve - is stretched too thin. McHugh is chairman of the House Military Personnel Subcommittee. He's warned that the Army needs more people. He renewed that warning at the subcommittee's first hearing of this budget year late last week. In terse opening remarks, McHugh said "the need for increases...was strongly resisted by the Department of Defense until last year" when the Army and the DOD agreed that a temporary increase of 30,000 troops was needed. He told Martha Foley that was a start, but said, "clearly, problems continue."  Go to full article

Pataki Convenes Another Open Leaders' Meeting

Governor Pataki convened his second open leaders' meeting to try to break a 20 year streak of late state budgets. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Students Lobby NY Lawmakers Against Tuition Aid Cuts

Governor Pataki is proposing cuts to financial aid that would end funding assistance to some students for textbooks, food and rent. The change would affect over 1,000...  Go to full article

Spitzer: State Legislature Must Overhaul Voting System

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is urging state lawmakers to modernize voting in New York. He warns that without quick action New York could lose federal money and risk...  Go to full article

Students Angry Over Pataki's Tuition Aid Changes

A student group is asking Governor Pataki to make changes in his 30-day budget amendments to get rid of a tuition aid proposal that they say could cost poor students...  Go to full article

Will Lengthy NY Budget Meetings Make a Difference?

State lawmakers are holding lengthy budget hearings that sometimes last well into the evening. All sorts of interest and advocacy groups testify on every aspect of Governor...  Go to full article

NY Counties Get Tough on Medicaid

The New York Association of Counties, at its annual meeting in Albany, promised to get tough with state lawmakers who don't follow through on Medicaid reforms that they say...  Go to full article

Pataki Tries Open Budget Meeting

Governor Pataki convened the first open leaders meeting in ten years, to try to work with legislative leaders to finally achieve an on time state budget. Karen Dewitt...  Go to full article

State Health Commissioner Defends Pataki's Budget

Governor Pataki's Health Commissioner, Antonia Novello, was grilled by state legislators over some of the Governor's proposed budget cuts to the state's Medicaid program. ...  Go to full article

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