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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.

Hospitals Urge Lawmakers to Reject Governor's Budget Plans

The head of a New York hospital association predicts that up to 30 hospitals around the state could close if Governor Pataki's budget proposal were to become law. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Faisal Ghazi Faisal aims for 2006 Olympics

Olympic Dreams for an Iraqi Sled Racer

While millions of Iraqis were voting Sunday, one of their countrymen was competing in Lake Placid. Faisal Ghazi Faisal, who grew up in Baghdad, raced in the America's cup "skeleton" sled race. The 24-year-old hopes to become the first Iraqi ever to compete in the Winter Olympic Games next year. As Brian Mann reports, Faisal sees his dream as a small part of Iraq's return to normalcy.  Go to full article

Critics Ask Health Dept for Medical Error Tracking System

A coalition of medical consumer groups says New York Health Commissioner Antonia Novello has failed to live up to a promise to cut medical errors in New York in half in five years. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Dems Critical of Pataki's Hospital Closure Plan

Governor Pataki wants to create a commission to close hospitals and nursing homes around the state, but Assembly Democrats say the bill he's submitted would result in a rapid...  Go to full article
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)

State Audit Slams ORDA Board For Lax Oversight

New York's comptroller released an audit yesterday slamming the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA manages Olympic Venues in Lake Placid and also operates ski...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Debate Rules Reform

Senate Democrats will be holding hearings in the coming weeks to complain about new rules adopted by Majority Party Republicans, which the Democrats say are unfair. Karen...  Go to full article

Pataki Again Expected to Appeal NYC School Funding Order

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says Governor Pataki will appeal, once again, a court order that says the state must give New York City schools an additional $5.6...  Go to full article

Enviros Tracking Bush's Environmental Actions

The big environmental groups are assessing President George W. Bush's record on the environment. Mostly, they're giving him poor marks. But after the Bush win in November,...  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's aging jail

Counties Bear Burden of Incarceration

The population in New York's county jails is rising fast, by almost 25% in the last five years. It comes at a time when state officials are pressuring counties to close...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Hear From Both Sides of The Death Penalty Issue

The New York Assembly is holding public hearings as it decides what should be done next with capital punishment legislation. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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