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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 23, 2014 — Does Rep. Allyson Schwartz's pro-Affordable Care Act television ad signal a new thinking among Democrats running in statewide races?
Apr 23, 2014 — The Safe Carry Protection Act, known to critics as the "guns everywhere bill," was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. It is considered among the most permissive such measures in the country.
Apr 23, 2014 — The president is on the first stop in an eight-day trip to Asia that also will see him visit Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.
Apr 23, 2014 — The Obama administration announced Wednesday that federal inmates serving long sentences for drug offenses will be eligible to apply for clemency if they meet six major criteria.
Apr 23, 2014 — Guest restrictions and increased security measures are looming as Michelle Obama plans to appear at a Kansas high school graduation next month. Thousands have petitioned to revoke her invitation.

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.

State of State: Sen. Little Backs Reform, Questions Budget Numbers

Governor Pataki's state of the state address included a long list of new initiatives and proposals. The Governor didn't address a looming 6-billion dollar budget deficit. State senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury who represents the Champlain Valley and much of the Adirondacks, says she likes many of the ideas unveiled on Wednesday. But Little says she wants to see a spending plan that adds up. She spoke this week with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

SUNY Chancellor Floats Regular Tuition Hike

The head of the State University of New York system yesterday proposed a new levying of tuition increases. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Pentagon Considers More National Guard Call-ups

Hundreds of North Country soldiers with the National Guard's 2nd of the 108th infantry battalion have just returned from Iraq. The Pentagon is now considering a policy that could require National Guardsmen to serve multiple deployments -- some lasting as long as two years. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Citizens Rally for Reform in Albany

In his State of the State message, Governor George Pataki listed a seven-point plan to reform some of the dysfunction in Albany. At a rally attended by a diverse array of...  Go to full article

NY Gov. Pataki Delivers Annual State of the State Message

Governor George Pataki delivered his 11th State of the State message Wednesday, and said he'd continue to build on his accomplishments during his ten years in office. The...  Go to full article

NNY Senators Respond to State of the State Address

Northern New York's Senators, all Republicans, were with the governor in spirit yesterday. Senators Jim Wright of Watertown and Ray Meier of Utica praised the address and the...  Go to full article

Pataki Faces Tough Challenges in 2005

Governor George Pataki delivers his 11th State of the State message today at 1pm. The Governor begins the new year facing a number of challenges, including a $6 billion...  Go to full article

Albany Reformers Call For Change in 2005

New York's legislative session gets under way this week, and reform groups have put Governor George Pataki and the legislature on notice. They say they'll be watching to...  Go to full article

Coalition Calls For Gambling Moratorium

Among the top issues on Governor Pataki's agenda in 2005 will be forging ahead on building native-owned casinos in the Catskills. The Governor says the gaming resorts will...  Go to full article

A New Blueprint for School Aid in NY

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, the New York State School Boards Association and teachers unions are writing a bill that would change the way New York State distributes...  Go to full article

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