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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 19, 2014 — Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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.

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.

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 help resolve decades-old tribal land claims in New York and generate revenue to plug the wide budget gap. A new statewide coalition, including a North Country group, wants to stop the spread of all kinds of gambling in New York. As David Sommerstein reports, the groups will start by lobbying on the legislature's first day back in session.  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 school aid. The state is under court order to send more aid to struggling students in New York City. Karen DeWitt updates the school aid distribution case.  Go to full article
Mark Wilson at work

Barbed Pen of Saranac Lake Political Cartoonist Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson's political cartoons appear regularly on the editorial pages of newsapers around New York state, often catching the irony and absurdity of the day's news. Wilson lives and works in Saranac Lake. The internet allows him observe the political battles in Albany and New York City. His drawings also lampoon regional issues here in the North Country. Wilson sat down at his home this week with Brian Mann to talk about his work and the issues that inspire him to sharpen his pen.  Go to full article

Founding Fathers' Visions of Land and Stewardship Play Out Today

Arguments over how we use and protect the environment - whether about local burn barrels or Midwest power plants - are part of our everyday conversations. They are rarely...  Go to full article

Subpoenas Issued to Thruway Authority Staff

An Assembly Committee has issued subpoenas to top staff of the Thruway Authority, following a hearing into the sale of development rights along the Erie Canal for $30,000. ...  Go to full article

NY Senate Approves Budget Reform Bill

The New York State Senate met in a special session to pass a new one-house bill that would reform the state's budget process. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Proceed on Land Claim Deal

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe was awaiting word last night on a request to stay the 22-year old Mohawk land claim court case. The request comes after the traditional government...  Go to full article

NY Senate Debates Budget Reform

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says his house will meet in session Wednesday to act on budget reform legislation that may include overriding a veto by Governor...  Go to full article

Voting Machine Vendors Spend Big Bucks in NY

2005 will be the year the controversial debate over electronic voting machines comes to New York. Under the federal Help America Vote Act, New York has to replace its old...  Go to full article

NY Senate Returns to Albany

The New York State Senate returns Wednesday for another special session, this time to decide what to do to implement budget reform by the end of the year. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

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