From NCPR Blogs:
Does any country “own” the North Pole? Might Santa Claus be Canadian?
Those aren’t Christmas-themed trivia questions. Canada is seriously making a case to claim a huge swath of territory at the top of the world. (Except for the...
It’s no surprise that these are challenging times for governmental postal systems. Costs and competition are up. Volume and revenue are down. Setting economics aside, it’s also difficult to find consensus on what taxpayers want from a...
Almost ten percent of the entire North Country flow of state development dollars will flow to one small village in the Adirondacks.
Under the plan unveiled today, Saranac Lake will receive $7.1 million to promote construction and redevelopment of...
It's the final days before winter vacation for the House of Representatives (I imagine their teachers are showing lots of movies, filling class time with holiday ornaments and gingerbread house-making, anything to keep these kids in...
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...
Dec 19, 2013 — After a decade of kicking the ball down the road, Congress appears ready to repeal its payment formula for Medicare and replace it with a whole new system. This time, doctors would be paid according to the quality of results they produce, rather than the number of services they provide.
Dec 18, 2013 — Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are pressing for the release of a so-called torture report on Bush-era interrogation practices. But there are several hurdles to clear before portions of the report might become declassified.
Dec 18, 2013 — The deal, with much less drama than past spending votes, is OK'd by a simple majority nearly a week after the House approved the measure.
Dec 18, 2013 — In a year that featured divisive fights over the budget, health care and presidential nominations, 65 members of the U.S. Senate took a break from partisan bickering Tuesday night to participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange.
Dec 18, 2013 — A panel appointed by President Obama to review U.S. surveillance activities has recommended that the NSA not be allowed to store Americans' phone records.
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