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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.

Lewis County Approves Canadian Pharmacy

Lewis County is joining a growing number of communities seeking to save money by buying prescription drugs from Canada. Lawmakers unanimously approved a plan to allow county employees to buy drugs from a pharmacy near Windsor, Ontario, called CanaRx. David Sommerstein spoke Bruce Krug, who chairs Lewis County's legislature. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says governments can't reimport drugs from Canada. But Krug says individuals can.  Go to full article

Environmental Groups Call for NY Funding Restoration

With Governor Pataki now at work on his budget for next year, a coalition of nearly 100 environmental groups is calling on him to restore funding for program that protect New York's environment.  Go to full article

Sorting Out Land Claim, Casino Deals

In the past month, Governor Pataki has announced four deals with native tribes to resolve land claims and build casino resorts in the Catskills. Three of those agreements are with tribes from outside New York. A fifth casino deal could pop up if the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe approves a proposed land claim settlement. The deals push the number of casino plans beyond the number approved by the legislature. The Governor wants the legislature to accommodate the new plans. Martha Foley talks with David Sommerstein to sort it all out.  Go to full article

SUNY Seeks Additional State Funds

The State University of New York will seek an increase in funding in Governor Pataki's budget next year. SUNY officials say the increase is needed just to maintain the...  Go to full article

NY Democrats Hold Hearing on Legislative Dysfunction

A hearing by Senate Democrats focused on dysfunction in legislative committees, and ways to make the committees more open to the public and to individual members. Karen...  Go to full article

Spitzer to Run for Governor in 2006

The first man to formally announce his candidacy for Governor of New York says "accountability" is what the state needs most. New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer paid...  Go to full article

NY Senate Leader Committed to Budget Reform

The leader of the Senate Republicans says he doesn't want to wait until next year to try to achieve budget reform. Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says he plans to negotiate...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Agree to Partial Reform of Drug Laws

The New York State Senate and Assembly have agreed on a partial reform of the state's Rockefeller Drug Laws. The lawmakers have been unable to reach an agreement with...  Go to full article

NY Senate Overrides Pataki's Minimum Wage Veto

New York's minimum wage will rise to $6 dollars an hour after the first of the year, now that the State Senate has overridden a veto by Governor George Pataki. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Reform Groups Raise Questions About State Contracts

A study by government reform groups raises questions about the relationship between the awarding of state contracts, and campaign contributions by successful vendors. Karen...  Go to full article

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