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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...

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.

Lawmakers to Review NY Death Penalty Law

The New York State Assembly has announced it will hold hearings on whether to fix New York's death penalty law, which is in limbo following a decision by the state's highest court. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

North Country Dam Agency Draws Audit Rebuke

The state comptroller is slamming the Hudson River Black River Regulating District for mismanagement and possible corruption. The District manages dams and waterways stretch from the Fulton Chain and Indian Lake to the Hudson River and Great Sacandaga Lake. As Brian Mann reports, an audit issued yesterday found that the agency lacked proper checks and balances for its six-million dollar budget.  Go to full article
Investigators from a joint US-British bomb investigation team look at a bomb crater at a christian church for evidence Nov. 8.  The crater was 18 feet wide by 5 feet deep.  Photos by Bill Putnam.

In the 1st Person: Enforcing the Curfew in Baghdad

During the battle of Fallujah, insurgent attacks surged in the Al Rashid district of Baghdad, where Corporal Bill Putnam of the Army's 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment is stationed. Putnam is a photojournalist David Sommerstein met in Kosovo a couple years ago. In his words, insurgents could be flushed out of Fallujah and sipping tea in his neighborhood within an hour.

Yesterday he sent us an audio diary from a patrol the night of the U.S. elections. A couple days later he went out on patrol with the 1-8th Cavalry Division - or the "1-8 Cav" - to enforce the curfew imposed in Baghdad earlier this month. Here's Putnam's audio diary from that patrol.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Urged to Keep Campaign Promises

For the first time, conservative and progressive groups have come together to pressure state legislators to follow through with campaign promises to reform state government. ...  Go to full article
A 1-8 Cavalry soldier drives through the Abu Dasheer neighborhood of Baghdad's Al Rashid district.  Photos by Bill Putnam

Election Night on Patrol in Baghdad

While the country was glued to the radio or TV on election night earlier this month, thousands of American soldiers stationed in Iraq were going about their regular duties. ...  Go to full article

Partisanship in Albany Squeezes Some Libraries

When Governor Pataki vetoed portions of the state legislature's budget, he rejected extra aid to libraries around the state. Under a deal struck to avert an override vote,...  Go to full article

Red Meets Blue: Productive Polarization In America

Maps of America after Election Day showed a country divided along regional, and many say, ideological, lines. But division and polarization aren't necessarily bad, according...  Go to full article
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County Governments Oppose Mohawk Land Deal

Legislators in Frankln County voted unanimously Thursday to oppose a land claims settlement between the state and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. County officials say a ten...  Go to full article

NY Reaches Land Claim Settlement With Cayugas

Governor Pataki announced a land claim settlement today with the Cayuga Nation of New York. The deal gives the tribe a Catskills casino and at least 2,500 acres in the...  Go to full article

Senate Republicans Prioritize Reforms

Senate Republicans announced a list of reforms that they'll hold hearings on. Some re-elected Majority Party members criticized a report that found New York's legislature...  Go to full article

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