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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 18, 2014 — As the president prepares to travel to Asia, the White House says a trade deal would boost U.S. exports. But opponents say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hurt the environment and U.S. jobs.
Apr 18, 2014 — Chelsea's parents — Bill and Hillary — sent out tweets confirming the news. The former president wrote that he's excited to add a new line to his Twitter bio: grandfather to be.
Apr 18, 2014 — President Obama said enrollment under the Affordable Care Act reached 8 million after the deadline was extended by 2 weeks. The figure represents a turnaround from the disastrous debut of the website.
Apr 18, 2014 — In her memoir, A Fighting Chance, Warren reveals a childhood brush with bankruptcy and reflects on hard-won political lessons.
Apr 17, 2014 — The president has visited Prince George's County, Md., four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African-American majority. It also happens to be very close to the White House.

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.

114th Assembly Race Undecided, Democrats Flex Muscles

Election officials in Clinton and Franklin counties are still counting absentee ballots in the 114th district Assembly race. The margin between incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff and Democratic challenger Bernie Bassett has tightened to fewer than 1700 votes. Roughly roughly four thousand ballots remain to be counted. Bassett says he hopes he'll pull ahead and will wait until the vote is certified next week. Ortloff is already back in Albany and says he's confident that he'll be re-elected. This race is tighter than most observers expected. Democrats also held the River District in St. Lawrence County and taking control of the Franklin County legislature. Speaking yesterday with Brian Mann, Ortloff said this election was a wake-up call for North Country for Republicans.  Go to full article

Defining "Moral Values"

The pivotal role of so-called 'moral values' in the presidential election has sparked a national debate on what the term means. Over the weekend, Karl Rove, President Bush's senior political adviser, said on Fox News it gives the President a mandate to ban marriage of same-sex couples nationwide. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean told a Dartmouth College crowd Sunday that Democrats must do a better job at "sticking to their own values" rather than becoming more conservative. David Sommerstein asked people at The Place restaurant in Ogdensburg what 'moral values' means to them and how those beliefs may affect future elections.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Budget Reform and Pay Raises

State lawmakers are trying to squelch rumors that they may vote themselves a pay raise when the newly re-elected Senators and Assembly members return for a session before the end of the year. But talk about a salary increase proposal that could include some reforms, is continuing to grow. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Plan For Emergency Towers in Adirondacks Clears Hurdle

Officials in Saratoga County have moved a step closer to winning approval for a new emergency communications system in the southern Adirondacks. The plan calls for 90-foot...  Go to full article

Bush Victory Seen as Boost for NY Republicans

Karen DeWitt looks at how President Bush's re-election has consequences for nearly every top politician in the state.  Go to full article

Reform Groups Hold Lawmakers to Their Promises

Now that most of the legislature has been safely re-elected to another two-year term, many are wondering whether the reform agenda that many Senators and Assembly members...  Go to full article

Democrats Fare Better in NY than in Nation

Democrats in the State Senate picked up two seats from the Republican Majority, and two more Republican Senators remain locked in races that are too close to call. The...  Go to full article

A Divided Nation: Not Such a Bad Thing

The Bush administration says it's been given a mandate at the polls and is promising to pursue its agenda on taxes and Iraq. President Bush says he's seeking the "broad...  Go to full article
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine

Aubertine Holds 'River District' With Ease

In the 118th Assembly District in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, first-term incumbent Darrel Aubertine pulled out a wider than expected victory over Republican...  Go to full article

Ortloff Leads In 114th, Sayward Dominates in 113th

A bitter race for the 114th assembly district ended with harsh words last night from both candidates. Incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff declared victory and slammed the...  Go to full article

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