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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.

New Political Dynamics in "River District"

On Election Day, first-term Democratic Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine faces a challenge from Watertown businessman Republican Scott Gray in the 118th district. It's also called the 'River District' because it runs along the St. Lawrence River in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties. Both candidates are from Jefferson County and both ran for the seat two years ago. But as David Sommerstein reports, some key differences this time around make the race tough to call.  Go to full article

State Democrats Spend Big For 114th Assembly Race

Democrats in Albany are pouring big campaign money into a north country assembly race. According to the Plattsburgh Press Republican newspaper, Challenger Bernie Bassett has received more than 190 thousand dollars in support from the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Locals Speak Out Against Land Claim Deal

The St. Lawrence County legislature is expected to oppose a proposed settlement of the 22-year old Mohawk land claim. Legislators complain they weren't consulted before the deal was made public. At a finance committee meeting last night, lawmakers put off taking formal action against the deal. According to the Watertown Daily Times, the full Board will consider a resolution and a list of concerns about the settlement on Monday.
The agreement between three Mohawk councils and Governor Pataki still must be approved by tribal members by referendum on November 27th. The leaders of towns in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties that would be affected by the settlement are also speaking out. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Religious Leaders Blame Conservatives for Legislative Bottleneck

A group of religious leaders is calling on the New York State Senate to pass four bills that they say are being bottled up because right-wing conservatives don't like the...  Go to full article
John Zogby speaking at the Foreign Press Center

Pollster John Zogby at SUNY Potsdam: The Armageddon Election

John Zogby, president and CEO of Zogby International, the noted political polling organization, spoke at SUNY Potsdam on October 25, 2004, as an American Democracy Project...  Go to full article

Officials Urge NY Pharmacies to Post Drug Prices

After consumer groups complained that uninsured New Yorkers are paying too much for their prescription drugs at some pharmacies in the state, the agency that regulates...  Go to full article

Pataki Signs Disability Rights Law

Disabled rights advocates say Governor Pataki has signed a bill to help disabled people in nursing homes live on their own. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Study: High Drug Prices in NY

A study by consumer groups has found that prescription drug prices vary greatly from pharmacy to pharmacy in New York. The study also finds that drug prices in the state are...  Go to full article

Schumer Debates Challengers in Ithaca

Senator Charles Schumer largely ignored his two challengers in a debate held at Cornell University last night. Far ahead in the polls, the senator focused on his record and...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Urge Pataki to Toughen Mercury Limits

Five years after Governor Pataki announced new rules to clamp down on pollution from power plants, environmentalists say the regulations have yet to fully take effect. Karen...  Go to full article

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