From NCPR Blogs:
Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum resigned today. He was arrested yesterday on 14 charges including fraud, breach of trust, conspiracy, and municipal corruption.
In a press conference this afternoon, Applebaum told reporters that he’s innocent...
The farm bill never used to be this controversial. For decades, the drill went like this. Conservatives representing rural districts wanted subsidies for agriculture; liberals representing urban districts wanted money for food stamps for...
Former Massachusetts governor and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci died on Saturday from complications of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Cellucci is being lauded as a down-to-earth, forthright speaker. (The word...
Connecticut made headlines last week for passing the nation’s first GMO labeling law. It would mean that foods containing genetically modified organisms would need to be labeled as such before being sold in the state. But Connecticut’s law only...
In a post on The Dirt a few weeks ago, I commented on an article in Salon.com about the movement toward home cooking, and whether it was a call to women to get back in the kitchen. Emily Matcher’s Salon article provocatively asked, “Is Michael...
Jun 19, 2013 — The National Security Agency director made the rounds again on Capitol Hill to defend two surveillance programs leaked to the press. Gen. Keith Alexander appeared before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, along with other members of the intelligence community and FBI. The government says its Internet monitoring program and the collection of phone logs have stopped more than 50 terrorist attacks.
Jun 19, 2013 — The conventional shorthand for the IRS scandal is that employees "targeted" conservative groups for extra scrutiny in the applications for tax-exempt status. Except, as an inspector general's report showed, it wasn't just conservative groups that got the extra scrutiny. Plenty of liberal groups had to produce extensive documentation answer dozens of questions, too.
Jun 19, 2013 — Members of Congress are pushing the Justice Department to preserve flights to small- and medium-sized cities from Reagan National Airport amid a review of the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines. Changes there could affect flights for lawmakers themselves.
Jun 18, 2013 — The legislation is one of the most far-reaching abortion bills in decades and follows the May murder convictions of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. The bill, which would ban nearly all abortions starting 20 weeks after fertilization, is unlikely to ever become law.
Jun 18, 2013 — House Speaker John Boehner strongly suggested he would abide by the Hastert rule on immigration legislation, meaning no floor vote unless a majority of House Republicans backed the bill.
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