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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 — 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.
Apr 18, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the breakthrough Ukraine deal and the new health care enrollment numbers.

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.

Pataki Vows to Veto Elements of NY Budget

Even with a state budget approved by the Legislature, the ill will between Republican Governor George Pataki and Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues. Pataki says he's never seen the Assembly so fiscally irresponsible. Silver counters that he's simply correcting the faulty state budget proposed by the governor. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.  Go to full article

Tax Reimbursements for Adirondacks

Local towns and school districts in the Adirondacks and Catskills will share $1.9 million in tax relief under the new state budget. The money will reimburse communities in St. Lawrence, Franklin, and Essex Counties for property tax breaks on land used for timber production. For more on this and other aspects of the new state budget, David Sommerstein spoke with State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury. She says Governor Pataki has supported $3.3 million in property tax reimbursements.  Go to full article

Assembly Moves to Override Pataki's Minimum Wage Veto

The New York State Assembly moved to override Governor Pataki's veto of a bill to increase the state's minimum wage. The Senate will not follow the Assembly's lead this week, and its uncertain whether an override will be held in the upper house at a later date. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Poll: Voters Dissatisfied With the NY Senate and Assembly

In the week that the New York State Legislature is passing its latest state budget in history, a new poll finds Governor Pataki and the legislature's popularity at near all...  Go to full article

Bush Acid Rain Plan Draws Fire From Enviros and NY GOP

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency visited the Adirondacks yesterday to address a water quality conference at Paul Smiths College. Michael Leavitt says the Bush...  Go to full article

Months Late, NY Lawmakers Finally Move on Budget

The New York State legislature finally began passing the latest budget in state history. The Senate and Assembly approved the first bill, which includes over $750 million...  Go to full article

Clinton Criticizes Republicans over Power Grid Reform

This Saturday marks one year since the northeast, including much of the North Country, went dark in the nation's largest blackout. New York senator Hillary Clinton yesterday...  Go to full article

Voting Reform Groups Visit Albany

Government Reform groups say the legislature's inability to agree on federally mandated voting procedure reform might result in confusion at the polls and the...  Go to full article

Budget Talks Continue in Albany

Governor Pataki says he's concerned that a state budget plan developed by the legislature will spend too much money. The Senate and Assembly moved toward passage of the...  Go to full article

State Budget Debate Continues

In recent days, the state has broken the record for the latest state budget in history, and an academic study has found New York's legislature to be the most dysfunctional in...  Go to full article

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