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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.

Pataki Vetoes Minimum Wage Increase in New York

Governor George Pataki has vetoed a bill that would have gradually
increased the state's minimum wage to $7.15 cents an hour. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Today Marks Deadline for Reforming NY School Aid System

It looks like a court-imposed deadline of July 30th will come and go without Governor Pataki and the state legislature agreeing on how to fix the state's school aid system. But lawmakers have not given up hope. They say the real test will come early next week, which they believe is the last possible time they can reach a resolution. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Democrats Say They Will Compete For Rural Votes

Democrats wrap up their national convention this evening in Boston, where Massachusetts Senator John Kerry will accept his party's nomination. As the race for president shifts into high gear, much of the attention will focus on rural America. In recent years, Republicans have dominated politics in small towns. This year, Democrats thing they have a chance to compete. Brian Mann spoke with Stuart Brody, who's in Boston for the convention. Brody is party chair in Essex County and chairs New York's Democratic Rural Conference.  Go to full article

Campaign to Reform NY Legislature Underway

The group that issued a report naming the New York State legislature as the most dysfunctional in the nation now plans a campaign to convince lawmakers to change their ways. ...  Go to full article

Commentary: "Liberal" is Not a Dirty Word

As political campaigns become more active in the run up to the elections, political labels become increasingly prominent. One's opponent is a radical, an extremist, or...  Go to full article

Report: Most Community College Tuitions to Rise

The New York Public Interest Research Group found that New York's already higher than average community college costs are rising again, as school across the state raise...  Go to full article

Environmentalists say DEC Needs More Money, More Staff

Environmentalists say Governor Pataki's environmental agency is failing to adequately protect New York's air and water. They say many senior staff have been encouraged to...  Go to full article

DEC Shortfalls Affect Adirondacks, Businesses

In the Adirondacks, business owners, environmental activists, and DEC employees say lack of funding and personnel affects local projects. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Committee Blocks Pataki School Funding Bill

A special session called by Governor Pataki ended in failure as the State Assembly rejected the governor's plan to reform education aid as a "farce". Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Back in Session Today

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders agreed to an anti-terrorism measure, and approved a bill to increase the state's minimum wage, but did not come to agreement on the...  Go to full article

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