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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 22, 2014 — On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.
Apr 22, 2014 — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee offers an update on the deadly mudslides near the town of Oso in March. President Obama is visiting Oso on Tuesday.
Apr 22, 2014 — The White House named Neil Eggleston its new top lawyer. He'll have to muster his legal and political skills to deal with a divided Congress and multiple investigations of the Obama's administration.
Apr 22, 2014 — A handful of states are about to lose decades of clout and seniority in Congress. Which one will be hardest hit of all? Michigan.
Apr 22, 2014 — Terri Lynn Land, a Republican running for Senate in Michigan, says she knows more about being a woman than the male Democratic congressman who's attacking her.

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.

Voting Reform Supporters Rally in Albany

State lawmakers are required by federal law to modernize voting procedures in New York. The law is in response to the problems with the 2000 Presidential election. Activists rallied at the Capitol to insist that the legislature buy new voting machines that leave a paper record as well as an electronic record of votes cast. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Urged to Approve Budget Reform

Government reform groups are urging Governor Pataki to sign into law a budget reform bill passed by the legislature. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Stem Cell Research

New York State legislators left Albany in June with a lot of unfinished business, including the state budget. One item still on the list of some lawmakers is a bill to encourage stem cell research in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Asked to Review Budget Before Approving It

A fiscal watchdog group is asking state lawmakers to take a pledge. The Citizens Budget Commission wants Senators and Assembly members to promise that they will actually read...  Go to full article

NY Appeals Court Rules Against "Race-inos"

A mid-level appeals court has struck down part of a 2001 law that authorized new video lottery gaming casinos at racetracks around New York State. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Critics Blast Seaway Study in Clayton

Last night in Clayton, more than 200 people had a clear message for the directors of a comprehensive study of the St. Lawrence Seaway system: don't dredge deeper and wider...  Go to full article

Clinton and McHugh Together for a North Country Tour

There's no doubt about it - Hillary Clinton has star power. The senator drew crowds inside and outside at the Remington Museum in Ogdensburg - the middle stop of a North...  Go to full article
McHugh and Clinton visit a farm near Fulton

Clinton, McHugh Announce Rural Economic Package

After Ogdensburg, the pair headed south to a dairy farm in Oswego County. Clinton and McHugh talked about a fix for the way farmers are paid for their milk. The current...  Go to full article
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Military Flyovers: From Controversy to Collaboration

In the 1980s, low-level military flights elicited passionate reactions and often rancorous debate. It got so bad then-Governor Mario Cuomo created a joint citizen-military...  Go to full article

"Rooftop Highway," Seaway Top Transportation Needs

At a public hearing in Watertown yesterday, state and local officials submitted their wishes for New York's 20-year master plan for transportation. The Rooftop Highway to...  Go to full article

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