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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 17, 2014 — The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
Apr 16, 2014 — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing more of his considerable fortune to getting gun safety laws passed. The initiative will support a grass-roots effort that seeks to enlist women.
Apr 16, 2014 — Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges.
Apr 16, 2014 — Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
Apr 15, 2014 — President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.

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.

School Aid Reform Plan Unveiled

Last week, two of Albany's triumvirate broke with long standing tradition and decided to go public with their plans on a top policy matter. Governor George Pataki and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno released their proposals to reform the state's school aid system. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he'll issue his plan Tuesday. Some at the capitol wonder if this spells the beginning of the end of Albany's three-men-in-a-room tradition of secret meetings. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Worries About a Verizon Sale

State lawmakers and union leaders are concerned over the possible sale of Verizon's telephone landlines to speculative investors. They say phone service could severely deteriorate and many jobs could be lost. Karen DeWitt reports  Go to full article

Pataki Hopes to Spur Assembly Action on School funding

Governor Pataki decided to go public with his plan to reform education funding in New York State. The State's highest court has ordered the governor and legislature to reform school aide by July 30th. Assembly Democrats accused the governor of trying to steal attention away from their planned announcement on reform, due next week. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Proposed Section 8 Cuts Would Affect 200,000 New Yorkers

This week, we've been asking questions about what happens to families without a roof over their heads. Many turn to the government for help. "Section 8", the linchpin of...  Go to full article

Bruno Offers School Financing Plan

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno made public his plan to answer a court order that demands school aid reform in New York. Bruno's announcement comes just over two months...  Go to full article

Bills Would Crack Down on Dangerous Driving

At a press conference to announce the bills, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver also addressed a driving-related controversy; he denied newspaper allegations that he improperly...  Go to full article

Voting Reform on Track?

Disabled rights groups are cautiously optimistic about discussions between the NY Assembly and Senate on the purchase of accessible voting machines. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY School Funding Reformers says Lawmakers are Gridlocked

The group that successfully sued the state over the constitutionality of New York's school funding system is dissatisfied with the lack of progress so far by Governor Pataki...  Go to full article

NY Republicans Endorse Howard Mills for Senate

New York State's Republican Party members gathered in Syracuse to select a challenger to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who's seeking re-election. Candidate Howard Mills...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Want to Relieve Pain at the Pump

With New Yorkers paying record prices at the pump, lawmakers are urging various measures to ease the pinch.  Go to full article

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