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Spitzer calls for change in State of the State speech

Three days into his term as Governor, Eliot Spitzer outlined a bold plan for Albany and statewide. During his hour-long state-of-the-state speech before a joint session of the legislature today, Spitzer put state government on notice that changes are in store. Spitzer laid out a blueprint that promises to reform Albany, improve the upstate economy, and upgrade roads and bridges without raising taxes. Jonathan Brown reviews the speech's highlights and North Country references.  Go to full article
Johnson and Mortensen work the crowd in Plattsburgh.
Johnson and Mortensen work the crowd in Plattsburgh.

Viggo stumps for Dr. Bob

Hollywood star power is trying to help a Democratic candidate oust Republican Congressman John McHugh. Actor and Watertown high school graduate Viggo Mortensen attended the first of three fundraisers for Dr. Robert Johnson last night in Plattsburgh. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Energy industry supports top NY politicians

Government reform groups tracked campaign contributions given by the energy industry to government officials. They found Governor George Pataki has received the most money, but that Democratic candidate for Governor, Eliot Spitzer, is a close second. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Candidates file campaign finance reports

Challengers to Eliot Spitzer in the New York Governor's race face a long uphill climb this summer, now that fundraising numbers show that the Democratic front runner has several million more dollars than his nearest opponents. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Near-Record Lobbying on Failed Olympic Stadium

A near record amount of money - almost $42 million - was spent on lobbying for the recently defeated West Side stadium proposal. Madison Square Garden and its owner, Cablevision, which opposed the project, outspent the New York Jets by a nearly two to one margin. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Lobbying Reform - in Some Form - on Albany's Agenda

Governor Pataki is pushing for a ban on lobbying before the end of the legislative session, but there are indications the legislature may opt instead for more disclosure of lobbying activities. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Ranks Lobbying Reform at Top of Agenda

Governor George Pataki says reform of lobbying practices and crime initiatives are some of his top priorities for the legislative session, which is set to end June 23. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Campaign Finance Reformers Regroup

The 2004 Election was the most expensive in U.S. history. There were more TV and radio ads than ever before. And there were 3 presidential debates, but the issue of campaign finance reform barely got a mention. Those who want to reduce the amount and influence of money in politics are re-grouping to bring their message back to the headlines. Joan Mandle is executive director of Democracy Matters, based at Colgate University, with chapters on college campuses nationwide. She told David Sommerstein the 2004 election makes campaign finance reform more important than ever.  Go to full article

Renewed Call for Campaign Finance Reform

Good government groups say political donations made by the real estate industry present new evidence for the need for reform. The campaign contributions were made as New York City's rent regulations are due to expire. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Jeff Graham at his bar, the Speakeasy.
Jeff Graham at his bar, the Speakeasy.

A North Country Assessment of Golisano

David Sommerstein talks with Independence Party executive committee member and former Watertown mayor Jeff Graham about Independence gubernatorial candidate Thomas Golisano's lighter than expected showing. Golisano spent more than $60 million on the campaign.  Go to full article

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