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The only real path that Senate Republicans have to maintaining their majority into 2013 is for them to draw their own lines.

Redistricting the elephant in the room in Albany

One of the biggest issues facing state lawmakers in 2012 is the redrawing of electoral district lines.
New lines are drawn after every U.S. Census and typically reflect the political power structure of the state legislature, bolstering sitting majorities. As Karen DeWitt reports, the topic has been the elephant in the room during much of this year. Gov Andrew Cuomo has repeated threats to veto any lines that are gerrymandered and drawn in a partisan manner.  Go to full article
What is the rush? The gas is there, itís not going anywhere.

Environmental and government reform groups call for more time in hydrofracking comment period

More than 70 environmental and government reform groups are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo's Environmental Department to extend to six months the amount of time for public comments on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Common Cause Releases Report on the Cost of Campaigns

The government reform group Common Cause has found that political campaigns are more expensive than ever, and are funded by a small number of special interest groups and the rich. They say the system discourages participation from average New Yorkers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Convenes for One-Day Session

Government reform groups are urging the state Senate to take up lobbying reform when the Senate returns to Albany for a one day session on Tuesday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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