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Voting Machine Vendors Spend Big Bucks in NY

2005 will be the year the controversial debate over electronic voting machines comes to New York. Under the federal Help America Vote Act, New York has to replace its old lever-action voting machines in time for the 2006 elections. New York is expected to receive $100 million to help buy the new machines. Companies that make them are spending lots of money to get noticed in Albany. According to a report released yesterday by Common Cause New York, voting machine vendors spent more than $850,000 lobbying on bills pending in the state legislature. David Sommerstein spoke with Rachel Leon, Common Cause New York's executive director. She says among the top spenders are nationally-known companies.  Go to full article
A 1-8 Cavalry soldier drives through the Abu Dasheer neighborhood of Baghdad's Al Rashid district.  Photos by Bill Putnam
A 1-8 Cavalry soldier drives through the Abu Dasheer neighborhood of Baghdad's Al Rashid district. Photos by Bill Putnam

Election Night on Patrol in Baghdad

While the country was glued to the radio or TV on election night earlier this month, thousands of American soldiers stationed in Iraq were going about their regular duties. Among them was Corporal Bill Putnam, a photojournalist with the Army's 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. I met Putnam when I reported from Kosovo in 2002. He's been sending me audio diaries of his experiences in Iraq. On election night, Putnam was on patrol in the Abu Dasheer neighborhood of Baghdad.  Go to full article

Red Meets Blue: Productive Polarization In America

Maps of America after Election Day showed a country divided along regional, and many say, ideological, lines. But division and polarization aren't necessarily bad, according to Potsdam political scientist Phil Neisser. Neisser is in the middle of a book about disagreement. He traces its historical causes, and addresses what's happening now: anger, polarization and fear, but also a new movement toward dialog. He told Martha Foley his working title is "Disagreement in America, and Why We Need More Of It".  Go to full article

Kerry's Defeat Humbling For Region's Peace Activists

In the final weeks of the presidential campaign, Senator John Kerry expressed deep doubts about the war in Iraq. The anti-war movement -- including groups here in the north country -- rallied to support the Democrat. But their effort to defeat President George Bush failed. Though he lost in New York state and Vermont, President Bush won both the nation's popular vote and the electoral college. Polls show that, for many Americans, terrorism and moral values outweighed concerns about the war in Iraq. Many peace activists say last week's vote was devastating. As North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports, organizers here in the region are now looking to pick up the pieces.  Go to full article

Greens React to Bush Re-election

Environmental groups worry that the Bush administration will further dismantle environmental protection laws during its next term. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  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

114th Assembly Race Undecided, Democrats Flex Muscles

Election officials in Clinton and Franklin counties are still counting absentee ballots in the 114th district Assembly race. The margin between incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff and Democratic challenger Bernie Bassett has tightened to fewer than 1700 votes. Roughly roughly four thousand ballots remain to be counted. Bassett says he hopes he'll pull ahead and will wait until the vote is certified next week. Ortloff is already back in Albany and says he's confident that he'll be re-elected. This race is tighter than most observers expected. Democrats also held the River District in St. Lawrence County and taking control of the Franklin County legislature. Speaking yesterday with Brian Mann, Ortloff said this election was a wake-up call for North Country for Republicans.  Go to full article

Defining "Moral Values"

The pivotal role of so-called 'moral values' in the presidential election has sparked a national debate on what the term means. Over the weekend, Karl Rove, President Bush's senior political adviser, said on Fox News it gives the President a mandate to ban marriage of same-sex couples nationwide. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean told a Dartmouth College crowd Sunday that Democrats must do a better job at "sticking to their own values" rather than becoming more conservative. David Sommerstein asked people at The Place restaurant in Ogdensburg what 'moral values' means to them and how those beliefs may affect future elections.  Go to full article

Bush Victory Seen as Boost for NY Republicans

Karen DeWitt looks at how President Bush's re-election has consequences for nearly every top politician in the state.  Go to full article

Reform Groups Hold Lawmakers to Their Promises

Now that most of the legislature has been safely re-elected to another two-year term, many are wondering whether the reform agenda that many Senators and Assembly members campaigned on will actually become law. One majority party legislative leader is pledging commitment to change, and reform groups say they'll hold him and other lawmakers to their promises. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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