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I had a couple of experiences over the weekend that got me thinking about the fundamental narrative shaping modern conservatism, namely the idea that big government is, by its very nature, an entity that gravitates toward oppression. Thinkers on the...
President Barack Obama just destroyed the Republican Party for its fickle, muddled and ultimately incoherent stand on the fiscal cliff. It’s likely that the White House will make the GOP look stupid, weak or worse yet, radical again over the...
Most of us who have lived in New York state — let alone the Adirondack Park — knows what it’s like to get tangled up in weird, confusing and costly regulations. A few months ago, I listened to the owner of a new liquor store talk...
This is the third post in a series (check out part one here and part two here) that explores the question of whether America’s wealthiest citizens should pay more as we wrestle with our Leviathan budget deficit. Today I want to take on a big...
News stories tagged with "government"
Jan 20, 2005 — State Comptroller Alan Hevesi yesterday gave a clean bill of health to the binational authority that operates the Thousand Islands Bridge and Boldt Castle. The positive audit comes as scandals have rocked other New York State authorities. Governor Pataki has promised to overhaul the system. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jan 12, 2005 — Another of Governor Pataki's state authorities has come under fire for poor management and inappopriate spending. In an audit released yesterday, state comptroller Alan Hevesi slammed the New York Racing Association for wasting more than a million dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the comptroller's office has also begun an audit of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. Go to full article
by Karen Kelly
Dec 01, 2004 — Prime Minister Paul Martin says Canada and the U-S will work together to improve security between the two countries. The P-M made the comments after meeting with President Bush yesterday. President Bush received a boisterous ovation at a state dinner in his honor last night in Gatineau, Quebec. He praised Canada as a loyal and close friend. At least 10 anti-Bush demonstrators were arrested during brief clashes with riot police in Ottawa yesterday. Scuffles broke out as dozens of police in riot gear and gas masks used shields to hold back protesters. The clashes marred a day of otherwise peaceful protests. Reporter Karen Kelly talked to people on the streets of Ottawa about the visit and their hopes for U.S.-Canada relations. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Nov 22, 2004 — 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
Mar 19, 2003 — Voters went to the polls across the region on Tuesday to elect local officials. Many races were uncontested and, in general, turn-out was light. Brian Mann has this survey of some of the more interesting results. Go to full article
Jan 30, 2003 — Governor George Pataki says his budget will avoid "job-killing" tax increases. But critics of the spending plan say it's filled with hidden taxes and fee hikes that could total one and a half billion dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the spending plan could also force school districts to raise property taxes. Go to full article
Oct 01, 2002 — Congress is considering President George W. Bush's request for the use of military force against Iraq. At the same time, retired generals and former weapons inspectors are adding their voices to those of peace groups who urge diplomatic solutions over military ones. Commentaor Bernie Lammers, professor of government at St. Lawrence University, sees the question in a larger context of policy decision made by the current administration. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Aug 07, 2002 — The soft economy has caused fiscal troubles for local governments across New York, including New York City and Buffalo. Now Monroe County, where the city of Rochester is located, is experiencing budget problems so severe that the county executive has threatened to close the county's parks. Karen DeWitt reports on a growing trend that many believe will only grow worse in the near future. Go to full article