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The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/32051524@N08/5194328403/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Public campaign financing is in Senate budget; what does it mean?

For the first time, New York's state Senate has included Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for public campaign financing in its budget resolution. The inclusion of public campaign financing would seem to signal an abrupt change of policy for Republicans, who co-lead the Senate. The GOP has long maintained that a matching small donor plan using public funds is a waste of the taxpayers' money, and would only lead to more annoying "robocalls."

The sparsely-worded provision, however, has raised many more questions than answers. It simply says that the Senate intends to "modify" Cuomo's proposal to "adopt a system of public campaign finance."  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Would Cuomo tax freeze plan hurt small business?

Both houses of the legislature are making changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax freeze plan in their budget proposals. And now, small business groups are speaking out, saying the proposal favors some homeowners, at their expense.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo:  Gov. Cuomo's office
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Senate Republicans fight Moreland Commission subpoenas

Republicans in the Senate, who are targets of subpoenas by Governor Cuomo's anti-corruption Moreland Act Commission, are fighting back in court.  Go to full article
"Voice of the people," part of motto over entrance to Milwaukee County Courthouse. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/reallyboring/2674764130/">Eric Allix Rogers</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
"Voice of the people," part of motto over entrance to Milwaukee County Courthouse. Photo: Eric Allix Rogers, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Listen: Ogdensburg reflects on the shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) People classified as essential government employees will continue to work but much of the federal government is shut down this morning in a budget impasse over the health care overhaul. In New York, the shutdown will idle thousands of workers -- including many at IRS and Army Corps of Engineers offices.

NCPR sent Zach Hirsch to the streets of Ogdensburg yesterday to gauge public opinion there on the impasse and the shutdown.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

Assembly GOP leader calls for special session

The Republican Leader of the State Assembly is calling for the legislature to return for a special session to wrap up some unfinished business.

The legislature adjourned at the end of June with no firm plans to meet again before next January.  Go to full article

Skelos: NYS shouldn't have approved gun laws so fast

The leader of the Senate Republicans says he regrets the way gun control legislation was rapidly approved earlier this year, and he hopes that the end of the session won't repeat what he now says was a mistake.  Go to full article
New York state's Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194328403/in/set-72157625436830710">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York state's Senate chamber. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS Reproductive Health Act stalled in Senate

A key component of Governor Cuomo's 2013 agenda appears in jeopardy, as the governor concedes he does not currently have enough votes in the state Senate to bring an abortion rights bill he has championed to the floor.  Go to full article
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Women's health law shows a rift in NY Senate coalition

A rift is appearing in the New York State Senate's new bipartisan leadership coalition. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he's strongly opposed to Gov. Cuomo's reproductive health act, saying it would lead to too many late term abortions.

Pro-choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the Senator's interpretation. And the leading Democrat in the leadersship council has been a strong supporter of the act.  Go to full article
Rev. Al Sharpton is among those criticizing the new Senate coalition on the grounds that it doesn't any black or Hispanic senators. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/slydeone/">Eric Wilson</a> CC<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en"> some rights reserved</a>
Rev. Al Sharpton is among those criticizing the new Senate coalition on the grounds that it doesn't any black or Hispanic senators. Photo: Eric Wilson CC some rights reserved

Senate coalition takes heat over lack of minorities

The newly formed coalition in the Senate is facing some heat from African American leaders, who says blacks and Hispanics have been left out.  Go to full article
Sen. Jeffrey Klein. Photo: NYSenate.gov
Sen. Jeffrey Klein. Photo: NYSenate.gov

Klein says new coalition could be more effective than Dems alone

The new co-leader of the Senate, Sen. Jeff Klein, says he knows the new coalition of five Democrats and around 30 Republicans will have to prove itself in the coming months and deliver on key pieces of legislation, but he says it stands a better chance of success than if just the Democrats alone were in charge of the Senate.  Go to full article

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