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If you can pull yourself away from the weathertastprophe outside, there’s a lot going on today in the 21st District Congressional race. Specifically: Republican/Conservative hopeful Elise Stefanik has raised more than $524,000 for her...
Bruce Heyman is now fully installed and beginning his official work as the newest U.S. ambassador to Canada. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Heyman said the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline project is important, but there’s far more to the...
Broad results of Monday’s provincial election in Quebec are quite clear: the Liberal Party, lead by neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard, has won a solid majority government. The Parti Québécois, now reduced to the role of official...
On March 5th Quebec Premier Pauline Marois triggered an election that concludes Monday, April 7th. Of course speculation about results is just that until the polls close and all the votes are tallied. But most observers think Marois either...
Last week I wrote a post about Quebec’s April 7th provincial election as something that could raise questions of national unity. Well, that turned out to be an understatement. Major developments in the week that followed have put the...



Politics
Apr 24, 2014 — JFK is running for a Georgia state Senate seat this year — John Flanders Kennedy, that is. He's a Republican, but his signs bear an uncanny similarity to the logo the former president once used.
Apr 24, 2014 — The former Florida governor must reassure major donors about his intentions while avoiding making himself an early target.
Apr 24, 2014 — Florida Gov. Rick Scott's plan to drug test state workers and welfare recipients ran into trouble in the courts. Law professor Pauline Kim and reporter Curt Anderson discuss the drug testing battle.
Apr 24, 2014 — A standoff over sovereignty of an island chain that Japan calls Senkaku and China calls Diaoyu has been a source of deep tension between the two countries in recent years.
Apr 24, 2014 — The 90-year-old former GOP senator says it's an opportunity to meet with friends and thank voters who supported him during his decades-long career in state and national politics.

Voter Resources

Project Sunlight: Track lobbying activities, member item spending and other legislation in New York. An initiative of the NYS Office of the Attorney General.

League of Women Voters DemocracyNet: Great one-stop election resource.

NYS Board of Elections Campaign Finance Database: Enter the last name of any candidate in New York to find out where the money comes from and where it's going.

Open Secrets: Campaign finance information broken down by industry, region, etc., for mostly federal politicans. An excellent starting point for following
money in politics.

Special Reports

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Audio Slideshow:
Adirondack teens talk democracy
Face of Democracy is a national program that gives students an inside view of the democratic process by sending out to polling places to interview and photograph voters and officials. Sue Halpern, project organizer, talks with Brian Mann
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Cartoon Special:
Editorial cartoonist Mark Wilson Covers the NYS Party Conventions
Mark Wilson, aka Marquil, is a political cartoonist covering the 2006 New York State party conventions for NCPR. His sketches and caricatures bring the arcana of state politics to life.
Damage from Tropical Storm Irene in Keene, NY. NCPR file photo: Susan Waters
Damage from Tropical Storm Irene in Keene, NY. NCPR file photo: Susan Waters

Big storms coming? NYS has a plan (or several)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

Cuomo invited government leaders from Long Island, the North Country, Central New York and other locales who experienced damage from Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Sandy. They gathered to praise their past efforts to react to the storms, and to report on steps they are taking to prepare for future disastrous weather events.  Go to full article
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny in 2012. NCPR file photo: David Sommerstein

NY21 Republican primary goes from sour to bitter

The bitter fight between Republicans Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik just got a little more fierce. The two are running to replace Democrat Bill Owens in the 21st Congressional District. Owens is retiring at the end of this year.

The Stefanik campaign announced yesterday that she plans to challenge petitions filed by Doheny for the Conservative and the Independence Party ballot lines.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9194313964/in/set-72157634442666751">Flickr</a>

NYS corruption commission shouldn't have ended, say polled voters

A new poll finds that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still feeling the fallout from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

The Siena poll finds Cuomo's decision to end the Moreland Commission in the midst of a corruption probe doesn't sit well with voters. Since the budget was settled, US Attorney Preet Bharara has said he'll continue with the investigations, and has asked for and received all of the paperwork on the probes.  Go to full article
Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2010. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/5047775028/in/photolist-8G4aDW-68z65j-bDK9j2-9qLejf-btAfzh-ce1zFY-i3yjLF-9jZdPE-bWDe2p-9Afi1R-bpCdYg-7o6dS6-dfRZC4-68uRnt-6xC126-9g4wWF-dq1yie-6fWbN8-i77Yht-i77vRW-2YJgc8-i3yxGG-i77rKh-i3z6RZ-i77XKX-i3yjBx-i3yyom-i3yxt3-a4agHd-i3yjjZ-dn2KR8-8Qi1rK-auMGu9-8Qi3ve-8Qi2YV-i77njV-ce1CA7-8uYmYu-bWDhaH-8FZUEX-ce1Ckj-bWDkNM-bWDhBD-eib12A-4Uk3iz-dLBLen-eFD6RQ-4Upafs-4UpdBW-dpYzPi">Ed Schipul</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Texas Gov. Perry challenges Cuomo on business

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Texas Gov. Rick Perry is countering Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest initiative to lure businesses from out of state with a renewed bid to snag jobs from New...  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont House to have final look at GMO labeling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The House is slated to take a final vote on legislation that would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such in Vermont...  Go to full article
One reason many proposed mergers fail, says the New York Association of School Business Officials, is the threat of very long bus rides for rural children. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/freefoto/">freefotoUK</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

NYS residents don't want school mergers, study finds

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature have approved a plan in the state budget to encourage local governments and schools to merge and share services over the next few years,...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Poll shows Cuomo vulnerable on the left

A new poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a double-digit lead against his Republican opponent for the fall elections. But the survey finds that ratio changes if a progressive...  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

NYS fracking review thorough, says group, so why secret?

A group opposed to hydrofracking says documents it's obtained show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial...  Go to full article
New York City Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/layant/4175092212/">Pedro Layant</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ravitch to discuss fiscal plight of cities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Former New York Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch is returning to Albany to discuss the financial challenges facing local governments.

Ravitch is set...  Go to full article
Spent Grain Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/span112/2306070622">Kelly Teague</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer calls on FDA to drop spent grain proposal

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer will be at a western New York brewery to call on the federal government to drop a proposal that has the nation's craft beer brewers...  Go to full article

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