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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 17, 2014 — The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
Apr 16, 2014 — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing more of his considerable fortune to getting gun safety laws passed. The initiative will support a grass-roots effort that seeks to enlist women.
Apr 16, 2014 — Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges.
Apr 16, 2014 — Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
Apr 15, 2014 — President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.

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.

A Divided Nation: Not Such a Bad Thing

The Bush administration says it's been given a mandate at the polls and is promising to pursue its agenda on taxes and Iraq. President Bush says he's seeking the "broad support" of all Americans. Everybody's talking about the division in the country. John Massaro teaches politics at SUNY Potsdam and offers a minority view that this division is not a negative thing, and that the country is still a place of shared values despite it.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine

Aubertine Holds 'River District' With Ease

In the 118th Assembly District in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, first-term incumbent Darrel Aubertine pulled out a wider than expected victory over Republican challenger Scott Gray. The Democrat won by a nearly 2 to 1 margin. As David Sommerstein reports, the power of incumbency and an unexpected illness were too much for Gray to overcome.  Go to full article

Ortloff Leads In 114th, Sayward Dominates in 113th

A bitter race for the 114th assembly district ended with harsh words last night from both candidates. Incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff declared victory and slammed the state Democratic Party for working to unseat him. But Challenger Bernie Bassett refused to concede defeat until absentee ballots are tallied. Brian Mann reports.

113th District Update: As expected the assembly race in the 113th assembly district was a blow-out. Incumbent Republican Teresa Sayward defeated Democrat Dennis Tarantino by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.  Go to full article

Incumbents McHugh & Sweeney Win Re-election

Republican Congressmen John McHugh and John Sweeney easily won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Go to full article

Thousands of New Voters Head to the Polls in NY

The State Board of Elections reports that over 750,000 New Yorkers have registered to vote for the first time in today's elections. Because of changes made by Congress after...  Go to full article

Zogby On Polls

John Zogby is president and CEO of Zogby International. Four years ago, most polls predicted a win for George W. Bush. Zogby polls showed the race tightening, with the gap...  Go to full article

People On Polls

So...about those polls. NCPR's Kathleen Walters was out on the street to see what our neighbors think.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Flu Caravan a Success, Many Seniors Still Unprotected

The supply of flu vaccine is extremely tight in the U.S. On Friday, two hundred and sixty people from Plattsburgh crossed the border in a caravan arranged by local...  Go to full article

Schumer Re-election Bid and NY Congressional Races

In New York, the race at the top of the state's ticket, the campaign for U.S. Senate, is not going to be the nail biter that the Presidential election is turning out to be....  Go to full article

Novelist William Kennedy Weaves Life and Fiction in Albany

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist William Kennedy is the author of eight novels, including Roscoe, Ironweed and Legs. Kennedy grew up in Albany and spent...  Go to full article

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