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A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; Childcare key to getting Americans back to work.


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Trump threatens Nevada with litigation for passing a bill to send ballots to all registered voters. Plus, primaries today in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

Public News Service - NY: Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Pol

Proposed reforms to New York's election laws include early voting, online and automatic registration, and more. (BigGirlCamera/Twenty20)

NEW YORK – Good government groups are hopeful that the New York State Legislature finally will pass long overdue election law reforms. They blame antiquated election laws for New York having one of the lowest voter participation rates in the country, but a package of reform bills coming up f

More than 30 New York state lawmakers have been forced from office for ethics violations or criminal convictions. (LoveBuiltLife/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Government watchdogs are urging New York State to finally pass legislation to fight corruption in state contracting. Massive corruption scandals have rocked the Empire State, including the convictions of some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aides and campaign contributors. But legislat

Every 20 years, New Yorkers can vote for or against holding a state constitutional convention. (Ron Cogswell/Flickr)

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, voters in New York will have the once-in-a-generation opportunity to vote for or against holding a state constitutional convention. The question goes to the voters every 20 years, and in 1977 and 1997, New Yorkers said 'no.' A 'yes' vote would begin the process of elec

Watchdogs want hearings into allegations of the rigging of more than $1 billion in state contracts. (wadester16/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Watchdog groups are in Albany today calling on legislative leaders to hold hearings on allegations of corruption in state contracts, and to enact reforms. The recent indictment of former aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on federal charges has dragged corruption in Albany back into t

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bills cap LLC contributions at $5,000. (Gov. Andrew Cuomo/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a package of bills to close a major loophole in New York state's campaign finance laws. The "LLC Loophole" allows individuals to form multiple limited liability companies, and use each one to give a candidate more than $60,000 in each election cycl

Changes to New York's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) are being debated in Albany. (Nitant23/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Advocates of greater government transparency in New York are opposing two proposed changes to the state's Freedom of Information Law, or FOIL, in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget bills. When people or organizations are forced to sue for access to public records, said John Kaehny, executive

Ethics violations have forced 16 New York state legislators from office in the past five years. (Ron Cogswell/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Government-reform advocates want the state to hold public meetings on ethics reform. The former Senate majority leader and the former speaker of the Assembly both are scheduled to be sentenced next month for corruption convictions, and in his State of the State address in January, Go

More federal investigations of New York state lawmakers are in progress. Credit: Kurtman518/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - With the conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, good-government advocates think Albany finally may take reform seriously. Silver, D-Manhattan, is the latest in a long line of legislators found guilty of corruption, and the trial of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Roc

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