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The Corruption Olympics

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The lower house of the parliament has 513 deputies of which 367 voted for impeachment. According to a watchdog group in Brasilia, Congresso em Foco, more than 300 of the members of the lower house are under investigation for such things as corruption, fraud, or electoral crimes.

Whatever Happened to Ethics?

Tom Allon | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Tom Allon

Ethics is something that was taught in ancient Greece and was once neatly woven into our secondary education system. Ethics classes, like civics classes, are now rarely found on the high school level in this country. Isn't it time to resurrect this again?

The Public Should Pay for Elections So Politicians Can't Be Bought

Dave Palmer | Posted 12.17.2015 | New York
Dave Palmer

Until election campaigns in New York State are publicly funded, getting rid of bad-apple politicians won't do much. The whole tree is rotten.

Albany's Groundhog Day and New York's Secret Anti-Corruption Law

Andrew Stengel | Posted 12.03.2015 | New York
Andrew Stengel

Before I was a criminal defense lawyer, I was a prosecutor. Before I was a prosecutor I was the Senior Adviser for Government Reform for the Majority Conference in New York State Senate (the irony of the title considering the stream of corruption prosecutions and convictions since is not lost on me.)

Educating for Demoracy: A Lesson From Russia

Joel Shatzky | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Joel Shatzky

Democracy is not just a one-way street. It must try to serve those it governs the best way it can. "The Fool" knows this but unless the civic-minded are recognized as "The Wise," we are in danger of becoming a society run almost exclusively for the rich.

Ex-NY Senate Leader Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption Charges

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, June 1 (Reuters) - Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son pleaded not guilty on Monday to c...

Friday Talking Points -- Is That Your Final Answer, Jeb?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush, in case you haven't heard, spent the entire week coming up with a believable answer to one question After watching Bush twist in the wind this week, we can't help but wonder if the 2016 Republican nomination race is going to closely resemble the 2008 Democratic nomination fight.

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos Resigns Amid Corruption Charges

Reuters | Daniel Wiessner | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics

May 11 (Reuters) - New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Monday said he would resign his leadership post a week after being charged i...

Absolute Power Corrupts, Again

Tom Allon | Posted 05.11.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

Corruption in government is as old as democracy, but that doesn't mean we have to accept it and not do everything we can to at least limit it. Write to the Governor or your local legislator and demand they champion these six reforms.

Friday Talking Points -- Giggles the Pig For Mayor!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes to the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates, the rule of thumb this time around is obviously going to be "the more, the merrier!" The number of officially-announced Republican candidates actually doubled this week.

New York Senate Leader Taken Into Custody By FBI In Corruption Case

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, May 4 (Reuters) - New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, was taken into custody by federal authorities on Monday morning...

Invest in New York's Children

Anthony Figliola | Posted 01.04.2015 | New York
Anthony Figliola

It's vital that New Yorker's not let the chance to expand our children's horizons and secure our country's future slip by. The New York Bonds for School Technology Act is a creative first step and deserves the voter's attention.

Tea Party Favorite Threatens GOP Destruction

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

Former New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino says he may run for governor next year -- and remove the GOP as a major party in the st...

Pass Women's Equality Agenda Now!

Joelle Wyser-Pratte | Posted 07.31.2013 | New York
Joelle Wyser-Pratte

While politicians -- disproportionately, overwhelmingly men -- continue to squabble over issues that they haven't experienced and don't understand, the ability for women to empower themselves continues to hang in the balance.

Paul Blumenthal

Campaign Finance Reform Faces Notorious Hurdle

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

In downtown New York City on Wednesday, state Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, launched the first of four public ...

Casinos In NYC?

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 04.02.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- State legislative leaders aren't embracing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to limit new casinos to three upstate locations, saying Long Isla...

Skelos: GOP Will Not Compromise On Abortion

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 04.01.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- Sen. Dean Skelos says Republicans won't go along with a Cuomo administration proposal to expand abortion rights -- signaling that the GOP wo...

On Campaign Finance Reform, Senate Republicans Stand in Gov. Cuomo's Way

John Petro | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
John Petro

If our elected officials are to be truly representative of the populace, we need to get a larger, more diverse pool of donors to participate in the campaign financing system. We must also stop the unlimited flow of big money into politics.

John Celock

Surprise Twist In Final State Race

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

Democrats have officially captured a majority of the seats in the New York State Senate, but Republicans will continue to control the chamber, through...

CARTOON: New York Takes First Place In Gun Control Action

Posted 01.16.2013 | Black Voices

The state of New York took a leap ahead of Washington, D.C.,passing the nation's toughest gun legislation since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shoot...

Cuomo: Pols Should Ignore 'Extremists' In Gun Debate

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 03.13.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- As the NRA called him "America's most anti-gun governor," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday it would be a "dereliction" of duty if state le...

John Celock

'Cold And Heartless' Sandy Decision Will Cost Taxpayers, Says Belmar Mayor

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The Democratic mayor of a Jersey Shore community devastated by Hurricane Sandy is calling House Republicans' decision to postpone a vote on federal re...

Cuomo Threatens Fight Over Minimum Wage

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 02.12.2013 | New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that he won't get involved with a State Senate battle for control -- unless lawmakers don't comply with his agenda...

Dems Hand Second State Senate To GOP

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Two Democratic Washington state senators have decided to caucus with the opposition party, handing control of the state Senate to Republicans -- the s...

Some NY Dems Need to Put Ideals Before Ambition

Larry Hirsch | Posted 02.05.2013 | New York
Larry Hirsch

If you sacrifice your ideals for ambition, however, you are crossing the line to where you should re-think your political future. This is where these five Senators in Albany and at least one mayoral candidate are now.