With voter turnout at dismal lows, one state Assemblyman wants to take a lesson from Down Under and consider instituting a system of mandatory voting.
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On Tuesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand grilled some of the country's top military officials, again, over their handling of sexual assault cases in the armed services, and their continued aversion to removing such cases from the military chain of command.
Attorney general Eric Schneiderman wasn't exactly shocked by the news that the Internal Revenue Service tried to identify political groups using "clumsy" methods that ended up targeting Tea Party and other conservative non-profit organizations.
Attorney general Eric Schneiderman thinks the rash of spring scandals in New York City and Albany could provide the impetus to pass campaign finance reform this year, even with just two weeks left in the legislative session.
In an email to supporters this afternoon, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control group formed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, urged New Jersey governor Chris Christie to appoint an interim senator who supports background checks.
On Sunday afternoon, Ken Thompson officially announced his campaign to unseat Joe Hynes as Brooklyn's district attorney.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced this afternoon that he will call a special election to replace senator Frank Lautenberg, who died yesterday morning.
The death of Senator Frank Lautenberg presents a political quandary for Gov. Chris Christie.
Eric Holder received a vote of confidence from Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday morning.
"There've been all kinds of accusations, but I haven't seen anything that would prevent him from continuing to do his job," said Schumer, in an appearance on "Meet the Press."
Andrew Cuomo ran for governor in 2010 promising the kind of showdown with government unions that the candidates for mayor of New York City have mostly avoided so far.
Arkansas senator Mark Pryor's first television ad of the 2014 cycle lets his constituents know that he won't be influenced by Michael Bloomberg.