Investigations

Exposés, reports
and analysis.

Outrages & Insights

Muckraking blog
by Jim Heaney

GreenPost

Environmental blog
by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

Editorial cartoons
and commentary

Apr
06

Weekend News Cafe: Hydrofracking, muckraking & rock ‘n’ roll

A muckraking columnist Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is both thoughtful and provocative. Consider two recent columns. First, his take on a couple of studies of all the chemical junk fed to the animals that are the source of our meat. My topic today is a pair of new scientific studies suggesting that […]

Apr
05

Lessons for Buffalo from a boomtown

Buffalo is not Austin, Texas, and never will be. They bake. We freeze. They have Lance Armstrong. We had OJ. They don’t pay state income taxes. We do. Oh boy, do we. But I’ve come away from two visits to Austin since last summer thinking there are lessons to be learned. The Texas capital is […]

Apr
04

Pretty good pay for a part-time job

At $79,500, New York legislators are the third-highest-paid state lawmakers in the nation. And then there’s the stipends and per diems they pay themselves. The Albany Times Union has the details.

Apr
04

Austerity egg hunt …

Apr
03

Urban Wasteland

Central Park Plaza opened in 1958, started going downhill in the 1980s and shuttered the last of its stores last summer. City inspectors repeatedly cited the plaza for violations, triggering a state probe and a subsequent agreement by its owners to sell the 27 acre parcel east of Amherst and Main streets. Blight in the […]

Apr
03

Strip search …

Apr
03

Ending “socialism for the rich”

Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston outlines how to revise the tax code to stop subsidizing corporations and the super rich and get the economy back on its feet.

Apr
03

Pork by another name

Buffalo and Grand Island schools get a slice of pork, called ‘”bullet aid” in the new state budget. Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders insist there’s no pork in the budget, but $30 million is school aid is assigned in a manner very similar to member earmarks under previous administrations.