Corruption matters

Corruption—legal and illegal—undermines faith in government. Public officials often dismiss small ethical lapses, but that paves the way for worse misconduct with bigger consequences.

Don’t blame the Electoral College

The “winner take all” system for guiding the votes of a state’s electors is responsible for most of difference between the national popular vote and the Electoral College result. The blame, however, rests with the states, not the Constitution.

The money trail

Candidates in the 25th and 27th District congressional races collectively boosted their campaign coffers with $1.5 million in special interest money. Who were the biggest donors?

Industrial recruitment poker

Though Amazon says publicly that the Long Island City site for “HQ2½”—half of Amazon’s proposed second headquarters—was not determined by state incentives, would Long Island City have won its bid without them?

Mr. Morelle goes to Washington

Any attempt to exemplify decency and civility in Washington is likely to be mocked as naïve and Capraesque. As he heads to Congress, does Joe Morelle have the courage to champion civility?

Candidates disagree on Trump influence

The candidates vying to represent Monroe County in the 25th Congressional District, Democrat Joe Morelle and Republican Jim Maxwell, had very different approaches to President Donald Trump’s policies in two recent debates. But their positions on non-Trump issues generally fell along party lines.

The intersection of faith and politics

The constitutional agnosticism about religious belief (or unbelief) has spurred a creedal pluralism and religious vitality that is unique among Western nations. As the mid-term elections approach, the Beacon invited two perspectives on the intersection of faith and political engagement.

Janus v. AFSCME: What now?

The Janus decision concludes that requiring an agency fee that supports collective bargaining is compelled speech and a violation of the First Amendment. What now?