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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor nominee Kathy Hochul participate in a "Women for Cuomo" campaign event in New York, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Hillary Rodham Clinton is backing Cuomo in his bid for a second term.  Cuomo faces Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in the Nov. 4 general election. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Cuomo's office tightly controls public records

- Associated Press

Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office four years ago promising the most transparent administration in history, but journalists and advocacy groups say his office instead tightly controls requests for public records on anything controversial and routinely delays or denies their release.

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US Rep. Garcia in fight to hold Miami-Dade seat

- Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Rep Joe Garcia rode into Washington two years ago on an anti-corruption platform against scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. David Rivera in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional districts - a stretch of Florida running from South Miami to the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys.

Casino mogul and trial lawyer pay for pot battle

- Associated Press

The opposing campaigns battling over whether Florida should legalize medical marijuana are being largely funded by two wealthy individuals, who both insist their decision to open up their wallets is personal, not political.