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What to do about marijuana – medical or otherwise – seems to be a hot topic just now. In early July New York State approved a new system that will permit sale of medical marijuana, although there’s a set-up period of at least 18...
Ah, political scandals! Some splash up noisily, like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Others slosh and churn, and slosh and churn…like (suspended) Canadian Senator Mike Duffy. Most likely you’ve heard about the Ford hullabaloo, in which the...
Are you ready to raft? I said, ARE YOU READY TO RAFT? Sorry. Anyway, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has just now announced details of this year’s Adirondack Challenge, a daylong event to be held this Sunday to promote Adirondack tourism. You...
Weather permitting, Tuesday afternoon will be when “just folks” can take a last, up-close look at the old North Channel portion of the Seaway International Bridge in Cornwall, Ontario. (A new, low-level bridge was opened to traffic last...
  A really big case was decided by Canada’s Supreme Court on Thursday. How big? Well, most news coverage is using words like “historic precedent”, “landmark” and “game changer”. First Nation leaders are...



Politics
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama's carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
Aug 18, 2014 — President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.
Aug 18, 2014 — James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.
Aug 18, 2014 — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.
Aug 18, 2014 — In the wake of President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency inheriting a nation divided over Watergate and distracted from pressing domestic and international events.

Voter Resources

Project Sunlight: Track lobbying activities, member item spending and other legislation in New York. An initiative of the NYS Office of the Attorney General.

League of Women Voters DemocracyNet: Great one-stop election resource.

NYS Board of Elections Campaign Finance Database: Enter the last name of any candidate in New York to find out where the money comes from and where it's going.

Open Secrets: Campaign finance information broken down by industry, region, etc., for mostly federal politicans. An excellent starting point for following
money in politics.

Special Reports

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Audio Slideshow:
Adirondack teens talk democracy
Face of Democracy is a national program that gives students an inside view of the democratic process by sending out to polling places to interview and photograph voters and officials. Sue Halpern, project organizer, talks with Brian Mann
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Cartoon Special:
Editorial cartoonist Mark Wilson Covers the NYS Party Conventions
Mark Wilson, aka Marquil, is a political cartoonist covering the 2006 New York State party conventions for NCPR. His sketches and caricatures bring the arcana of state politics to life.
Jim Jeffords represented Vermont first as a state Senator in the 1960s.  His pubic career extended to January of 2007.  Photo: US Senate
Jim Jeffords represented Vermont first as a state Senator in the 1960s. His pubic career extended to January of 2007. Photo: US Senate

Jim Jeffords, icon of Vermont politics, dead at 80

One of Vermont's most prominent political figures passed away on Monday. Jim Jeffords represented Vermont in Washington for more than thirty years, first as a congressman, then as a US Senator. He was 80.

Jeffords made history by defecting from the Republican Party.  Go to full article
Student using an iPad in class. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctd/6339518618/">Chris Deigan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Voters will decide education bond act this fall

Voters in New York will decide in November whether the state should borrow $2 billion for new technology including iPads in school classrooms. Teachers and school administrators who could benefit from the funds say they are supportive but want to see more details.

The bond act, as it reads on the November ballot, would provide access to classroom technology and high-speed internet connections, as well as offer funds to build more pre-kindergarten classrooms, and replace the trailers that some overcrowded schools in New York City have been using to teach students.  Go to full article
Vermont Secretary of State James Condos. Photo: votesmart.org

Secretary of State gives Vermont primary info

MONTPELER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is reminding people about the requirements to vote in the upcoming primary election.  Go to full article
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, right, listens Friday as Maureen Sayles of North Country Community College explains the benefits of a new career training program the college is seeking federal funding to create. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Sen. Schumer swings through Adirondacks, pushes tech training grant for NCCC

Senator Charles Schumer was in the North Country on Friday, making stops in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Speculator. In Saranac Lake, Schumer said he's pushing for grant...  Go to full article

Shumlin, Scott, take "ice bucket challenge"

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott are drying out after taking the "ice bucket challenge," in which participants get a bucket of water and ice...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/125232993@N03/14420417007/">Zephyr Teachout Pride</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo foe Teachout picks up public union support

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state's second-largest public-sector union has endorsed Zephyr Teachout's long-shot bid to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Public Employees...  Go to full article
NYS Assembly districts (detail). Map: NYS

Will ballot amendment ease gerrymandering "scheming?"

Government reform groups are split over whether an amendment on the November ballot to change the way legislative district lines are drawn is an improvement, or will make...  Go to full article
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/truthout/4152991645/">Truthout.org</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sanders to hold town hall meetings on the economy

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding four town meetings around the state to hear Vermonters' view of the economy.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo with Nir Barkat,  Mayor of Jerusaleml. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14727719858/">New York Governor's Office</a>

NY governor offers "total solidarity" for Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is visiting Israel, where he is expressing "total solidarity" with the country in the month-long Gaza war.  Go to full article
Matt Funiciello is running for the NY-21 congressional district seat on the Green Party line. Photo: Funiciello campaign

NY-21: Matt Funiciello campaigns in St. Lawrence County today

Green party candidate for Congress Matt Funiciello will make his first campaign stops in St. Lawrence County today.

The Glens Falls-based bakery and café owner...  Go to full article

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