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A progressive I know steadfastly maintains mainstream media is enslaved by tiresome voices from the right and the left. Just so much Tweedledum and Tweedledee, no real choice at all. There’s lots of room to debate the state of choice in...
This morning we’re airing a special report from WNYC, our sister station in New York City, about the remarkable number of empty legislative seats in Albany.  Thirteen seats, in theory representing roughly 2 million New Yorkers —...
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...



Politics
Sep 1, 2014 — The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.
Aug 31, 2014 — One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."
Aug 31, 2014 — Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
Aug 30, 2014 — The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.
Aug 29, 2014 — Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.

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.
Matt Funiciello is running for the NY-21 congressional district seat on the Green Party line. Photo: Funiciello campaign
Matt Funiciello is running for the NY-21 congressional district seat on the Green Party line. Photo: Funiciello campaign

NY-21: Ralph Nader plans to campaign with Matt Funiciello

Matt Funiciello, Green Party candidate for the North Country's seat in the U. S. Congress, says he'll campaign next month with former presidential hopeful and activist Ralph Nader.

Nader will visit Glens Falls, NY, September 14 and plans to speak at the Wood Theater downtown. Speaking last night, Funiciello said he expected Nader's appearance to give his campaign a boost.  Go to full article
Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu is a Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor in next month's primary. Photo: public domain

NY Times endorses Wu over Cuomo running mate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Times has endorsed Tim Wu for New York lieutenant governor over Kathy Hochul, delivering another snub to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign.

In an endorsement published online Wednesday night, the newspaper's editorial board said Wu offers a "fresh perspective and a new voice." The Columbia University law professor is running alongside liberal gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.  Go to full article
Soldiers of the Third Brigade Combat Team leave the field. Photo: Natasha Haverty

As Ft. Drum closes down one brigade, what's next for the base?

Earlier this month, the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team cased its colors for the last time. There are 3,500 soldiers in the unit. This inactivation comes as part of reductions the Pentagon announced last year. But it's still not clear what's planned for Fort Drum, the region's biggest economic driver.

The Pentagon plans to reduce the size of the Army by another 70,000 soldiers over three years. But it remains unclear which bases will endure those cuts.

Senator Chuck Schumer came to Watertown, New York, last spring to assure the community Fort Drum has "a glowing future." He said, "The 10th Mountain Division is exactly the kind of highly trained, nimble and tactical unit the Army wants to be the new standard for all our Armed Forces. Fort Drum should be at the epicenter of our country's future military."

But people around the base are anxious this month's inactivation ceremony was just the beginning of more downsizing.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo at the dedication of the rebuilt firehouse in Upper Jay. Photo: NY Governor's Office

Cuomo dedicates new firehouse in Upper Jay

Three years ago, Hurricane Irene ripped through the New York's eastern Adirondacks destroying roads, homes, and the fire station in the town of Jay. Accroding to fire chief...  Go to full article
Cuomo? Teachout? "Meh," says the NY Times editorial board.

NY Times: No endorsement in Cuomo-Teachout race

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Times editorial board is withholding an endorsement in the Democratic primary for New York governor while delivering a stinging reprimand to...  Go to full article
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org

McKibben: New York state should get out of the oil business

Oil tanker trains have become a major issue in the North Country. Now, Vermont-based environmental activist Bill McKibben, who spends part of each year in the Adirondacks, is...  Go to full article
Flag of the Seneca Nation. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeromeg111/7653905792">JeromeG111</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Woman announces run for Seneca Nation presidency

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (AP) A Seneca Nation Council member is running to become the first female president of the western New York tribe.

Darlene Miller announced her...  Go to full article
GOP candidate for Attornet General John Cahill. Photo: Karen DeWitt

AG challenger focuses on corruption commission

The Republican challenger in the race for New York Attorney General has begun airing television ads and making an issue of incumbent Eric Schneiderman's role in a...  Go to full article
Students in math class. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/8081867203/">woodleywonderworks</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Vermont state board opposes standardized testing

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont State Board of Education is taking a stance against the testing policies of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The board is...  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo Photo:  Mark Kurtz

Cuomo won't say whether he'll debate

Governor Cuomo is non-committal about whether he'll debate his Democratic and Republican opponents in the fall elections.

Cuomo, who spoke after an early morning...  Go to full article

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