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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...



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Aug 21, 2014 — With the electorate as polarized as ever and the promise of plenty of close House and Senate elections this November, lawyers are already preparing for the recounts that are almost certain to follow.
Aug 21, 2014 — In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.
Aug 21, 2014 — Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, for unpopular laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward the president at Hagan.
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama has 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.

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.
The vacant district office of the 79 Assembly District. Photo: Karen Rouse/WNYC
The vacant district office of the 79 Assembly District. Photo: Karen Rouse/WNYC

Pretty vacant: Two million voters have no voice in Albany

Thirteen seats in the New York's State Legislature are vacant, most of them since January.

That means roughly two million New Yorkers are without a representative in the Senate or in the Assembly, nearly half of them black, Latino or Asian residents.

The reasons vary. Four Assembly members were forced out of office in corruption-related scandals. Four other seats were left empty after the legislators who held them were elected to the City Council. The remaining five were left without a representative when the former legislators who held them went on to new jobs in government or the private or non-profit sectors.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo, left, is running against GOP challenger Rob Astorino, right.

Poll shows Cuomo popular, but with weaknesses on corruption issue

A Quinnipiac University poll shows the race for Governor virtually unchanged since the spring, with incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo far ahead of his Republican and Democratic challengers.

The favorable ratings for Cuomo come after weeks of negative news stories about the governor's alleged interference in an ethics panel and an on-going federal investigation.  Go to full article
Zephyr Teachout. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/125232993@N03/14420482378/">zephyrforgov</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Teachout again survives NY residency challenge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Zephyr Teachout has survived another attempt by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's supporters to knock her off next month's Democratic primary ballot.

A four-judge panel on Wednesday upheld a lower-court ruling and rejected arguments from Cuomo supporters that Teachout didn't meet the five-year residency requirement.  Go to full article
NYS Assembly districts (detail). Map: NYS

Supporters launch "Yes" campaign for redistricting amendment

Supporters of a November ballot amendment on redistricting say it will help prevent rampant partisan gerrymandering when the next district lines are drawn in the Senate and...  Go to full article
Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nysendems/5690823610/">NYSenDems</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Group challenges New York redistricting plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A government watchdog group is challenging the wording of a ballot question on redistricting, saying the referendum on this fall's ballot is deceptive.  Go to full article
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,...  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...  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

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