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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...
Well, it took long enough, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has officially shed his pesky Canadian citizenship. Political wonks and dedicated In Box readers already know being born in Canada had come back to haunt this possible presidential contender. As...



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Jul 31, 2014 — A 91-3 vote in the Senate will send the landmark VA legislation, meant to address widespread problems in the VA health care system, to President Obama for his signature.
Jul 31, 2014 — The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold, as the prosecution's feature witness, Star Scientific's Jonnie Williams, testified against McDonnell and his wife.
Jul 31, 2014 — House GOP leaders have abruptly canceled a vote on their own bill meant to address the surge of unaccompanied minors at the Mexican border. An effort to pass a pared down version of President Obama's request was blocked by a group of Tea Party conservatives. NPR's Senior Correspondent Ron Elving discusses the state of play.
Jul 31, 2014 — Months after denying that the CIA could have been snooping on Senate staff, agency director John Brennan has apologized to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss.
Jul 31, 2014 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created — and then abruptly disbanded.

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.

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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.
Anneke Larrance with her two young chickens, in the village of Canton.
Anneke Larrance with her two young chickens, in the village of Canton.

Zoning 101: Who gets to have chickens?

Here in the North Country, we live in communities that are divided up into different zones: Town or village, residential or agricultural. But is a village also part of a town? Is a town more rural than a village? Different zones have different rules. How do those rules get formed? One big way this plays out is agricultural zones. One example of this is in Canton.

A couple of weeks ago, after a year-long debate, the town of Canton decided to allow people to have chickens, with some big caveats. you have to submit a plan to the planning board, pay $40, you can have a maximum of six chickens. But the ironic thing is that the village of Canton already allows chickens.  Go to full article
Among Cuomo's critics: Zephyr Teachout (right) Democratic primary candidate for governor. Her running mate, Timothy Wu is at the podium. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo's opponents up the ante in Moreland Commission criticisms

Governor Andrew Cuomo's opponents in the November races are stepping up accusations over the ethics commission scandal, and citing sections of state law that they say might have been broken by the governor's aides.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo talking with the press yesterday in Freeport, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14601317018/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>

Cuomo again defends handling of corruption probe

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to move past allegations that his administration meddled with an anti-corruption commission but questions about his office's involvement aren't going away.

The Democratic governor traveled to Long Island on Wednesday to discuss help for homeowners rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand introduces campus sex assault bill

New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand helped introduce a bill yesterday to combat the high rates of sexual assaults on college campuses. Matt Laslo has the story...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14596648924/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>

Cuomo: speed up medical pot for kids with epilepsy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's governor wants to speed up the implementation of the state's new medical marijuana law to help children with epilepsy get medication more...  Go to full article
Hillary Clinton signing books at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Hillary Clinton signs "Hard Choices" in Saratoga Springs

Hillary Clinton was in Saratoga Springs yesterday, signing copies of her book, Hard Choices, at Northshire Bookstore. Supporters lined the streets, waiting to shake...  Go to full article
Republican Rob Astorino is keeping the controversy over the former Moreland ethics commission alive with press conferences around the state.  Photo: Karen DeWitt

Challenger Astorino gets traction from Cuomo ethics controversy

The little-known and underfunded Republican challenger for governor in New York is getting a boost from incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo's troubles over alleged interference in an...  Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

NY announces $250M in green energy investments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is setting aside $250 million to invest in wind farms, hydropower and other renewable energy projects.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced...  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo speaking on Monday in Buffalo. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14746450776/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>

Cuomo offers first comments on ethics commission controversy

Governor Cuomo was in Buffalo yesterday for his first public appearance since a potentially damaging report alleging his staff's tampered with an ethics probe. He denied that...  Go to full article
Gov. Guomo marching in 2013 as honorary grand marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8936100840/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>

Gov. Cuomo considering trip to Israel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's considering a visit to Israel, despite that nation's ongoing conflict with the militant group Hamas in Gaza.
...  Go to full article

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