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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 28, 2014 — A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.
Aug 28, 2014 — Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.
Aug 28, 2014 — Steve Inskeep talks to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan about the prospects for an immigration bill. On Friday, Morning Edition will talk to Ryan about his ideas for fighting poverty.
Aug 28, 2014 — James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.
Aug 27, 2014 — Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.

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.
Soldiers of the Third Brigade Combat Team leave the field. Photo: Natasha Haverty
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 3500 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 last spring to assure the community that Fort Drum has "a glowing future".

"And 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 that 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 Jeffrey Straight, "No one will forget those days: the floodwaters, the damage, the houses, the businesses, the cost to the fire station itself."

But now, there's a new firehouse. Governor Cuomo was in the town of Jay yesterday to announce its opening.  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 Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The paper's editorial board wrote Tuesday that it would not endorse Cuomo or his liberal challenger, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.  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
Governor Rockefeller (facing camera) stands beside the Lincoln Continental Lehmann-Peterson limousine in 1967. Photograph courtesy of the New York State Archives.

Cars used by FDR, Rocky on display at State Fair

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Visitors to the New York State Fair can check out a display of two historical vehicles used by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Nelson Rockefeller while they...  Go to full article
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...  Go to full article

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