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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
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
Aug 26, 2014 — President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets.
Aug 26, 2014 — The president has approved surveillance flights over Syria to search for targets for possible airstrikes. But critics of the administration say that may not be enough.
Aug 26, 2014 — Two years ago in Anaheim, Calif., events unfolded not unlike those recently in Ferguson, Mo. In Anaheim then, two Latino men were shot by police, and civic anger turned into a few nights of sometimes-violent demonstrations. Now, Anaheim's police and government are trying to work more closely with the Latino community, and a vote in November could make some major changes.
Aug 26, 2014 — One subject mentioned by protestors and non protesting residents of Ferguson, Mo., was voting. The turn out for registered African American voters in the last municipal elections was 6 percent.

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.
Zephyr Teachout. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/125232993@N03/14420482378/">zephyrforgov</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Zephyr Teachout. Photo: zephyrforgov, 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 the Assembly.

The groups Citizens Union and League of Women Voters are making voters aware of the amendment and giving voters reasons why they should approve the measure.  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
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

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