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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...



Politics
Jul 23, 2014 — The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.
Jul 23, 2014 — The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors.
Jul 23, 2014 — Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.
Jul 23, 2014 — Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns.
Jul 23, 2014 — The House and Senate have unveiled competing bills to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. Neither would give Obama all the funds he's asked for to deal with the crisis.

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.
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

New design for Saranac Lake resort and spa

The company that wants to build a controversial high-end waterfront hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has revised its design.

Lake Flower Lodging has reoriented the building on the lakefront site and dropped its height by roughly 12 feet. The changes come in response to concerns raised by village residents and members of Saranac Lake's Planning Board.

But some still aren't convinced that the Lake Flower Spa and Resort's is a fit for the community.  Go to full article
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul is Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives

Lt. Gov. candidate Hochul explains past anti-immigration views

Governor Cuomo's running mate, Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul is explaining why she now feels differently about undocumented immigrants. Hochul , the former Erie County Clerk once wanted to turn suspected immigrants in the country illegally over to federal authorities.  Go to full article

NYC forms task force on aiding child migrants

NEW YORK (AP) New York City has formed a task force in response to the growing number of Central American child migrants who've arrived in the city in recent months.

The city's commissioner for immigrant affairs told The New York Times her office was leading a newly formed interagency working group on how best to assist the young migrants.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence County Courthouse, built in 1893. Photo: Mark Kurtz

St. Lawrence County DA disputes call for special prosecutor

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says she'll defend what she calls her obligation to conduct a grand jury probe into use of county money.

Her...  Go to full article
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Board OKs half a loaf on Cuomo's loan request for Tappan Zee Bridge

A key oversight board approved half of the amount Governor Cuomo had sought for a loan from a clean water fund to help pay for the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. But...  Go to full article
One of the NY-21 GOP candidates, Elise Stefanik (left), and Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf. NCPR file photos

NY-21: Woolf has funding edge over Stefanik for Congress

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal campaign finance records show Republican Elise Stefanik at a disadvantage against Democrat Aaron Woolf after a bruising primary fight in northern...  Go to full article
Vermont state flag. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/2742173322/">J Stephen Conn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont asked if it could house young immigrants

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Obama administration has asked Vermont whether it can house immigrant children who have crossed into the United States over the Mexican border....  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo, left, is running against GOP challenger Rob Astorino, right.

How Cuomo's much bigger war chest is affecting the gov. campaign

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is already ahead of his Republican challenger in name recognition. Now, according to required campaign disclosure filings with the State Board of Elections,...  Go to full article
Fourth graders Max and Mason at lunch. Photo: Sarah Harris

What's for school lunch next year? Congress hasn't decided

School may be out for summer, but school lunch is definitely on the table in Congress.

A new healthy food law went into effect in 2012. It was a flashpoint in the...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/tracy_olson/61056391/">Tracy Olsen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont candidates report campaign cash

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Campaign finance reports show that incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin has raised more than $93,000 for his campaign this reporting period.
...  Go to full article

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