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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...

Aug 21, 2014 — The Texas governor exploring a 2016 presidential bid says the Islamic State is too big of a threat to take direct intervention off the table.
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.

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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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.
Photo: <a href="">Garry Wilmore</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Photo: Garry Wilmore, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Who's paying for state leaders' legal fees? You.

Governor Cuomo's administration and the legislature are spending around $1.3 million dollars this year in payments to private law firms, and the public is paying for it, says a fiscally conservative study center.  Go to full article
"Powdered alcohol" is made using cyclodextrins, which can absorb an estimated 60 percent of their own weight in alcoho. Photo: <a href="">Stanis&#322;aw Skowron</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY senator takes aim at powdered alcohol

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban powdered alcohol.

He's also calling on retailers to boycott its sale when the product hits stores as early as next month.

Schumer cites what he calls the "already massive problem of underage drinking," drunken driving and other alcohol-related crime on Long Island.  Go to full article
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: <a href="">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York teachers to shred tests in protest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York teachers say they plan to protest against the privatization of public education by shredding standardized tests.

Leaders of the New York State United Teachers union say the protest will take place Monday evening on the steps of the state Education Department in Albany.  Go to full article
Gov. Guomo marching in 2013 as honorary grand marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: <a href="">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>

New York governor, other officials head to Israel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators are heading to Israel this week for a two-day visit to show "solidarity" during that country's conflict...  Go to full article
Zephyr Teachout is challenging Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary race for governor. Photo: <a href="">Michael Johnson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY judge to rule on challenge to Teachout campaign

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A judge in New York state will soon rule on whether a liberal law professor's campaign to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo can continue.

Fordham University...  Go to full article
Photo: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack makes Keynote Inaugural address at the "Made in Rural America Regional Forum" in Canonsburg, PA on Jun. 4, 2014. <a href="">U.S. Department of Agriculture</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sen. Gillibrand: Rural export forum planned in NY

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the Obama administration is bringing its "Made in Rural America" export forum to upstate New York. Gillibrand, a member of...  Go to full article
Photo: Snocade Committee, used by permission

Fulton County clerk gave out free snowmobile registrations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's inspector general says an upstate county clerk issued free snowmobile registrations to local snowmobile clubs--including a group he participated...  Go to full article
E-cigarette display. Photo: <a href="">elycefeliz</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

Attorneys general want flavored e-cigarette ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has joined counterparts from two-dozen other states urging federal regulators to impose restrictions on electronic cigarettes...  Go to full article
Senegal President Macky Sall. Photo: <a href="">MONUSCO Photos</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

President of Senegal visiting Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The president of the west African nation of Senegal is in Vermont.

Senegal President Macky Sall is scheduled to visit Montpelier on...  Go to full article
Bob Antonacci, Republican candidate for state Comptroller. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

What's a publicly financed campaign like? Slow.

There is only one statewide candidate in New York who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program. Republican candidate for Comptroller Bob Antonacci says...  Go to full article

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