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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 29, 2014 — House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
Jul 28, 2014 — The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.
Jul 27, 2014 — Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border 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.
Gov. Cuomo, left, is running against GOP challenger Rob Astorino, right.
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, Cuomo is far ahead in fundraising as well.  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 last congressional race in the North Country...and it's back.

It's called the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. The goal is to get kids to eat healthier lunches, with more fruits and vegetables, less salt and sugar.
Schools have complained about the new rules, and House Republicans want to give schools a break.

First Lady Michelle Obama is a longtime champion of the law -- and she's lobbying Congress to keep it in place.

But far from Washington, school lunch directors have spent the last two years trying to figure out how to meet the law's requirements and serve kids healthy food that they'll actually eat.  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.

Republican candidate for governor, Scott Milne of Pomfret, has logged contributions of more than $20,000 by the Tuesday reporting deadline.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

Owens votes for highway funds

North Country Congressman Bill Owens voted yesterday in favor of a short-term spending plan that would replenish the national Highway Trust Fund.  Go to full article
The Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/4354183214/in/photolist-7CLjYo-oPEcu-7ix2v4-ujYN8-4MC7ZN-5dhRQW-6PwQyw-dXMEt-6ULfuW-dFugLZ-6UGxbP-5e8us1-hAwsdT-4aikh9-gCdwDu-5c99KY-9bbhSa-26mXX-26mXh-26mXq-26mWV-3qQdK-3qQbw-fK24n-9bTd3x-9Ygov5-6ULkGj-agQzb-9M91Za-9zmpPL-88wtEF-cvwc7w-8a2Qau-dVUSJD-9CqkNQ-Ld6Uh-9GjFKz-c1sJfh-oAc1-7ix2ut-717M2r-mef7ap-aiJzBh-9bdCYJ-qj4G3-5uZiew-dUd23j-9bWhqU-7RmjSH-qj4Fd">Joseph A</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Groups Urge No Vote on Tappan Zee Bridge Loan

Environmentalists are urging a key review board to vote no on a request from the Cuomo Administration to help finance the rebuilding of a major Thruway bridge with a fund...  Go to full article
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens hauls a canoe over one of the carry trails between the Essex Chain Lakes.  Photo:  Brian Mann

New to explore in the Adirondacks: the Essex Chain Lakes

This is the final week for public comment on the new management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes in the central Adirondacks.

The 11,000-acre chunk of wild forest...  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail

Court dismisses challenges to NY fracking review

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A state judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state's delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of...  Go to full article
Sen. George Maziarz announced that he will not be running in the upcoming election. <"http://www.nysenate.gov/files/profile-pictures/headshot3.jpg">.

NY state Sen. Maziarz says he won't run again

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A longtime New York state senator says he won't run again amid reports that his office is under investigation by a federal prosecutor.

Sen....  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://wilpf.org/files/image_3.jpg">WILPF</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Questionnaire results in on GMO labeling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont attorney general says a questionnaire has found that most participants think information about genetically engineered food should be placed...  Go to full article

NYS tipped workers seek pay increase

Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the...  Go to full article

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