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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...

Jul 30, 2014 — The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.
Jul 30, 2014 — House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."
Jul 30, 2014 — To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Jul 30, 2014 — Though officials say that this wildfire season has been tamer than average, responding to these fires has been costly. Now, the Obama administration is re-evaluating how it pays for fighting them.
Jul 30, 2014 — A group of senators has introduced legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on college campuses. It would force schools to handle accusations more aggressively and provide advocates for victims.

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.

Pataki's Proposed Tax Cuts Raise Questions

Governor George Pataki, who earlier this week announced that the state has a $2 billion dollar surplus, is proposing a range of tax cuts. Not all government leaders believe that the state can afford the governor's proposals. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Conservatives Gain Ground in Canadian Polls

With three weeks to go before election day, new polls suggest a turnaround in Canadian voter opinion. A poll comminissioned by the Toronto Star shows Stephen Harper and the Conservatives have the backing of 36 percent of decided voters, with Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal Party at 30 percent. The six percent lead is outside the margin of error. Another poll shows the Conservative Tories with 36 percent, the Liberals at 33. It's the second set of polls since the holiday break to show Tory gains. Robert Thacker is chairman of the Canadian Studies Department at St. Lawrence University. He told Martha Foley this is a trend that may last.  Go to full article

Canadian Apologizes for Political "America Bashing"

Jeffery Morris is publisher of the Prescott Journal and other newspapers in Ontario. He wrote a letter to the ediotr of the Ogdensburg Journal apologizing for what he calls "the irresponsible and juvenile America-bashing that is gyrating out of Ottawa" and as he says "picking up steam." He spoke with Gregory Warner.  Go to full article

Pataki Remembers Stafford

In past state of the state addresses, Governor Pataki made direct references to future North Country projects. This year, he remembered state senator Ron Stafford, from...  Go to full article

Pataki Gives Final State of the State Address

Governor Pataki called for tax cuts, new economic development zones, and more charter schools in his state of the state speech yesterday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Tories Edge Past Liberals in Canadian Campaign

With three weeks to go before election day, new polls suggest a turnaround in Canadian voter opinion. According to The Associated Press, an EKOS poll shows the Conservatives...  Go to full article

Pataki Prepares for Final State of State Speech

Governor George Pataki is scheduled to give his 12th and final State of the State address on today. As Karen DeWitt reports, most expect the Governor to talk about his...  Go to full article

NY Scores Low in Adult Literacy

More adult New Yorkers are "below basic" literacy than the national average. A federal study out this week showed adults in New York had lower levels of literacy in the key...  Go to full article

Walmart Paid $1.6 Million for Potsdam Site

County records show Walmart paid $1.6 million for property on Route 11 on the outskirts of Potsdam. The world's biggest retailer plans to build a massive Supercenter there. ...  Go to full article

Internal Divisions Cloud NYPA Meeting

Local officials will meet next week in Canton to discuss St. Lawrence County's two-year-old settlement with the New York Power Authority. As David Sommerstein reports, they...  Go to full article

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