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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 30, 2014 — The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.
Aug 29, 2014 — Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.
Aug 29, 2014 — There's an investigation into a payoff scheme before the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Jesse Benton says suggestions of his involvement are inaccurate and politically motivated.
Aug 29, 2014 — The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
Aug 29, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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.

Legislative Panel Debates Civil Confinement Plan

A joint legislative conference committee on the civil confinement of sexual predators bogged down over the definition of who exactly would be subject to involuntary commitment to a mental health facility. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Farmers, Lawmakers to Fight Bush's "Milk Tax"

Dairy farmers will join New York and Vermont's congressional delegations to fight a proposed "milk tax" in President Bush's 2007 executive budget. The budget calls for a 3 cent fee on every hundredweight of milk. It also cuts a milk price compensation program by 5 percent. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Proposes Funding Cuts to Hospitals

Governor Pataki's proposed budget would mean hundreds of millions of dollars in funding cuts to hospitals and nursing homes statewide.  Go to full article

Duprey Begins Campaign to Unseat Ortloff

Clinton County Treasuer Janet Duprey kicked off her campaign to try and unseat incumbent state Assemblyman Chris Ortloff on Tuesday. The official announcement, made at stops...  Go to full article

Senate Overrides Pataki's Veto of Prescription Drug Bill

The state Senate yesterday overrode the Governor's veto of a bill that extended prescription drug coverage to those affected by confusion over the new Medicaid part D drug...  Go to full article

Open Government Advocate Says Secrecy Harms Public Agencies

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy played a central role in Washington yesterday, as the Senate Judiciary Committee probed President Bush's controversial domestic spying program. ...  Go to full article

Lobbying Panel to Vote on Gift Ban

The New York State Lobbying Commission is scheduled to vote tomorrow, on whether to severely restrict gifts that lawmakers can receive from lobbyists. Two new appointments to...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Respond to High Heating Costs

State lawmakers have been responding to the high cost of energy for New York residents. Senate Republicans unveiled a plan for tax credits and rebate checks; the Assembly...  Go to full article

Drum Housing Results Slow in Coming

The Fort Drum population explosion, and the resulting housing crunch in Jefferson County, has been a top issue in the region for more than a year. Governor Pataki visited...  Go to full article

Critics, Lawmakers Differ On Civil Confinement

An Assembly and Senate conference committee is scheduled to meet this month to decide on a law to civilly confine some convicted sex offenders who are deemed at risk of...  Go to full article

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