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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...



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Jul 31, 2014 — A 91-3 vote in the Senate will send the landmark VA legislation, meant to address widespread problems in the VA health care system, to President Obama for his signature.
Jul 31, 2014 — The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold, as the prosecution's feature witness, Star Scientific's Jonnie Williams, testified against McDonnell and his wife.
Jul 31, 2014 — House GOP leaders have abruptly canceled a vote on their own bill meant to address the surge of unaccompanied minors at the Mexican border. An effort to pass a pared down version of President Obama's request was blocked by a group of Tea Party conservatives. NPR's Senior Correspondent Ron Elving discusses the state of play.
Jul 31, 2014 — Months after denying that the CIA could have been snooping on Senate staff, agency director John Brennan has apologized to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss.
Jul 31, 2014 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created — and then abruptly disbanded.

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.

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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.

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 legacy and perhaps to look toward a future Presidential run in 2008. Karen DeWitt reports. NCPR will air the Governor's speech at 1 o'clock this afternoon.  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 areas of reading prose -- for example a newspaper article -- and document literacy -- like filling out job applications. New York does have a high immigrant population, which may account for some of the results. State Education Commissioner Richard Mills announced the state will 'redouble its efforts' in adult and immigrant education programs. The study -- and the commissioner's promise -- comes just as federal funding for adult literacy programs has been cut.

Joe Campbell coordinates the Even Start program in Franklin County. Even Start tutors children and their parents in reading. Campbell says federal funding for the program has dropped from $225 million to $100 million for next September. It's meant he's had to cut staff. He told Gregory Warner the federal funds only allow about a half year of literacy instruction as it is.  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. But a lawsuit is challenging the project. David Sommerstein reports.  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

Tupper Locals Urge Careful Review of Resort

Tupper Lake's town board held a public hearing last night to take comments on zoning changes proposed by developer Michael Foxman. Foxman hopes to build a seven hundred home...  Go to full article

"Seasonals" Enter Big Tupper Debate

Town officials in Tupper Lake will hold a hearing tonight to discuss zoning changes for the proposed resort around the Big Tupper ski area. Pennsylvania developer Michael...  Go to full article

Canton Considers Underage Smoking Law

The Village of Canton is considering a law to fine kids for smoking. The St Lawrence County Tobacco Free Coalition proposed the measure to the Village Board. It would levy...  Go to full article

Tupper Board Blasts Draft Rules for New Resort

Tupper Lake's town planning board is urging local officials to reject a set of zoning rules proposed by developer Michael Foxman. Foxman's company, Preserve Associates,...  Go to full article
State Sen. Betty Little

Little Urges Local Government Collaborations

State Senator Betty Little says local towns and villages should share more services in an effort to save property tax dollars. Little chairs the Senate Local Government...  Go to full article

Pirro Scraps Senate Bid for AG's Race

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeanine Pirro has quit her race against Hillary Clinton. Pirro gave in to urgings of party leaders, and says she'll run for Attorney General...  Go to full article

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