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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 28, 2014 — Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.
Aug 28, 2014 — Steve Inskeep talks to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan about the prospects for an immigration bill. On Friday, Morning Edition will talk to Ryan about his ideas for fighting poverty.
Aug 28, 2014 — A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.
Aug 28, 2014 — James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.
Aug 27, 2014 — Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.

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.

Golisano Won't Seek GOP Gubernatorial Nomination

Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano has decided not to run for governor of New York. In a statement, Golisano cited personal and professional reasons, but said he wanted to remain active in improving the state's economy. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Brasher Exits Mohawk Land Claim Deal

The deal to settle the 23-year-old Mohawk land claim has hit another stumbling block. Last week, the town of Brasher voted to withdraw from the settlement. That's a problem because almost a quarter of land offered the Mohawks is in Brasher. The St. Lawrence and Franklin County legislatures plan to meet in joint session to discuss the land claim next week. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

SUNY Asks for More Money

The Chancellor of the State University of New York says the only way to avert a tuition increase included in Governor Pataki's budget, is for the legislature to give the SUNY system more money. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Campaign Season Begins in Saranac Lake

Democrats and Republicans in Saranac Lake have picked their candidates for what could be one of the biggest village election campaigns in recent years. The candidates all...  Go to full article

State Boosts Heat Aid by $100 Million

On Sunday, Governor Pataki approved a $100 million boost to state funding for home heating assistance. The money will go to help low-income families offset high fuel oil...  Go to full article

Canada to Pull Out of Kyoto?

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal party has gone down to defeat in the country's national election. The Conservative party, under leader Stephen Harper, will...  Go to full article

Tax Credit, or School Voucher?

Governor George Pataki has proposed in his new budget a tax credit for parents of children who live in poorly performing school districts. Parents could use the credit...  Go to full article

Reform Still on the Table in Albany

The topic of reform is still a priority at the state capitol, and nearly every candidate for Governor and politician up for reelection has introduced at least one proposal to...  Go to full article

Ontarians React To Election

Monday's federal election in Canada sent the Liberal Party out of power after 12 years. But like his Liberal predecessor, Paul Martin, Conservative leader Stephen Harper will...  Go to full article

NY Senate Proposes Child Murder Law

Senate Republicans have introduced a law in response to the case of a 7-year-old Brooklyn girl whom prosecutors say was beaten and left for dead by her mother and stepfather....  Go to full article

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