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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 21, 2014 — With the electorate as polarized as ever and the promise of plenty of close House and Senate elections this November, lawyers are already preparing for the recounts that are almost certain to follow.
Aug 21, 2014 — In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.
Aug 21, 2014 — One of the most expensive Senate races this year is in North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagen is trying to keep her job. Her approval numbers are dismal, but so are those for her GOP opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
Aug 18, 2014 — President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

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.

Anti-Smoking Groups Press for More Money

Anti-smoking groups are urging the legislature to adopt Governor Pataki's plan to fully fund the Health Department's tobacco use reduction program. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Senator Clinton campaigning against the passport plan last summer in Massena.

"Passport-Lite" Plan Raises Border Questions

Last year the Department of Homeland Security announced a plan to require U.S. and Canadian citizens to show passports at the Canadian border. The proposal drew widespread opposition. Even President Bush said he was surprised to read about it. Yesterday, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff unveiled a scaled down version of the plan. It would allow frequent border crossers to buy a cheaper, credit card-sized document. The new plan drew some praise in Canada and the U.S. travel industry. But for North Country leaders, it raises more questions than answers. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Approves Sex Offender Registration Rules

Governor Pataki has signed into law an extension of Megan's Law, which includes new requirements for the registration of sex offenders in community data banks. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Spitzer Outlines Reform Plans

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who's the only announced candidate for Governor in this year's elections, outlined his plan to reform the state's health care system and...  Go to full article

Pataki Gives Final Budget Speech

Governor Pataki released his 12th and final budget, to mixed reviews. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Budget Spends Big on Environment

Pro-environment groups say Governor Pataki's spending plan is the "greenest in recent memory". The budget proposed yesterday sets aside a record $1.4 billion for...  Go to full article

Campaign Points to Change in Canada

A new poll suggests the Conservatives held a 10-point lead over the Liberals entering the final week of Canada's federal election campaign. But Ontarians were still giving...  Go to full article

Spitzer: Passionate, Not A Bully

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who is running for Governor, has been addressing charges by some Republicans that he has a bad temper. The popular Democratic candidate...  Go to full article

Pataki Plan To Combat Medicaid Fraud

Governor Pataki has announced that he'll include a 7-point plan to combat Medicaid fraud in his new budget, to be released Tuesday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Wants New Facility to Hold Sex Offenders

Governor Pataki has proposed building a separate housing facility near an existing prison to house convicted sex offenders who are deemed at high risk to repeat their crimes....  Go to full article

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