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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...

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.
Aug 29, 2014 — Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.

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.

Spitzer Maintains Lead in Gubernatorial Poll

A Quinnipiac University Poll finds Eliot Spitzer is still far ahead of any potential challengers, Democrat or Republican, in the race to be the next governor of New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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...  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

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