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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 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.
Aug 27, 2014 — The nonpartisan budget office reports growth that's slower than expected, but also that the Affordable Care Act's changes to Medicare are successfully holding down costs.
Aug 27, 2014 — The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.
Aug 27, 2014 — Across the nation, state legislators are gearing up for Election Day. And they're well aware that their fates could be tied to national political forces like the president's low approval rating.
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.

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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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.

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 may have trouble finding agreement on many issues.  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 resort near the Big Tupper ski area. Supporters of the project hoped to see a vote on the new zoning rules this month. But as Brian Mann reports, the effort to win quick approval faces growing opposition.  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 Foxman hopes to build 700 condos and luxury great camps on a six thousand acre parcel on the edge of the village. No zoning decisions will be made tonight, but board members will take public comments. A new town supervisor, Roger Amell, will be sworn in after the New Year. Officials are also waiting for recommendations from an outside consultant and the town planning board. At a meeting yesterday, the town did approve new water and sewer districts for the resort project. Meanwhile, a new group issued a statement on Tuesday urging the town to reject the zoning changes. The group calls itself "Concerned Citizens of Tupper Lake". In fact, the organizers are all seasonal residents. Many of them own camps and vacation homes near the proposed development and have been outspoken critics. The growing activism of seasonal residents has been controversial. Brian Mann spoke with Phyllis Thompson. She's a professor and administrator at a small liberal arts college in Houston, Texas, who spends part of each year at her camp on the shore of Lake Simond.  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

Albany Agrees to Toughen Gun Laws

In a special session of the legislature, Governor Pataki and legislative leaders have reached agreement on new laws to stiffen penalties against the use of illegal guns, and...  Go to full article

Caught in the Heating Squeeze

Heating oil prices are 23 percent higher statewide than last winter. But the federal funds that help low-income people pay the bills have not increased. That could change...  Go to full article

Gas Dealer Denies Gouging

A St. Lawrence County gas station owner disputes charges that he gouged prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Wayne Taillon owns Wayne's Gas and Service in Madrid. ...  Go to full article

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