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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...



Politics
Jul 31, 2014 — Votes are set Thursday in both the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate on bills addressing the young migrants seeking refuge. But the competing bills have little chance of being reconciled.
Jul 31, 2014 — Congress leaves some significant business unfinished as it goes on break. But the talk of Washington and beyond is Wednesday's vote by House republicans to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama.
Jul 30, 2014 — The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.
Jul 30, 2014 — House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."
Jul 30, 2014 — To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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.

SLU Student Fights for Loans

Haddie White is a junior at St. Lawrence University. She spent much of this week in the student union, behind a table of literature and sample letters to legislators about the proposed cuts to financial aid. As she told Gregory Warner, the impact of the cuts on her life would be drastic.  Go to full article

VT Gov Joins IP Protest In Ticonderoga

Hundreds of New Yorkers and Vermonters turned out last night for a public hearing in Ticonderoga. They came to debate International Paper's plan to use recycled car tires as fuel at the company's mill in Ticonderoga. IP hopes to conduct a 2-week test burn to determine whether the cheaper fuel adds significant amounts of pollution to the air and water. The plan would save the company millions of dollars a year. But critics on the Vermont side of the lake say the proposed test is flawed and won't provide needed information. As Brian Mann reports, one of the protestors at last night's hearing was Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.  Go to full article

Judge Blocks Adirondack Mansion Near Old Forge

A state judge in Herkimer County says a mansion in the western Adirondacks will have to be torn down. In a ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Michael Dailey found that Timothy Noonan's 19,000 square foot house violated an Adirondack Park Agency permit. The permit required that the new house, built on the Fulton Chain of lakes near Inlet, be one-sixth that size. In a press release, attorney general Eliot Spitzer described the case as a "common sense enforcement action." He said that efforts to negotiate a settlement were rebuffed by Noonan, a prominent businessman who owns the Water Safari theme park in Old Forge. Noonan was appointed by Governor Pataki to sit on the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District board of directors, but stepped down earlier this year. He couldn't be reached for comment. Brian Mann spoke about the ruling with Park Agency spokesman Keith McKeever.  Go to full article

Push for Budget Reform in Albany Will Continue

Supporters and opponents of a ballot proposal to change New York's budget process agree that even though the amendment was defeated, the push for reform of Albany's...  Go to full article

Duv? Wins St. Lawrence DA Race

In the race for St. Lawrence County District Attorney, Democrat Nicole Duvé upset acting district attorney Gary Miles, a Democrat running on the Republican line. Duvé won by...  Go to full article

Garcia Elected Essex County DA

Julie Garcia will be the first female district attorney in Essex County. Garcia, a Republican, defeated Conservative Party challenger Debra Whitson on Tuesday, bringing an...  Go to full article

Dem Upsets GOP DA In Clinton County

A far quieter and more civil district attorney's race in Clinton County produced one of the north country's biggest upsets yesterday. Democrat Andrew Wylie defeated...  Go to full article

Tupper Lake Resort Boosters Lose Election

Two local politicians who supported the massive new resort development in Tupper Lake were voted out of office yesterday. The incumbent mayor Sandra Strader and town...  Go to full article

Voters Decide Budget Reform and Transportation Plan

It's election day, and New York voters will be asked two questions on the ballot. Karen DeWitt takes a look at what they are.  Go to full article

NY Expected to Modernize Voting Machines

This Election Day in New York may be the last time that voters use the old-fashioned mechanical lever machines. Under a new federal law, New York and other states have to...  Go to full article

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