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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...



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Aug 28, 2014 — NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.
Aug 28, 2014 — President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.
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.

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.

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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.

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 instead. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 to protect police officers. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 today - Congress is considering a modest increase to the Heating Energy Assistance Program, as part of the end of year defense appropriations bill. But it's not clear how much would go to people in need. And that need is real. Gregory Warner joined an oil supplier in the Ausable Valley on his delivery route. He sent us this report.  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

Northeast Governors Announce Greenhouse Gas Pact

Governors of seven Northeastern States, in an effort led by New York's Governor George Pataki, have agreed to a pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Karen...  Go to full article

Troop Reduction Won't Affect Drum

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it will drop troop levels in Afghanistan in the spring. The decision affects the 10th Mountain Division, but not soldiers based at Fort...  Go to full article

State Says Towns Overpay For Snowplows

A new audit issued by the state comptroller's office has found that north country towns are paying tens of thousands of dollars too much for new snow plows. Alan Hevesi...  Go to full article

15 Retailers Fined for Sharp Rise in Gas Prices

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has imposed penalties on 15 gas stations across the state for unfair price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Defense Bill Targets Drum Housing Crunch

The $450 billion defense spending bill that passed the House of Representatives early Monday morning has some measures designed to help the housing crunch at Fort Drum. ...  Go to full article

Legislature Convenes Special Session Wednesday

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is urging Governor George Pataki and Democrats in the Assembly to come to an agreement on laws to stiffen penalties for cop-killers and...  Go to full article

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