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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 23, 2014 — Uber is hiring David Plouffe, the mastermind of Obama's 2008 campaign, to power its own political strategy. What can a tech-savvy political animal offer a ride-sharing service?
Aug 22, 2014 — As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.
Aug 22, 2014 — It's been another rough August for President Obama. He's wrapping up a summer vacation marred by events in Ferguson, Mo., and the murder of an American journalist in the Middle East.
Aug 22, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo.
Aug 22, 2014 — A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.

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.
Times-Union columnist Fred LeBrun (Source: Albany T-U)
Times-Union columnist Fred LeBrun (Source: Albany T-U)

Pataki Era's End Means Changes For Adks

Governor George Pataki won't be running for re-election next year. Over the next few months, we'll be looking at the end of the Pataki era, trying to gauge how this transition will affect the North Country Pataki owns a farm in the Adirondacks. He's been a close ally to local Republican leaders, including state Senators Jim Wright and Betty Little. This morning, we talk with Fred LeBrun, a veteran columnist for the Albany Times-Union. He's written extensively about state politics and the Adirondacks Park. LeBrun told Brian Mann that Pataki's deepening ties to the region and his interest in Adirondack issues came as a surprise.  Go to full article

Republicans Face Identity Crisis

The state's Republican Party has rather publicly been in disarray lately, with all of the fighting over whether Jeanine Pirro should remain in the Senate race against Hillary Clinton. The Party could be facing an identity crisis, as well, with some Republicans saying it should move back to the right, in order to be successful in the future. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton: Republicans Behaving like the Grinch

New York Senator Hillary Clinton took aim yesterday at budget cuts proposed by her republican colleagues. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Former President Clinton Visits Western NY

Former President Bill Clinton visited western New York yesterday. He met with Democrats and potential Republican candidate for governor Thomas Golisano. Clinton started out...  Go to full article

Poll: Pirro Should Run for Attorney General

A new poll by Quinnipiac University finds troubled U.S. Senate candidate Jeanine Pirro would fare better in a lower profile race for State Attorney General. The poll had...  Go to full article

NYPA to Revisit Hydro Dam Deal?

Two years ago, the New York Power Authority and St. Lawrence County closed a deal that ended years of negotiations. It allows the Authority to run the giant hydropower dam...  Go to full article

Bruno Presses Pirro to Drop Out of Senate Race

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says Jeanine Pirro cannot wait too long to decide whether to heed the wishes of many Republican leaders around the state and drop out of the...  Go to full article

Public Weighs in on New Voting Machines

New York State is under federal mandate to have new voting machines on line by next November's elections under the Federal Help America Vote Act. But the State Board of...  Go to full article

McHugh: Power Authority Deal "Unacceptable"

North Country officials, including Congressman John McHugh, are lashing out at the New York Power Authority for its nearly $1 billion settlement for the power project in...  Go to full article

Spiegel Mansion in Lake Placid Faces AG Action

After months of negotiations, the Adirondack Park Agency is taking legal action against Pataki ally Arthur Spiegel. The APA has referred the case to New York's attorney...  Go to full article

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