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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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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.

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 talking to students at the Rochester Institute of Technology yesterday about the power of individuals to work for public good. But he spent nearly as much time talking about America's health care problems after a question from a student. Bud Lowell in Rochester has more.  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 mostly good news for Democrats, and bad news for Republicans. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 on the St. Lawrence River for another 50 years. In return, the county and its towns got more than $100 million and the return of 1500 acres of once-private land. Today that deal is in jeopardy. State law doesn't allow the land to be returned for free. And after Western New York got almost a billion dollars after similar negotiations over the Niagara Power Project, local officials say they've been had. As David Sommerstein reports, they want the Power Authority to return to the table, but they're not sure exactly what they want.  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

GOP Leaders Tap Weld, Ask Pirro to Drop Senate Bid

Republican Party leaders voted to recommend that former Massachusetts Governor William Weld be the party's candidate for governor in New York next year. The majority of the...  Go to full article
Plattsburgh Paper Focuses Attention on Race In Schools (Source:  Press-Republican)

Exploring the "Color Bind" in North Country Schools

Like many rural regions across the U.S., the north country has far fewer African Americans and Hispanics than the national average. This week the Plattsburgh Press...  Go to full article

Republican County Leaders Meet in Albany

The leaders of the state Republican Party are meeting in Albany today. Although the State Party Chair, Steven Minarik, had wanted members to agree on a candidate for governor...  Go to full article

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