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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...
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...



Politics
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
Aug 18, 2014 — President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.
Aug 18, 2014 — James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.
Aug 18, 2014 — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.
Aug 18, 2014 — In the wake of President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency inheriting a nation divided over Watergate and distracted from pressing domestic and international events.

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.

State Promises Millions for Railroads

Governor Pataki says New York will spend $40 million over the next two years upgrading the state's railroad infrastructure. A third of that money will go to support rail operations in the North Country, rebuilding tracks and subsidizing passenger service. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Under-funding Threatens Library Services

At an Assembly hearing on library aid, New York's education commissioner and librarians said public libraries are woefully under funded, and need more money to help New Yorker's compete in the global economy. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Cheney Brings War Message to Drum

Vice President Dick Cheney is heading for Watertown today for a meet-and-greet with troops just back from Iraq. It's part of a concerted effort to shore up public support for the Iraq war. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Pirro Staying in Senate Race

Beleaguered U.S. Senate candidate Jeanine Pirro says she's staying in the race, despite calls by some in her party for her to quit and run for Attorney General instead. ...  Go to full article

New Assembly Minority Leader Hits the Road

The new leader of the New York Assembly Republicans says he intends to "hit the ground running" during his first days of running the smallest political faction in the state...  Go to full article

Judiciary Submits Budget Request

Judges in New York want Governor George Pataki to give them a pay raise this year in the new budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Fuel Vendors Face Paperwork Puzzle

A fuel tax exemption kicks in tomorrow in St. Lawrence County, but some oil and fuel vendors are still waiting to find out how they're supposed to handle the paperwork. A few...  Go to full article

Politics Dominate Albany Senate Session

The New York State Senate returned for a one-day session to confirm some appointments made by Governor Pataki, but most of the talk of the day centered on politics, not...  Go to full article

It's Not the Work, It's the Wages

Much of the growing public discourse on immigration policy assumes America needs foreign workers to do the grunt work. Commentator Paul Willcott disagrees.  Go to full article

Canada's Liberals Fall

For the first time in history, a Canadian government has fallen on a straight non-confidence motion. The Conservatives, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois joined forces to...  Go to full article

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