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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
Aug 1, 2014 — The $694 million Border Security Supplemental Spending Bill was endorsed one day after the House Republican leadership canceled its plan to hold a vote on the legislation.
Aug 1, 2014 — The Pentagon has recommended cutting troop strength to 450,000, but a bipartisan report says that given the global threats, the reduction is too big.
Aug 1, 2014 — Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.
Aug 1, 2014 — House Republicans are delaying their August recess, sticking around Washington to try passing a bill meant to address the border crisis. Democrats and President Obama have already voiced their opposition to the bill on the table.
Aug 1, 2014 — A Florida judge has ordered the state legislature to come back from recess for a special session. Lawmakers will be expected to draw up new maps for congressional districts found unconstitutional. The judge says he may push back the November 4 election date and order special elections in the affected districts.

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.

Mohawks Reverse Casino Plans, Again

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is changing its plans for a casino in the Catskills again. In a letter to the federal government, two of three tribal chiefs said they are abandoning a gaming project at Kutcher's resort in favor of another one they had left behind five years ago. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

After GOP Rift, Essex DA Race Turns Ugly

The Essex County district attorney race has been ugly and controversial. Independent and Conservative candidate Debra Whitson from Willsboro lost the Republican primary but decided to stay in the race. She has since accused her Republican rival of once living with a drug dealer. The GOP's candidate, Julie Garcia from Schroon Lake, says the claim is false and has announced plans to sue Whitson for defamation of character. The race was first thrown into turmoil last spring when Republicans declined to endorse veteran DA Ron Briggs. Ed Forbes is editor of the Lake Placid News. The weekly paper's latest issue has an in depth report on the Essex County race. He tells Brian Mann that the divisive campaign reflects deep divisions within the GOP.  Go to full article

Voters to Decide Fate of Transportation Bond Act

New York voters will be asked whether they want the state to borrow $2.9 billion dollars as part of a Transportation Bond Act on the November 8th ballot. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Drawing the Line on Campaign Signs

Pumpkins, leaf piles, soccer moms... and campaign placards. Commentator Tom French draws the line in these last signs of the season.  Go to full article

DA Hopefuls Spar Over Experience, Prescription Drugs

The candidates for St. Lawrence County District Attorney are entering the home stretch of what could be a closely contested race. Acting DA Gary Miles is running on the...  Go to full article

Environmental Group Opposes Tupper Resort

A pro-environment group has stepped up as the first major organization to oppose the Adirondack Club development in Tupper Lake. The Association for the Protection of the...  Go to full article

Spitzer Criticizes Budget Reform Amendment

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who is running for Governor, has been speaking out against a budget proposition on November's ballot that is being pushed by the state...  Go to full article

Fort Ann Keeps Dam Details Secret, Cites Homeland Security

In early July, an earthen dam in the town of Fort Ann gave way, flooding a neighborhood. No lives were lost, but 200 people were forced to evacuate and at least ten homes...  Go to full article

Farms Seek Help With Pollution Regs

A farm group is calling for more state and federal help to meet clean air and water standards. The New York Association of Conservation Districts drafted several resolutions...  Go to full article

Budget Reform Amendment Divides Albany

Voters will be offered a chance to make changes to the state's budget process in a proposition on the November 8th ballot. Karen DeWitt takes a look at who's for and who's...  Go to full article

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