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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
Jul 31, 2014 — Votes are set Thursday in both the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate on bills addressing the young migrants seeking refuge. But the competing bills have little chance of being reconciled.
Jul 31, 2014 — Congress leaves some significant business unfinished as it goes on break. But the talk of Washington and beyond is Wednesday's vote by House republicans to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama.
Jul 30, 2014 — The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.
Jul 30, 2014 — House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."
Jul 30, 2014 — To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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.

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 against the amendment. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State Expects Billion-dollar Budget Surplus by April

Governor Pataki reports that the numbers half way through the state's fiscal year show a budget surplus of $1 billion dollars, but the governor's budget director is warning against any urges to start spending the money. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Forecast for Municipal Energy Costs Not Good

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi says a survey of local governments has found that energy costs will be going up for municipalities by $375 million dollars this winter. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Election 2005; Debate Over the Budget Amendment

Yesterday, two Albany insiders debated the merits of a constitutional amendment that will go before New York voters on Election Day. Democratic Assemblyman Joseph Brodsky...  Go to full article

North Country Residents Pan Border Passport Plan

About 20 people spoke out yesterday in Watertown against a plan to require passports at Canadian border crossings. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

State Approves St. Lawrence County Fuel Tax Suspension

St. Lawrence County residents won't have to pay full sales tax on heating fuel this winter. The state agreed to let the county suspend its 3% share beginning December 1st. ...  Go to full article

Environmentalists: DEC Staff Cuts Threaten Public Safety

A report by an environmental watchdog group finds staffing cuts at the Pataki Administration's environmental agency could have dangerous consequences. The group says dams...  Go to full article

McHugh: Alternatives to Passport-Only Border Crossing Needed

Congressman John McHugh says Homeland Security officials still don't fully grasp the binational nature of the US-Canada border in the North Country. But he says hearings in...  Go to full article

Budget Reform Amendment Could be Too Confusing

A Budget Amendment proposed by the legislature will be on November's ballot, but supporters and opponents worry the wording of the question may be so complex that many voters...  Go to full article

Business Group Supports Transportation Act

In November's election, New Yorkers will be asked to vote on whether to borrow $2.9 billion dollars to fund transportation projects. Some say the state has already borrowed...  Go to full article

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