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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 28, 2014 — NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.
Aug 28, 2014 — President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.
Aug 28, 2014 — Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.
Aug 28, 2014 — Steve Inskeep talks to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan about the prospects for an immigration bill. On Friday, Morning Edition will talk to Ryan about his ideas for fighting poverty.
Aug 28, 2014 — A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.

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.

Cheney Pushes Steady Course in Iraq

Vice President Dick Cheney told troops at Fort Drum that an early withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq would increase the risk of terrorist attacks at home and abroad. Cheney rallied several thousand members of the 10th Mountain Division and the 42nd Infantry Division yesterday in a hangar on Fort Drum's airfield. The appearance was a part of a series of speeches aiming to shore up support for the war in Iraq at a time when public support is at an all-time low. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Soldiers React to Cheney Message

A mass of soldiers formed the backdrop for the vice president's speech yesterday. And the troops right behind Cheney were wearing brand-new, light grey camouflage uniforms - designed for desert combat. They're known as ACUs. Deployed soldiers are already wearing the new colors, but the rest of Fort Drum wasn't supposed to be issued the new uniforms until January.
That all changed when the vice president announced his visit. Top brass gave the order to ramp up delivery, and over the weekend, Bradley's Military Supply was full of soldiers -- and the sound of sewing machines. Gregory Warner stopped by as the vice president's speech was live on local television.  Go to full article

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...  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...  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

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