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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 24, 2014 — Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations.
Jul 24, 2014 — The Wisconsin Republican is rolling out a plan that he says will fight poverty more effectively than the programs launched by former President Johnson's War on Poverty, but progressives are skeptical.
Jul 24, 2014 — Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.
Jul 24, 2014 — An open revolt among moderate Kansas Republicans has clouded Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election hopes and focused national attention on the tax-cutting experiment at the heart of his "red-state model."
Jul 23, 2014 — The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

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.

Pataki Seeks Tougher Boating Regulations

Officials say the Lake George tour boat that capsized this weekend killing 20 passengers was not appropriately certified to carry 48 passengers. The Ethan Allen was carrying 47 passengers and a captain when it capsized Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board acting chairman Mark Rosenker says a road test on the boat's twin sister yesterday found the boat started to become unstable after just three barrels, each weighing 477 pounds, were placed on its left side. The board was planning to test 12 barrels. 12 would have been the equivalent of 48 passengers. Rosenker also said passengers on the Ethan Allen did not receive a safety briefing before their trip. Such a safety briefing is not required by state law, however. Yesterday, Governor George Pataki says he'll propose new standards for tourboats in New York. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Clinton Invites Chertoff to See Border for Himself

Fresh off a meeting in the border town of Massena Monday, Senator Hillary Clinton invited Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to see for himself how close New York and Canada are in this region. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Gov. Wants Passport Exemption for NYers

Senator Clinton and Governor Pataki pushed separately yesterday against a proposal to require passports at border crossings with Canada. The governor says he'll try to convince the federal government to exempt New Yorkers from the plan. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence DA Candidates Face Off

The two candidates for district attorney in St. Lawrence County faced off in a debate last week. Republican Gary Miles and Democrat Nicole Duve clashed over several issues,...  Go to full article
Senator Hillary Clinton in Massena.

Clinton Supports Milk Subsidy, Opposes Passport Plan

Senator Hillary Clinton has paid a lot attention to the North Country in her first term in office. As she seeks re-election next year, that trend continues. The Democrat...  Go to full article

Democrats Ready to Question Supreme Court Nominee Miers

Some Democrats aren't willing to give Harriet Miers a quick go-ahead to sit on the Supreme Court. The top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, Vermont's Patrick...  Go to full article

Business Group Says No to Budget Amendment

Voters will be asked in November to decide whether to approve a proposal by the legislature that leading lawmakers say will reform the state's budget process. But opponents...  Go to full article

DEC Truck Crashes on Vandalized Bridge in Disputed Champion Lands

State officials are investigating the vandalism of two bridges in the Champion Easement lands near Santa Clara in the northern Adirondacks. One of the bridges collapsed...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Slam Bush Over Superfund Cleanups

Environmentalists are marking the 25th anniversary of the Superfund by criticizing the Bush administration for not doing enough to clean up toxic waste sites. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Region Fights Barriers to Emergency Communications

New York State will pay a Massachusetts company $2 billion to build a statewide emergency communications system. The same company, Macom Incorporated, developed parts of the...  Go to full article

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