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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 30, 2014 — Wildfires are ravaging thousands of square miles on the West Coast, though officials say that this wildfire season has been tamer than average. Still, responding to these fires has proven costly, and the Obama administration is reevaluating how it pays for fighting them.
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.
Jul 30, 2014 — A bipartisan group of senators has introduced new legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on American college campuses. If passed, the bill would force colleges to handle accusations more aggressively and provide advocates for victims.
Jul 30, 2014 — Republicans in the House are holding a floor vote to allow Speaker Boehner to sue President Obama. They believe he's overstepped his constitutional authority; specifically, the resolution would authorize a federal lawsuit for Obama's handling of the Affordable Care Act.
Jul 30, 2014 — Hillary Clinton's book tour is over, and so is the debate over whether she'll make a 2016 presidential bid. Still, her official decision is months away — time she needs to polish her talking points.

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.
Jeanine Pirro
Jeanine Pirro

Pirro Unveils First Radio Campaign Ad

U.S. Senate candidate Jeanine Pirro introduced her first radio ad of her U.S. Senate campaign against Hillary Clinton Tuesday, focusing on a proposed state law to deal with sex offenders. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

St Lawrence County Brainstorms Home Heating Solutions

Heating prices will hit record highs this year. New York State legislators are wondering what to do about the problem. Hillary Clinton and other Senators are calling on President Bush to do more on the federal level. Meanwhile, St. Lawrence County recently eased the burden slightly--they suspended all home heating fuel taxes for this winter. What more can people on the local level do to help themselves?

Last week a diverse group met in Canton to address that issue. Energy providers, church leaders and community advocates from St Lawrence County had a brainstorm session.  Go to full article

Budget Reform Amendment Criticized

Opponents of the legislature's budget amendment, which will appear on November's ballot, spoke out against the proposal, saying it does not represent real reform. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

ATV Deaths, Injuries Trigger Federal Rules Probe

A Federal agency says all-terrain vehicles are causing too many deaths and serious injuries in the U.S. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a report this month...  Go to full article

Border Patrol Downplays Minutemen

Civilian border watchers and their critics gathered on the Vermont border with Canada over the weekend. Between 6 and 10 volunteers for the Minuteman Project monitored the...  Go to full article

Bruno wants Lawmakers to Tackle Energy Crisis

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno is trying to put pressure on Assembly Democrats to return to Albany to deal with the growing energy crisis. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Park Agency Chairman Ross Whaley

APA May Reduce Public Comments at Meetings

The Adirondack Park Agency was shaken this summer by a state investigation that found official computers were being used for the transmission of pornography. Executive...  Go to full article

Golisano Joins Republican Party

Now that Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano has decided to switch allegiance from the Independence Party he formed to the Republican Party, speculation is growing about what...  Go to full article

GOP Candidates Woo North Country Republicans

Republican leaders from across the North Country met behind closed doors Wednesday in Malone with the party's potential candidates for US Senate and NY Governor in 2006. The...  Go to full article

Sweeney Pushes Homeland Security Fund Shift

New York Congressman John Sweeney says the federal government is spending homeland security dollars in the wrong places. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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