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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...



Politics
Aug 21, 2014 — The Texas governor exploring a 2016 presidential bid says the Islamic State is too big of a threat to take direct intervention off the table.
Aug 21, 2014 — With the electorate as polarized as ever and the promise of plenty of close House and Senate elections this November, lawyers are already preparing for the recounts that are almost certain to follow.
Aug 21, 2014 — In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.
Aug 21, 2014 — Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, for unpopular laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward the president at Hagan.
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.

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.

Ottawa Adresses Urban-Rural Divide

When Ottawa was re-drawn to incorporate neighboring townships in 2001, the city that emerged was equivalent in size to all of New York's Clinton County. Roughly 90 percent of the new city's population resides in urban settings, while 90 percent of the land area remains rural. Centralization produced rural resentment that decisions were being made by a downtown bureaucracy which seemed culturally, and physically, remote. Responding to mounting frustrations, Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli eventually called for a rural summit, which was held last week. Ottawa's City Council has followed up by earmarking two million dollars to fund summit-identified priorities. The two-day event wound up over the weekend. Lucy Martin filed this report.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff (R-Plattsburgh)

GOP's North Country Stronghold Now In Play

The North Country has long been seen a stronghold for New York's Republican Party. Deep support in this region helped elect Governor George Pataki. In some towns, voter registration still runs 3-to-1 in favor of the GOP. But for the first time in decades, the North Country has a Democratic assemblyman, Darryl Aubertine, who won re-election in 2004 by a 2-to-1 margin. In last week's election, Democrat LeRoy Akins edged incumbent Republican Harold Taylor and will take over as mayor of Glens Falls. Plattsburgh assemblyman Chris Ortloff, a Republican, represents the 114th District. Ortloff says his party can't take this region's support for granted, especially in 2006.  Go to full article

Ottawa Brings Rural and Urban Together

In the late 90's, the Province of Ontario decided there were significant cost-savings to be found in municipal amalgamation. In 2001, the province ordered 11 historically-independent cities and townships to consolidate. They did, making an expanded City of Ottawa. The "forced marriage" has not gone smoothly.
While the majority of the new city's population lives in the urban core, almost 92 percent of the total area remains rural. A chorus of complaints has risen. Rural residents say they've lost services - and access to their representatives. Meanwhile, they now live with city-style rules and bureaucracy. Many of the old townships had carefully-guarded budget surpluses, while the new City of Ottawa has seen tax increases and chronic budget shortfalls. This week, Ottawa hosted a long-planned "Rural Summit" to bring urban and rural together. Lucy Martin reports.  Go to full article

NY Republicans Plan Election Strategy

State Republican Party Chair Steven Minarik will be holding a special strategy meeting with his top aides Monday, to address growing disarray in the party over who to run for...  Go to full article

Walmart Foes Sue Potsdam Over Supercenter

Potsdam town officials say they're not surprised by a lawsuit against a planned Walmart Supercenter on Route 11. Opponents of the project sued the company and the town in...  Go to full article

Hevesi: New Rules for Albany's "Shadow Government"

New York State's Comptroller wants to crack down on public authorities. The new regulations by Alan Hevesi stem from widespread instances of corruption at the semi-public...  Go to full article
ES&S's Judd Ryan shows off the iVotronic LS.

Kicking the Tires on New Voting Machines

St. Lawrence County officials and pollworkers got to audition a new voting machine Monday. The company ES&S showed off a model designed especially for New York. ES&S has...  Go to full article

Senate Ceiling Problems Force Chamber Closing

New York's Senate chamber has been closed until the end of the year, after structural engineers discovered a crack in a supporting beam in the ornate chamber's ceiling. ...  Go to full article

Special Report: A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In this half-hour documentary first recorded in April 2002, Brian Mann takes us to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for an in-depth look at a place where the...  Go to full article

Commentary: Ending Terrorist Attacks

Immediately after the terrible events of 9/11, this country and some other western nations commenced what is called the "War on Terrorism". That has entailed a variety of...  Go to full article

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