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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...
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...



Politics
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama's carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
Aug 18, 2014 — President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.
Aug 18, 2014 — James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.
Aug 18, 2014 — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.
Aug 18, 2014 — In the wake of President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency inheriting a nation divided over Watergate and distracted from pressing domestic and international events.

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.

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. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 wilderness and the interests of development collide. The Refuge and its resources have returned to the center of national debate, as portions of it are once again being targeted for oil drilling.  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 measures, including public relations, diplomacy, shipping suspected terrorists abroad of interrogation, and invading Afghanistan and Iraq. Commentator Paul Willcott has a suggestion for another effort that is being overlooked at our peril.  Go to full article

North Country Flu Clinics Report Low Vaccine Supplies

We're a month into flu season. And many clinics around the North Country have been canceling flu shots. They simply don't have the drugs. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Local College Students Face Cuts

Congress is considering deep cuts in the Federal student loan programs that support many college students in the North Country. The proposal has triggered an intense...  Go to full article

SLU Student Fights for Loans

Haddie White is a junior at St. Lawrence University. She spent much of this week in the student union, behind a table of literature and sample letters to legislators about...  Go to full article

VT Gov Joins IP Protest In Ticonderoga

Hundreds of New Yorkers and Vermonters turned out last night for a public hearing in Ticonderoga. They came to debate International Paper's plan to use recycled car tires as...  Go to full article

Judge Blocks Adirondack Mansion Near Old Forge

A state judge in Herkimer County says a mansion in the western Adirondacks will have to be torn down. In a ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Michael Dailey found that Timothy...  Go to full article

Push for Budget Reform in Albany Will Continue

Supporters and opponents of a ballot proposal to change New York's budget process agree that even though the amendment was defeated, the push for reform of Albany's...  Go to full article

Duv? Wins St. Lawrence DA Race

In the race for St. Lawrence County District Attorney, Democrat Nicole Duvé upset acting district attorney Gary Miles, a Democrat running on the Republican line. Duvé won by...  Go to full article

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