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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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Sep 2, 2014 — A database of every item the Pentagon has sent to local, state and federal authorities since 2006 sheds light on the massive scope, and evolution, of the 1033 program.
Sep 2, 2014 — The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.
Sep 2, 2014 — A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.
Sep 2, 2014 — At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
Sep 2, 2014 — David Greene talks to Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about the situation in Ukraine. The New Jersey Democrat has just returned from a trip to Ukraine.

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.

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 legislature. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 weeks ago the county legislature voted to lift the 3.5 percent county sales tax on all heating fuels this winter, to make the heating burden a little easier to bear. The problem is, no one told the fuel vendors how they're supposed to report the untaxed sales to the IRS. County Treasurer Robert McNeil has been fielding the phone calls. He spoke with Gregory Warner.  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

It's Not the Work, It's the Wages

Much of the growing public discourse on immigration policy assumes America needs foreign workers to do the grunt work. Commentator Paul Willcott disagrees.  Go to full article

Canada's Liberals Fall

For the first time in history, a Canadian government has fallen on a straight non-confidence motion. The Conservatives, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois joined forces to...  Go to full article

Schumer Calls for Drum Housing Summit

Senator Chuck Schumer wants North Country leaders to get together to deal with the housing crunch around Fort Drum. On Monday, the Democrat called for a Fort Drum Housing...  Go to full article

GOP to Choose 2006 Candidates December 12th

The head of the State's GOP promises his party will decide on a candidate for Governor and U.S. Senate before mid December. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Groups Call for More Government Aid to Help Stop Hunger

The state's food pantries and soup kitchens want Governor Pataki and the legislature to commit more money to help poor New Yorkers pay their heating bills. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

McHugh/Sweeney Vote Against House Republican Budget Plan

Last week, House Republicans salvaged a 50 billion-dollar spending-cut plan by a vote of 217 to 215, with Democrats solidly opposed. The measure would make modest but...  Go to full article

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