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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
Sep 1, 2014 — Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim."
Sep 1, 2014 — Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing's award caps a nearly three-decade campaign to get the Civil War battle honor through Congress.
Sep 1, 2014 — An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this midterm election cycle, that's not quite right.
Sep 1, 2014 — The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.
Aug 31, 2014 — One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."

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.

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 government policy. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 easily topple the minority Liberal government yesterday. An election is expected January 23. The party leaders will hit the road today for the wintertime campaign. Robert Thacker is chair of the Canadian Studies department at St. Lawrence University, and a close observer of Canadian politics. He spoke with Martha Foley about the politics, and the players.  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

NY Republicans Hold Election Strategy Meeting

The Republican leader of the New York State Senate is urging the head of the state's Republican party to keep an open mind until January, about which candidate to back for...  Go to full article

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...  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...  Go to full article

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