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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 27, 2014 — Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to switching sides between GOP presidential candidates in exchange for under-the-table payments. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.
Aug 27, 2014 — The nonpartisan budget office reports growth that's slower than expected, but also that the Affordable Care Act's changes to Medicare are successfully holding down costs.
Aug 27, 2014 — The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.
Aug 27, 2014 — Across the nation, state legislators are gearing up for Election Day. And they're well aware that their fates could be tied to national political forces like the president's low approval rating.
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.

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.

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 reports.  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 politically painful cuts across a wide spectrum of programs for students, farmers and poor people. Opponents claim it's unseemly at a time when Congress is also moving to O-K tax cuts that would mainly benefit the wealthy. The bill does contain about 1 billion dollars more to help low income families and seniors pay their heating bills this winter. New York State is the single largest recipient of funding from the low income heating program. But those measures were not enough for two New York House republicans - John Sweeny of Clifton Park and John McHugh of Pierrepont Manor. Gregory Warner spoke to Congressman McHugh about his vote against the budget.  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 Governor next year. Karen DeWitt reports.  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

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...  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

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