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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 30, 2014 — The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.
Aug 29, 2014 — Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.
Aug 29, 2014 — There's an investigation into a payoff scheme before the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Jesse Benton says suggestions of his involvement are inaccurate and politically motivated.
Aug 29, 2014 — The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
Aug 29, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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.

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 state Supreme Court yesterday. The Potsdam planning board last month approved an application for Walmart to build a 188,000 square foot store. The lawsuit alleges the town failed to enforce its zoning laws. David Sommerstein reports.  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 entities, including a contract to sell development rights along the Erie Canal for just $30,000. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 placed thousands of machines in 20 states. All of New York's counties have to replace the old-fashioned mechanical lever units by next Election Day. Each county will choose the model it likes best. As David Sommerstein reports, the options will be limited, and getting new machines in place by next November will be a frantic undertaking.  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

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

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