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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...
Well, it took long enough, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has officially shed his pesky Canadian citizenship. Political wonks and dedicated In Box readers already know being born in Canada had come back to haunt this possible presidential contender. As...

Jul 22, 2014 — In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions.
Jul 22, 2014 — Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
Jul 22, 2014 — Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.
Jul 22, 2014 — One panel threw out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. Another said the IRS rule that set them up was legal.
Jul 22, 2014 — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tells NPR the nation can't "absorb" all migrants fleeing violence and must secure its own border first. He dismissed potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton as old news.

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.

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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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Grassroots Group Urges Clinton to Run for President

The leader of a national "Hillary Clinton for President" movement came to the State Capitol Wednesday to promote his grassroots effort to encourage the Senator and former First Lady to run in 2008. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki: Illegal to Publish Taped Phone Conversations

The New York Giants have agreed to keep their summer training camp at SUNY-Albany for another two years. Governor Pataki was on hand for the announcement. The Governor also addressed the issue of secretly recorded tapes of phone conversations of a top Pataki aid and others which were made public this week. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Delays Icy Navigation Vote

The St. Lawrence County legislature last night tabled a resolution to call on the St. Lawrence Seaway to open later. It was a carbon copy of a resolution passed in Jefferson County. Seaway critics say icy conditions in late March are bad for the environment and would be dangerous if there were an oil spill. The Seaway's top administrator said those concerns are based on incomplete information and bad science. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Wolves Retain Endangered Species Protection

A federal judge in Montpelier, Vermont, says the Bush administration can't take gray wolves off the endangered species list until the animals return to the Northeast. Gray...  Go to full article

Tri-Lakes Score Funding in Pataki Visit

As part of his visit to Tupper Lake on Friday, Governor Pataki announced Quality Communities grants totaling $264,000 for more than a half dozen North Country communities.  Go to full article

Albany Has Most Lobbyists: 3,842

A study has confirmed what many in Albany know anecdotally. New York has more registered lobbyists than any other state: 3,842, or 18 per legislator. The numbers are part of...  Go to full article

Bruno Calls on Clinton, Schumer to Deliver More Medicaid Funding

New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno is calling on New York's Senators in Washington to help win more Medicaid funding for the state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Meier Considers Run for Governor

Since Governor Pataki announced two weeks ago that he won't seek a forth term next year, several names have emerged as possible Republican candidates. Yesterday, Senator...  Go to full article

Pirro Entry Shifts Senate Race

Westchester County DA Jeanine Pirro continued a second day of a statewide tour Thursday, promoting her intentions to challenge Hillary Clinton for the US Senate seat next...  Go to full article

Pirro Makes Senate Campaign Official

Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro formally announced the plans she'd revealed earlier this week - she's seeking the Republican nomination to run against...  Go to full article

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