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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...



Politics
Jul 29, 2014 — A new SuperPAC aims to reduce the influence of big money in politics — and it's starting by raising millions of dollars, in part from wealthy donors.
Jul 29, 2014 — The Library of Congress has released the rather racy love letters that former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips.
Jul 29, 2014 — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act.
Jul 29, 2014 — The public corruption trial is now underway for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. In dramatic opening arguments, lawyers described the McDonnells' marriage as a shambles. For more on the trial's start, Ari Shapiro turns to Jeff Schapiro, who is covering it for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Jul 29, 2014 — Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office for over a decade, but Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is the most viable hope the party's had in a long time. While Nunn has a well-known name and a strong fundraising arm, analysts say she'll have to mobilize minority voters to have a chance.

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.

Energy Companies Seek New Power Plant Law

Leaders in New York's energy industry say Governor Pataki and the legislature must act to renew a law that would let them build new power plants in the state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Barbara McMartin, 1932-2005

Adirondack Author, Activist Barbara McMartin Dead at 73

Adirondack author and activist Barbara McMartin died yesterday at the age of 73. She had been battling breast cancer for more than two decades. McMartin spent thirty years exploring the region. She wrote more than twenty books, capturing the history and the environmental conflicts of the Adirondacks. She authored and edited a series of popular guidebooks. McMartin also sat on the state's Forest Preserve Advisory committee and served as its chairman. She was honored in 2004 by the Residents Committee for the Protection of the Adirondacks, with an Adirondack Park Defender award. Brian Mann traveled to McMartin's home in Canada Lake last year to talk with about her life and her final book The Privately Owned Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Clinton to Bring Passport Concerns North

Senator Hillary Clinton will visit Massena next week. The first-term Democrat is seeking re-election next year. She's expected to draw attention to a proposal that could require a passport when crossing the U.S.-Canada border. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence River near Waddington before it was dammed.

Shoe Drops on River Lands

Two years ago, the New York Power Authority got a new 50-year license to operate the hydropower dam on the St. Lawrence River. One condition of the license renewal was that...  Go to full article

Spitzer Attends Government Forum in Plattsburgh

New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was in Plattsburgh on Wednesday to attend a government affairs forum sponsored by the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of...  Go to full article

NY Senate Considers Fuel Price Relief

The New York State Senate returned to the capitol for a one-day session to deal with the growing energy crisis. Without the return of the Assembly, though, any bills passed...  Go to full article

Families Face Heating Oil Pinch

State Senator Betty Little, from Queensbury, says the big concern for families in the North Country is pay for heating fuel. She says the higher energy costs could have a...  Go to full article

Pataki, Spitzer: Increase Staff to Stop Medicaid Fraud, Waste

Governor Pataki's second in command at the state health department says he's working hard to combat Medicaid fraud. He blamed a newspaper and members of the legislature for...  Go to full article

Groups Split on Budget Reform Amendment

Government reform advocates are urging a yes vote on a budget reform amendment to go before voters in November. They say criticism of the referendum by opponents is...  Go to full article

Commentary: Whose "Business" is Katrina?

Speaking from New Orleans last night, President Bush said when government fails to respond quickly to a disaster, the President is responsible for the problem and the...  Go to full article

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