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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 21, 2014 — In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.
Aug 21, 2014 — One of the most expensive Senate races this year is in North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagen is trying to keep her job. Her approval numbers are dismal, but so are those for her GOP opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.
Aug 21, 2014 — With the electorate as polarized as ever and the promise of plenty of close House and Senate elections this November, lawyers are already preparing for the recounts that are almost certain to follow.
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
Aug 18, 2014 — President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

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.

Garcia Elected Essex County DA

Julie Garcia will be the first female district attorney in Essex County. Garcia, a Republican, defeated Conservative Party challenger Debra Whitson on Tuesday, bringing an end to a controversial and, at times, ugly campaign. As Chris Knight reports, one of Garcia's first tasks will be to review the budget of the district attorney's office.  Go to full article

Dem Upsets GOP DA In Clinton County

A far quieter and more civil district attorney's race in Clinton County produced one of the north country's biggest upsets yesterday. Democrat Andrew Wylie defeated incumbent Republican Richard Cantwell by a decisive 1200-vote margin. Brian Mann has that report.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake Resort Boosters Lose Election

Two local politicians who supported the massive new resort development in Tupper Lake were voted out of office yesterday. The incumbent mayor Sandra Strader and town supervisor Gregory LaFrance each drew only about a third of the votes in their races. As Brian Mann reports, many local residents still have doubts about the project's funding and its impact on the quality of life in Tupper Lake.  Go to full article

Voters Decide Budget Reform and Transportation Plan

It's election day, and New York voters will be asked two questions on the ballot. Karen DeWitt takes a look at what they are.  Go to full article

NY Expected to Modernize Voting Machines

This Election Day in New York may be the last time that voters use the old-fashioned mechanical lever machines. Under a new federal law, New York and other states have to...  Go to full article

Legislature Races in Jefferson, Lewis Counties

Jefferson and Lewis County legislatures are up for a vote tomorrow. But the political landscape is quite different between the two. Lewis County districts have been...  Go to full article

Budget Pig Statue Hauled Statewide to Protest Tuesday's Ballot Proposal

Opponents of a budget amendment on Tuesday's ballot are traveling the state with a giant statue of a pig, saying the proposal would lead to out-of-control spending by the...  Go to full article

Mohawks Reverse Casino Plans, Again

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is changing its plans for a casino in the Catskills again. In a letter to the federal government, two of three tribal chiefs said they are...  Go to full article

After GOP Rift, Essex DA Race Turns Ugly

The Essex County district attorney race has been ugly and controversial. Independent and Conservative candidate Debra Whitson from Willsboro lost the Republican primary but...  Go to full article

Voters to Decide Fate of Transportation Bond Act

New York voters will be asked whether they want the state to borrow $2.9 billion dollars as part of a Transportation Bond Act on the November 8th ballot. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

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