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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 — House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
Jul 28, 2014 — The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.
Jul 27, 2014 — Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.

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.

Pro-choice Groups Attack Pataki's Stand on "Morning After" Pill

As Karen DeWott reports, pro-choice groups say they'll stick to their plan to run ads in key primary states branding Pataki as a flip-flopper.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Co. Mulls Sales Tax Hike for Jail

A St. Lawrence County lawmaker is lobbying his colleagues to support what conventional wisdom might consider a doubly unpopular proposition. He wants to increase the sales tax to help pay for a new jail. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Mayor Ruth Garner

Potsdam Mayor Garner to Step Down

One of the nation's oldest office-holders will step down this fall. Potsdam village mayor Ruth Garner says she won't run for re-election. Instead, she'll seek a seat on the village board. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Garner Looks Back, and Ahead

Martha Foley talks with Potsdam village Mayor Ruth Garner about her decision not to run for re-election.  Go to full article

Pataki Leaves Behind Mixed Legacy

Governor Pataki, who announced earlier this week that he would not be seeking reelection to a fourth term, leaves behind a mixed legacy. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

McHugh Breaks With GOP on Close CAFTA Vote

President Bush is hailing the House's narrow approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. North Country Republican Congressman John McHugh cited regional impacts...  Go to full article

Governor Pataki Won't Run for a Fourth Term

Governor Pataki, ending months of speculation, announced that he will not run for a fourth term in office. The governor did not say whether he expects to seek the Presidency...  Go to full article

Officials Praise Pataki as Friend of the North Country

Reaction to Governor Pataki's decision not to seek a fourth term continues to come in from across the North Country. As Chris Knight reports, leaders of the region's...  Go to full article
State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury)

Sen. Little: Pataki Bowout Another Political Blow to North Country

Many local leaders in the north country describe the loss of Governor Pataki as part of a one-two-three punch. Three years ago, the region lost Plattsburgh state Sen. Ron...  Go to full article

NY Power Plants Make List of Worst Northeast Polluters

Environmental groups say six of the top ten dirtiest power plants in the Northeast are located in New York State. They are urging Governors of Northeastern states, who are...  Go to full article

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