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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
Sep 2, 2014 — A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.
Sep 2, 2014 — At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
Sep 2, 2014 — David Greene talks to Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about the situation in Ukraine. The New Jersey Democrat has just returned from a trip to Ukraine.
Sep 2, 2014 — Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Co. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedly defeated in a June primary.
Sep 1, 2014 — Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim."

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.

Environmentalists Slam Bush Over Superfund Cleanups

Environmentalists are marking the 25th anniversary of the Superfund by criticizing the Bush administration for not doing enough to clean up toxic waste sites. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Region Fights Barriers to Emergency Communications

New York State will pay a Massachusetts company $2 billion to build a statewide emergency communications system. The same company, Macom Incorporated, developed parts of the network in Louisiana that failed during Hurricane Katrina. State officials say New York's radio network will be built to withstand natural and manmade disasters. The project comes as North Country counties struggle to improve radio service for local emergency crews. As Brian Mann reports, the big hurdles are mountains, environmental regulations, and the lack of coordination between different agencies.  Go to full article

Advocates Press GOP on School Funding

Proponents of a court order to increase school funding in New York say they'll target Republican State Senators to try to get them to agree to add new money for education in the state budget next year. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

County Votes to Drop Heating Fuel Sales Tax

With record fuel prices expected this winter, the St. Lawrence County Finance Committee voted unanimously to suspend all county taxes on heating fuels starting December 1. ...  Go to full article

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...  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...  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...  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

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