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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 29, 2014 — Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
Aug 28, 2014 — NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.
Aug 28, 2014 — President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.
Aug 28, 2014 — Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.
Aug 28, 2014 — Steve Inskeep talks to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan about the prospects for an immigration bill. On Friday, Morning Edition will talk to Ryan about his ideas for fighting poverty.

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.

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 solution. Commentator Mike Owen says that when government models itself on business, providing services becomes a liability to be avoided. Owen is a self-employed carpenter from Colton.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Gas Tax Cut

The chair of the Assembly Energy Committee says it might not be a good idea to cut state gasoline taxes right now. At a hearing, Assemblyman Paul Tonko says while he's open to the idea, the money might be needed to assist schools and low income people with higher heating bills this winter. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

News Analysis: Senate's Rural Bent Aids Roberts' Confirmation

Senators Chuck Schumer from New York and Patrick Leahy from Vermont, both Democrats, have taken leading rolls this week in the John Roberts confirmation hearings. Despite their reservations, it's considered a foregone conclusion that the Senate will approve Roberts as the next Chief Justice. Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann has been working this year on a special project, studying the influence of rural America on national politics. In this morning's news analysis, Brian says the outcome of the Roberts confirmation is shaped to a surprising degree by a rural bias hardwired into the Senate's composition.
Welcome to the Homeland Brian Mann's book on rural American politics will be published next year by Steerforth Press.  Go to full article

New DEC Chief Plans More Open Space

Governor Pataki says acting Conservation Commissioner Denise Sheehan will lead the state's leading environmental agency until his term in office ends in 2007. Sheehan has...  Go to full article

NYRA Federal Indictment Dismissed

A federal indictment against the New York Racing Association has been dismissed, after a court appointed federal monitor reported that NYRA has reformed many of its past...  Go to full article

McHugh Requests $900M More for Home Heating

Heating oil prices are at record highs, 54% higher than last winter. Natural Gas prices are up 135%. The money that's out there to help low income families heat their homes...  Go to full article

Gas Prices Volatile; Pols Want Action

Prices jumped another 50 cents at many gas stations yesterday. Local retailers say they're responding to volatile supply prices. New York politicians are beginning to worry...  Go to full article

Sayward Says Gas Tax Repeal Easy

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward is asking Governor Pataki to call an emergency session of the state legislature to remove the state's gas tax for the rest of the year.  Go to full article

Bruno Predicts Gas Tax Cap

New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says his Republican members will push this fall for a cap on the state sales tax on gasoline. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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...  Go to full article

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