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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 25, 2014 — There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?
Jul 25, 2014 — Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.
Jul 25, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss U.S. policy options in the Gaza Strip and Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-poverty plan.
Jul 25, 2014 — The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence.
Jul 25, 2014 — New York City officials approved a plan for a separate entrance for low-income residents in a luxury building. Is the decision smart economics or discrimination? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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.
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff (R-Plattsburgh)
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff (R-Plattsburgh)

Republican Ortloff Praises Reform in Democratic Assembly

Reform groups say the movement to change New York's legislature has just begun. But veteran Republican Assemblyman Chris Ortloff says progress this year was nothing short of revolutionary. Ortloff says new rules in the Democrat-led Assembly allowed more open debate than ever before. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

2005 Legislature: What Was Accomplished, What Wasn't

Government reform groups are giving Governor Pataki and the legislature credit for taking a number of steps to fix state government during the 2005 legislative session. But they say many of the changes may fall short of actually changing the culture in Albany. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Senator Ron Stafford, Legendary North Country Lawmaker, Dead at 69

One of the north country's most powerful statesmen passed away on Friday. Senator Ron Stafford was first elected to the state senate in 1965. He died of lung cancer at his Plattsburgh home. Brian Mann has details.

Calling hours for Senator Stafford will be held Monday from noon until 8 p.m. at St. Peter's church on Cornelia Street in Plattsburgh. The funeral will be held at St. Peter's, Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.  Go to full article

Stafford's Enduring Legacy: A Conversation With Bob Grady

In 2002, when Sen. Stafford announced his retirement, Martha Foley spoke with Bob Grady, managing editor of the Plattsburgh Press Republican. They talked about Sen....  Go to full article

Lawmakers Wrap Up 2005 Session

New York State lawmakers were wrapping up the 2005 legislative session on Friday, with a number of new bills finished and many left undone. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Scramble to Finish Work

Governor Pataki announced agreement on three new pieces of legislation, as lawmakers were scrambling to finish their business and meet their self-imposed deadline of ending...  Go to full article

Rove Says Liberals Have Been Soft on Terrorism

Governor Pataki refused to criticize comments made by President Bush's top aid, Karl Rove, at a Conservative Party dinner in New York Wednesday night. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Agree on Hydropower Allocation

North Country lawmakers have been at odds over how to retain low-cost power produced at the hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River. On Tuesday they reached an...  Go to full article

State Senate Wants Retirement Benefits for Blinded North Country Guardsman

A bill passed by the state Senate yesterday would offer extra retirement pay and health coverage to a North Country prison guard. Christopher Paiser was blinded by shrapnel...  Go to full article

Clinton Calls for Reversal of CPB Funding Cuts

Senator Clinton is also calling on Congress to restore funding for public broadcasting. She says it would undermine quality children's programming.  Go to full article

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