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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...

Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
Aug 26, 2014 — President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets.
Aug 26, 2014 — The president has approved surveillance flights over Syria to search for targets for possible airstrikes. But critics of the administration say that may not be enough.
Aug 26, 2014 — Two years ago in Anaheim, Calif., events unfolded not unlike those recently in Ferguson, Mo. In Anaheim then, two Latino men were shot by police, and civic anger turned into a few nights of sometimes-violent demonstrations. Now, Anaheim's police and government are trying to work more closely with the Latino community, and a vote in November could make some major changes.
Aug 26, 2014 — One subject mentioned by protestors and non protesting residents of Ferguson, Mo., was voting. The turn out for registered African American voters in the last municipal elections was 6 percent.

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.

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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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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.

Tri-Lakes Score Funding in Pataki Visit

As part of his visit to Tupper Lake on Friday, Governor Pataki announced Quality Communities grants totaling $264,000 for more than a half dozen North Country communities.  Go to full article

Albany Has Most Lobbyists: 3,842

A study has confirmed what many in Albany know anecdotally. New York has more registered lobbyists than any other state: 3,842, or 18 per legislator. The numbers are part of a new report released by the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. To make sense of these numbers we called Blair Horner, Legislative Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. He spoke to Gregory Warner.  Go to full article

Bruno Calls on Clinton, Schumer to Deliver More Medicaid Funding

New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno is calling on New York's Senators in Washington to help win more Medicaid funding for the state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Meier Considers Run for Governor

Since Governor Pataki announced two weeks ago that he won't seek a forth term next year, several names have emerged as possible Republican candidates. Yesterday, Senator...  Go to full article

Pirro Entry Shifts Senate Race

Westchester County DA Jeanine Pirro continued a second day of a statewide tour Thursday, promoting her intentions to challenge Hillary Clinton for the US Senate seat next...  Go to full article

Pirro Makes Senate Campaign Official

Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro formally announced the plans she'd revealed earlier this week - she's seeking the Republican nomination to run against...  Go to full article

Republicans Get a Head Start on Hillary

Edward Cox, a New York City attorney and son-in-law of former president Richard Nixon, has been meeting with North Country Republicans as he considers a run. As Chris Knight...  Go to full article

A County Perspective on Ed Cox

Joe Gray is Chairman of the Republican committee in St. Lawrence County. He met with Cox Monday in Norwood. He's also met the candidate at fundraisers for his boss, state...  Go to full article

Schumer Visits the Adirondacks

As part of a tour of the North Country on Monday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer traveled to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, the community leaders and...  Go to full article

Adirondack Park Agency Chief Suspended

Adirondack Park Agency chief Daniel Fitts was suspended Friday after an investigation into inappropriate material found on computers at APA headquarters. A report from the...  Go to full article

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