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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 30, 2014 — HiIlary Clinton's book tour is over, and her final decision on a 2016 presidential bid is months away. The tour highlighted Clinton's strengths, weaknesses and possible presidential campaign.
Jul 30, 2014 — A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.
Jul 29, 2014 — A new SuperPAC aims to reduce the influence of big money in politics — and it's starting by raising millions of dollars, in part from wealthy donors.
Jul 29, 2014 — The Library of Congress has released the rather racy love letters that former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips.
Jul 29, 2014 — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act.

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.

Budget Reform to Appear on November Ballot

Now that both houses of the legislature have overridden Governor Pataki's veto of a budget reform bill, the only further approval needed is from the voters, in November. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Study: NY Lawmakers Blocking Some Environmental Bills

A new report by New York University's Brennan Center charges that important environmental issues, like protecting Wetlands and expanding the state's bottle law, are not being addressed, because state legislative leaders prevent the bills from coming to the floor for a vote. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Gay-Lesbian Leaders Gather in Albany

The annual gay and lesbian rights lobby day at the State Capitol focused on the theme of religion this year. It included a prayer breakfast led by leaders of faith who say religion does not have to be anti-gay. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bush Touts Social Security Reform in Rochester

President Bush visited western New York Tuesday to garner support for his ideas on changing the nation's Social Security system. Bud Lowell reports from Rochester.  Go to full article

Health Groups Want Ban on Candy-flavored Cigarettes

Anti-smoking groups want the state to outlaw candy-flavored cigarettes that they say are marketed to children. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Counties Will Choose New Voting Machines

State Lawmakers have decided to allow individual counties to choose their voting machines that will be required by federal law beginning in 2006. Government reform advocates...  Go to full article

Senate Leader Wants Public Meeting on Jets Stadium

A day after requesting that a crucial vote on a new stadium for the NY Jets be postponed, State Senate Majority leader Joseph Bruno says he wants a public meeting to address...  Go to full article

Pataki Postpones Manhattan Stadium Vote

Governor Pataki spoke at a rally by building and construction trade unions in favor of building a stadium for the New York Jets on the West Side of Manhattan. Meanwhile,...  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Survives, Boosters Stay Vigilant

There was big relief across the region last week when Fort Drum was NOT on the Pentagon's list for base closures. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or BRAC,...  Go to full article
Historic blast furnace at Tahawus iron mine

Historic Adirondack Railroad Line Slated For Scrapyard

A Houston-based company called NL Industries plans to rip up more than twenty miles of railroad track in the central Adirondacks. The rail line runs from North creek to the...  Go to full article

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