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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 23, 2014 — Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Walter of Cook Political Report about the social media response to his two-part interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Jul 23, 2014 — The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.
Jul 23, 2014 — If Democrats lose control of the Senate this fall, it likely won't be for lack of campaign money. The prominent female candidates in particular have healthy campaign accounts.
Jul 23, 2014 — The vice president has been traveling the country to learn about the best ways to train workers. He announced the results Tuesday as the president signed a workforce training bill into law.
Jul 22, 2014 — In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions.

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.
Sen. Schumer (L) and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine, with a poster of the 1000 Islands Int'l Bridge in background.
Sen. Schumer (L) and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine, with a poster of the 1000 Islands Int'l Bridge in background.

Schumer Pushes Passport Alternatives

Senator Chuck Schumer met with North Country leaders yesterday in Watertown. The New York Democrat discussed the impact of proposed requirements for crossing the border with Canada. Last month, the Department of Homeland Security said everyone would need a passport to cross the border by 2008. The announcement caught most people by surprise, even President Bush, who said he read about it in the newspaper. The President has urged the government to look for other options. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Power Struggle Over Budget Reform Simmers at the State Capitol

This week, the legislature moved to put a reform package before voters in November. It would shift some decision-making authority away from the executive branch. Governor Pataki is against the plan. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Poll: Pataki's Popularity Still Down

Governor Pataki's poll numbers are not improving, even though the state has the first on time budget in two decades, according to a new survey by Quinnipiac University. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: The Unconquerable World, Jonathan Schell

Jonathan Schell, author of The Unconquerable World, wraps up our year-long exploration of books on war and peace. He talks with NCPR listeners and callers about his...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Make Slow Progress on Voting Reform

New York is the last state in the nation to comply with the federal voting reform act passed after the 2000 Presidential race. A conference committee of state legislators...  Go to full article

Electronic Voting, with Headphones

Yesterday, vendors of electronic voting machines peddled their wares to Board of Elections supervisors at their regional meeting in Syracuse. They're competing for a massive...  Go to full article

NY High Court OKs Video Lottery, Casino Expension

New York's highest court has ruled that a state plan to expand video lottery terminals and Indian-owned casinos is constitutional, and can proceed. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mother Who Launched Megan's Law Seeks Tough Federal Measure

The woman who spurred most states to track convicted sex offenders after her 7-year-old daughter Megan was raped and killed by a child molester, is calling for a tougher...  Go to full article

Groups Rally for Reform in the NY Legislature

Government reform groups rallied on the steps of New York's Capitol Tuesday, asking lawmakers not to leave Albany this year without cleaning up state government. Karen...  Go to full article

Reformers Say State Could Improve Voter Turnout

Three North Country counties have the lowest voter turnout in New York State. The prison population pulls those numbers down, but voter participation in New York State as a...  Go to full article

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