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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 27, 2014 — Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.
Jul 26, 2014 — Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.
Jul 25, 2014 — Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country."
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.

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.

Medical Marijuana Bill Takes a Bipartisan Step Forward

A bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes took a step closer to becoming law in New York, after the State Senate Majority Leader said he was open to considering the measure. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Boosters Await Base-Closing Endgame

The list of military facilities to be closed in the Base Realignment and Closure - or BRAC - process could be made public as early as tomorrow. Civilian liaisons to Fort Drum are cautiously optimistic the Watertown area Army base will be safe from Pentagon cuts. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY Hospitals Join Voluntary Safety Program

A number of hospitals in New York State have joined a nationwide voluntary effort aimed at reducing mistakes that lead to patient deaths. But nurses say the goals can't be achieved unless the issue of the undertstaffing of nurses at hospitals is addressed. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Raising the final beam (Source: NHMA)

Tupper Natural History Museum Hits Milestone

On Friday, workers in Tupper Lake raised the final roof beam of the new Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. There's still plenty of work ahead, before the 35,000...  Go to full article

Schools Prepare for Annual Budget Votes

The on-time state budget is having a positive effect on the May 17 school budget votes. For the first time since the state instituted a standardized day for voting on school...  Go to full article
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...  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...  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. ...  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

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