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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.

Legislature, Pataki Agree on Tougher DWI Proposal

Governor Pataki and the legislature have agreed on a bill to strengthen penalties against drunk drivers, at the urging of a mother whose son was killed by a man charged with driving drunk. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Sen. Clinton addresses Paul Smiths grads (Source:  Nancie Battaglia)

At Paul Smiths Ceremony, Clinton Calls For Education Funding

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton gave the commencement address yesterday at Paul Smiths College, in the Adirondacks. Clinton called for more funding for higher education. As Chris Knight reports, her appearance came as the school recovers from a painful year.  Go to full article

Report: Air Quality in Rural Areas has Worsened

A report by the American Lung Association finds the air quality in rural New York has worsened during the first half of the decade. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Want NY to Cut In-state Mercury Emissions

Environmentalists and advocates for children with learning disabilities want Governor Pataki to crack down on mercury emissions from in-state power. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Study: Air Pollution in Rural NY Has Worsened

There's bad news for the North Country in the latest ozone pollution study by the American Lung Association. It shows air quality in many rural regions worsened in the past...  Go to full article

President of County Gov't Group Resigns Over Medicaid Reform

The President of the State Association of Counties has announced his resignation, after he disagreed with some members of his organization and sided with a union-led health...  Go to full article
John and Aggie Pelletieri, his BOCES "1 on 1" aide

For Disabled Students, Public School A Challenge & Salvation

Public schools are playing a bigger role in the lives of people with disabilities. Federal law requires that schools provide children and young adults with a free and...  Go to full article

NY Senate to Pass Budget Reform Package

The New York State Senate plans to pass a budget reform package that was agreed to with the Assembly last year, but was rejected by Governor Pataki. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Vows to Spend Millions to Spare NY's Bases

Governor Pataki says he expects to spend millions of dollars in the effort to protect New York state's military installations from the next round of base closures.  Go to full article
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River & Reservoir Agency Faces More Turmoil, Criticism

A senior official with the Hudson River Black River Regulating District has quit and is leveling criticism at the agency's management. The resignation is the latest turmoil...  Go to full article

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