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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
Aug 1, 2014 — The Pentagon has recommended cutting troop strength to 450,000, but a bi-partisan report says that given the global threats, the reduction is too big.
Aug 1, 2014 — Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.
Aug 1, 2014 — House Republicans are delaying their August recess, sticking around Washington to try passing a bill meant to address the border crisis. Democrats and President Obama have already voiced their opposition to the bill on the table.
Aug 1, 2014 — A Florida judge has ordered the state legislature to come back from recess for a special session. Lawmakers will be expected to draw up new maps for congressional districts found unconstitutional. The judge says he may push back the November 4 election date and order special elections in the affected districts.
Aug 1, 2014 — For the final program, host Michel Martin speaks with Neil Minkoff and Maria Cardona about the biggest political stories of the week.

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.

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

Pataki Stakes Claim on Freedom Tower Project

Governor Pataki moved last week to reassert control over the Freedom Tower project and ground zero in lower Manhattan. As Karen DeWitt reports, Pataki's political reputation...  Go to full article

Pataki Hosts Annual Prayer Breakfast

Governor Pataki and his wife, Libby, hosted their 11th annual prayer breakfast at the state capitol. It featured the priest and rabbi duo known as the God Squad. Karen...  Go to full article

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