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A progressive I know steadfastly maintains mainstream media is enslaved by tiresome voices from the right and the left. Just so much Tweedledum and Tweedledee, no real choice at all. There’s lots of room to debate the state of choice in...
This morning we’re airing a special report from WNYC, our sister station in New York City, about the remarkable number of empty legislative seats in Albany.  Thirteen seats, in theory representing roughly 2 million New Yorkers —...
What to do about marijuana – medical or otherwise – seems to be a hot topic just now. In early July New York State approved a new system that will permit sale of medical marijuana, although there’s a set-up period of at least 18...
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...



Politics
Sep 1, 2014 — The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.
Aug 31, 2014 — One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."
Aug 31, 2014 — Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
Aug 30, 2014 — The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.
Aug 29, 2014 — Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.

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. Wright (right) with Grasse River Heritage members on King Bridge.
Sen. Wright (right) with Grasse River Heritage members on King Bridge.

Grasse Islands Restoration Moves Ahead in Canton

An effort to revitalize Canton's waterfront got a boost from a state grant yesterday. State Senator Jim Wright announced a $100,000 to help a local group improve the natural, historic, and cultural value of islands on the Grasse River. Wright said the project is a part of a push to create a greenway along the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Ally Faces APA Enforcement Over Lake Placid Mansion

The Adirondack Park Agency says a close ally of Governor Pataki damaged the environment when he began construction of a new mansion on a hillside overlooking Lake Placid. An APA committee ruled yesterday that Arthur Spiegel built a house twenty-feet taller than his permit allowed. They also claim that he put the structure on a steep hillside. The unfinished mansion is visible from Rt. 86, on the outskirts of the village. Some critics have called it an eyesore. But as Brian Mann reports, the Agency faces stiff political pressure in this case. The committee stopped short of calling for the house to be torn down.  Go to full article

Governor, State Senator Visit Flooded Fort Ann

Governor Pataki traveled by helicopter and SUV through the town of Fort Ann yesterday. He was surveying neighborhoods damaged by floodwaters after a dam failed Saturday evening. Pataki says the state will seek federal emergency assistance for the area. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Panel to Close Hospitals, Nursing Homes

A new state panel will meet next week to cut costs in New York's health care system. The 18-member commission is expected to recommend closing some hospitals and nursing...  Go to full article

Fort Ann Residents Struggle after Dam Break, Question Cause

State officials are investigating a dam break over the weekend that flooded dozens of homes in the Washington County town of Fort Ann. Nearly 300 people still have no...  Go to full article

Congress Restores Community Development Grants

The House of Representatives restored a major source of federal funding for downtown development and housing assistance in the North Country. President Bush had proposed...  Go to full article
Plattsburgh For Peace Message

Phelps Family Protest Sparks Tolerance, Dialogue In Plattsburgh

Locals in Plattsburgh have been bracing for months for the visit of Fred Phelps, a radical anti-gay activist from Topeka, Kansas. Phelps and his small group of followers...  Go to full article

Reform Advocates Push for Optical Scan Voting Machines

Government reform advocates will try to convince county election officials in New York to buy a type of voting machine that they say will make it easier to recount ballots if...  Go to full article

Great Lakes Governors Agree to Protect Water Diversion

Governor Pataki and the governors of eight other states that border the Great Lakes have agreed on a plan to preserve the Lakes and prevent outside interests from taking...  Go to full article

Appeals Court Tosses Out Cayuga Land Claim Judgment

The leader of New York State Senate believes a court ruling this week could have major implications for plan to build new casinos in the Catskills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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