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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
Aug 29, 2014 — Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
Aug 28, 2014 — NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.
Aug 28, 2014 — President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.
Aug 28, 2014 — Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.
Aug 28, 2014 — Steve Inskeep talks to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan about the prospects for an immigration bill. On Friday, Morning Edition will talk to Ryan about his ideas for fighting poverty.

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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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.
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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 targeted Plattsburgh churches over the weekend because the city's mayor, Dan Stewart, is openly gay. The Phelps family pickets regularly at the funerals of AIDs victims and - more recently - at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the visit to Plattsburgh appears to have backfired for Phelps, sparking an enormous display of support for diversity and tolerance. As Brian Mann reports, local activist groups and churches hope their response will be used as a model in other communities.  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 there are problems with future elections. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 their water for other purposes. Karen DeWitt reports.  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
Sen. Ronald Stafford

Stafford Remembered As Statesman and Neighbor

Hundreds of dignitaries, family and friends gathered yesterday at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh to remember Senator Ron Stafford. Sen. Stafford passed away last Friday...  Go to full article

Brooke Stafford Remembers a Father and a Politician

Senator Ron Stafford passed away last week at the age of sixty-nine. He dominated north country politics for nearly four decades. But he was also afamiliar figure to many...  Go to full article

Conservatives Oppose "Morning After Pill" Measure

Governor Pataki says he's still deciding whether or not to sign a bill that legalizes over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraception medicine known as the "morning...  Go to full article
Ed Cox Will Challenge Sen. Clinton

Nixon Son-In-Law To Challenge Clinton

The son-in-law of former President Richard Nixon says he'll challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in next year's election. Ed Cox, an attorney in New York City and a member...  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff (R-Plattsburgh)

Republican Ortloff Praises Reform in Democratic Assembly

Reform groups say the movement to change New York's legislature has just begun. But veteran Republican Assemblyman Chris Ortloff says progress this year was nothing short of...  Go to full article

2005 Legislature: What Was Accomplished, What Wasn't

Government reform groups are giving Governor Pataki and the legislature credit for taking a number of steps to fix state government during the 2005 legislative session. But...  Go to full article

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