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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 22, 2014 — Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
Jul 22, 2014 — Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.
Jul 22, 2014 — One panel threw out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. Another said the IRS rule that set them up was legal.
Jul 22, 2014 — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tells NPR the nation can't "absorb" all migrants fleeing violence and must secure its own border first. He dismissed potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton as old news.
Jul 21, 2014 — It's been four years since Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law. On the anniversary of this sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, Republicans have released a report that argues the law falls short on one of its main tasks.

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.

Ortloff: Disease May Mean Permanent Ban On Deer Feeding

Assemblyman Chris Ortloff, from Plattsburgh, will take part in a new Republican task force designed to promote hunting and fishing. The move comes as the number of hunters in New York state continues to dwindle. Speaking this week with Brian Mann, Ortloff says the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer herds in Oneida County poses a major new threat to sportsmen and to groups that feed white tail deer.  Go to full article

Seniors Push Bill That Would Regulate Drug Company Perks for Doctors

There's a bill in the state legislature to require drug companies to disclose to the State Health Department any free perks they give to doctors. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Gather for Earth Day Events in Albany

Environmentalists called for expansion of the bottle law and for a cap on pollution from New York power plants as part of an Earth Day lobby day held at the State Capitol. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bill Stiffens Sentence for Fleeing Fatal Crash Scenes

The New York State Senate and Assembly have agreed on a bill to stiffen penalties against hit and run drivers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Drug Prices, Availability

Consumer groups and two state lawmakers say the elderly and others taking multiple prescription drugs could be needlessly spending thousands of dollars a year, because they...  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little.

Adirondack Housing Shortage Alarms Local Leaders

State Senator Betty Little held a symposium on Friday in Lake Placid to focus attention on the shortage of worker housing in the Adirondacks. Local government leaders say...  Go to full article

County Association Chief Suspended for Medicaid Reform Stance

This year's budget battle resulted in the first on-time spending plan in 20 years. It also produced modest Medicaid reform, including a cap on the rate of cost increases and...  Go to full article

Commentary: Plan To Tighten US-Canada Border Unnecessary

The US government plans to begin requiring passports for Americans returning to the US from Canada and Mexico. The order has sparked anger from some in the north country,...  Go to full article

Ad Campaign Says Privatization of State Services Wastes Money

The state's second largest public employee union is waging war against government privatization. The Public Employees Federation has launched a media ad campaign to get its...  Go to full article
Last year's Tour de Burn Barrel participants.  Photo courtesy of burnbarrel.org

Bike Ride Highlights Trash Burning Dangers

A group of cyclists will start biking from St. Lawrence County to Albany tomorrow. The 2nd Annual "Tour de Burn Barrel" is to draw attention to the health and environmental...  Go to full article

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