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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 2, 2014 — Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Company. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedily defeated in a June primary.
Sep 1, 2014 — Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim."
Sep 1, 2014 — Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing's award caps a nearly three-decade campaign to get the Civil War battle honor through Congress.
Sep 1, 2014 — An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this midterm election cycle, that's not quite right.
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.

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.

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 significant cuts to Community Development Block Grants, known as CDBG. Gregory Warner reports.  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 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...  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

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