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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 — In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions.
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.

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.

Debate Over North Country's Low Cost Power

There's renewed debate over the future of the North Country's share of cheap electricity produced at the hydropower dam in Massena. The local Alcoa and General Motors plants currently use almost 500 megawatts at below market prices. That's more than the amount of electricity all the households in northern New York use. The agreement expires in 2013. Lawmakers want the industrial giants to extend their side of the deal and commit to providing jobs long term. But if Alcoa and General Motors were to close, people worry downstate interests could grab the cheap power. Two North Country lawmakers are writing bills to stop that from happening. But as David Sommerstein reports, they differ over how to do it.  Go to full article

Assembly GOP Leader Faces Possible Coup Attempt

An attempt has been made to oust the leader of the Republicans in the State Assembly, amid dissatisfaction among some of the minority party members in that house. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki and Lawmakers Reach Final Budget Agreement

Governor Pataki and the legislature agreed on the final outstanding parts of the New York State budget last night, and the legislature passed the remaining bills before a midnight deadline. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmental Protection Fund Approval Goes Down to the Wire

The new state budget provides $150 million for the Environmental Protection Fund sought by Governor Pataki in his executive budget, a record level and a 20 percent increase...  Go to full article
Great Sacandaga, a HRBRRD reservoir

River Agency May Close Albany Office

The Hudson River Black River Regulating District may be forced to close its Albany office and cut staff. Regulating District officials say their office in Watertown will...  Go to full article

NY Assembly Committee Kills Death Penalty Bill

New York lawmakers will not be reinstating the death penalty this year, now that an Assembly Committee has voted down a bill to fix the state's flawed capital punishment...  Go to full article

North Country Senators Want Empire Zone Tax Relief for Adirondack Park

State senator Betty Little wants to create a vast tax relief zone for the six million-acre Adirondack Park. Empire Development zones offers incentives to growing businesses,...  Go to full article

Polls: Pataki Faces Grim Political Prospects

Governor Pataki has until the end of the day Tuesday to make up his mind about whether to veto parts of the legislature's budget. A new poll out Monday evening finds New...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Push Transportation Bond Act

The state legislature wants New Yorkers to vote on a transportation bond act in November. But even among the ranks of lawmakers who approved the measure, some questions have...  Go to full article

Senator Clinton is Lucrative Fund-raising Subject, for Republicans and Democrats

Senator Hillary Clinton presented a broad critique of Republican policies at a weekend fundraiser in Minnesota. Her appearance Saturday night came one day after Deputy White...  Go to full article

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