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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...



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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.
Aug 29, 2014 — There's an investigation into a payoff scheme before the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Jesse Benton says suggestions of his involvement are inaccurate and politically motivated.
Aug 29, 2014 — The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
Aug 29, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Aug 29, 2014 — Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.

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.

Health Groups Want Ban on Candy-flavored Cigarettes

Anti-smoking groups want the state to outlaw candy-flavored cigarettes that they say are marketed to children. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Counties Will Choose New Voting Machines

State Lawmakers have decided to allow individual counties to choose their voting machines that will be required by federal law beginning in 2006. Government reform advocates warn that plan could lea to chaos and confusion on election day, with different voting machines in different parts of the state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Senate Leader Wants Public Meeting on Jets Stadium

A day after requesting that a crucial vote on a new stadium for the NY Jets be postponed, State Senate Majority leader Joseph Bruno says he wants a public meeting to address questions about the project. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Postpones Manhattan Stadium Vote

Governor Pataki spoke at a rally by building and construction trade unions in favor of building a stadium for the New York Jets on the West Side of Manhattan. Meanwhile,...  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Survives, Boosters Stay Vigilant

There was big relief across the region last week when Fort Drum was NOT on the Pentagon's list for base closures. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or BRAC,...  Go to full article
Historic blast furnace at Tahawus iron mine

Historic Adirondack Railroad Line Slated For Scrapyard

A Houston-based company called NL Industries plans to rip up more than twenty miles of railroad track in the central Adirondacks. The rail line runs from North creek to the...  Go to full article

Pataki Stakes Claim on Freedom Tower Project

Governor Pataki moved last week to reassert control over the Freedom Tower project and ground zero in lower Manhattan. As Karen DeWitt reports, Pataki's political reputation...  Go to full article

Pataki Hosts Annual Prayer Breakfast

Governor Pataki and his wife, Libby, hosted their 11th annual prayer breakfast at the state capitol. It featured the priest and rabbi duo known as the God Squad. Karen...  Go to full article

Medical Marijuana Bill Takes a Bipartisan Step Forward

A bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes took a step closer to becoming law in New York, after the State Senate Majority Leader said he was open to...  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Boosters Await Base-Closing Endgame

The list of military facilities to be closed in the Base Realignment and Closure - or BRAC - process could be made public as early as tomorrow. Civilian liaisons to Fort...  Go to full article

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