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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 24, 2014 — Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations.
Jul 24, 2014 — The Wisconsin Republican is rolling out a plan that he says will fight poverty more effectively than the programs launched by former President Johnson's War on Poverty, but progressives are skeptical.
Jul 24, 2014 — Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.
Jul 24, 2014 — An open revolt among moderate Kansas Republicans has clouded Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election hopes and focused national attention on the tax-cutting experiment at the heart of his "red-state model."
Jul 23, 2014 — The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

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.

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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.

Mohawk Land Claim: State Entices Counties With Cash

The Franklin County legislature yesterday threw its support behind Governor Pataki's settlement to the 23-year old Mohawk land claim. St. Lawrence County is expected to do the same tonight. It's an about face for both counties, who had opposed the deal when it was announced last month. As David Sommerstein reports, the state more than quadrupled its compensation package to local communities.  Go to full article

Pataki Critical of Legislature's Budget Talks

State lawmakers have just two more days to meet their goal of a budget agreement before the Easter recess. Governor George Pataki is becoming increasingly critical of the legislature's decision to try to craft its own budget first, without including him in the process. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Scolds Lawmakers for Missing Monday Budget Deadline

Governor Pataki is chiding the state legislature for failing to meet its self-imposed deadline of finishing budget conference committees by the end of the day on Monday. The conference committees have been extended to the end of the month. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Cancels Weekend Budget Talks

Governor Pataki cancelled a weekend meeting on the state budget with legislative leaders. The Senate and Assembly will try to wrap up conference committee meetings today in...  Go to full article

Scozzafava Appointed to Budget Committee

North Country Assemblywoman Dee Dee Scozzafava is seeing a difference in this year's budget process. The Republican from Gouverneur was appointed to the budget...  Go to full article

Senate Rejects Bush's Medicaid Cuts

The Senate voted 52-48 yesterday to reject President Bush's proposed 15 billion dollar federal Medicaid cuts. They supported a bill sponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton to...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Working Overtime on Budget

Senate and Assembly Leaders say they'll work through the weekend on a budget agreement that they can take to Governor Pataki. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bush's Budget Plan Could Hurt Rural Housing

President Bush's budget proposes consolidation of 18 housing and community development programs under a new Commerce Department umbrella. Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence...  Go to full article

Pataki to Get Budget Help From Bush Administration

Governor Pataki wants the legislature to spend less money on health care in their budget, and now the governor says he has an incentive to get lawmakers to comply. Pataki...  Go to full article

Conference Committee Approves Transportation Bond Act

A joint Senate and Assembly conference committee has agreed on a transportation bond act to put before voters in November. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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