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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
Aug 23, 2014 — Uber is hiring David Plouffe, the mastermind of Obama's 2008 campaign, to power its own political strategy. What can a tech-savvy political animal offer a ride-sharing service?
Aug 22, 2014 — As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.
Aug 22, 2014 — It's been another rough August for President Obama. He's wrapping up a summer vacation marred by events in Ferguson, Mo., and the murder of an American journalist in the Middle East.
Aug 22, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo.
Aug 22, 2014 — A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.

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.

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 from last year. The EPF supports environmental programs statewide, including open space acquisitions and farmland preservation, pollution control, parks and waterfront revitalization , and municipal recycling. Neil Woodworth is executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Like other advocates for environmental protection, he was watching the progress of the budget, and the Environmental Protection Fund, closely. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
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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

NY Lawmakers Continue Work on "Loose Ends"

The state legislature's budget, passed March 31, left some gaps.
Negotiations are taking place to try to reach agreement on those items before Governor Pataki's veto...  Go to full article

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