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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...



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Jul 28, 2014 — The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.
Jul 27, 2014 — Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.
Jul 26, 2014 — Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.
Jul 25, 2014 — Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country."

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.

Hevesi Warns Pataki Budget Plan Carries Long-term Risks

The State's Comptroller predicts that New York's budget deficit could grow to $11 billion dollars in the next couple of years, if steps aren't taken to curb spending and borrowing. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawuit Filed Over Closed Door Meetings in Albany

Two state lawmakers are suing the trio that's become known as "three-men-in-a-room", Governor Pataki, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, saying they are illegally kept out of the state budget and other decision making in Albany. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Clinton Introduces Count Every Vote Act

Democratic Leaders in the U.S. House and Senate, including New York Senator Hillary Clinton, yesterday introduced the Count Every Vote Act. The bill would insure every voting machine leaves a paper trail. It would also make Election Day a national holiday. Clinton hopes it'll provide money and direction to New York - which has only a year to replace thousands of aging machines around the state. Greg Warner reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Urged to Drop his Appeal of School Funding Lawsuit

Education advocates say they'll bombard Governor Pataki and the legislature with e-mails and phone calls over the next few days, to voice their displeasure with Pataki's...  Go to full article

A Comic Strip Critique of the War on Terrorism

In the weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the climate of ardent patriotism made it difficult for critics of the Bush Administration to speak out. One...  Go to full article

North Country Educators Worry About More Funding For NYC

A state court has ordered New York's legislature to spend 5.6 billion dollars more each year to improve New York City's crumbling public schools. Governor George Pataki has...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Want More Power During Budget Talks

The New York State Assembly has approved an amendment that supporters say will restore the balance of power back from the governor to the legislature when crafting state...  Go to full article

Watertown to Maine Corridor in Highway Bill

A four-lane highway between Watertown and Plattsburgh is a part of a grand plan in Congress to connect northern New York with northern Maine. As David Sommerstein reports,...  Go to full article

Community Block Grants Funding May be Cut

The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant is federal money earmarked specifically for community development in less populated areas. The North Country has received...  Go to full article

Reaction to CFE Ruling is Mixed

Reaction in Albany to a court decision to give New York City's schools billions of additional dollars was divided along party lines. Monday evening, a judge ruled that...  Go to full article

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