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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...
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...



Politics
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
Aug 18, 2014 — President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.
Aug 18, 2014 — James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.
Aug 18, 2014 — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.
Aug 18, 2014 — In the wake of President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency inheriting a nation divided over Watergate and distracted from pressing domestic and international events.

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.

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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