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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 22, 2014 — In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions.
Jul 22, 2014 — Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
Jul 22, 2014 — Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.
Jul 22, 2014 — One panel threw out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. Another said the IRS rule that set them up was legal.
Jul 22, 2014 — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tells NPR the nation can't "absorb" all migrants fleeing violence and must secure its own border first. He dismissed potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton as old news.

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.

SUNY Chancellor Changes Mind on Leave

SUNY Chancellor Robert King, who made the surprise announcement earlier this week that he wanted a six month paid sabbatical, has now abruptly withdrawn the request. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Drum Boosters Braced for Base Closure Process

This year the U.S. military will conduct its first base closure process since the Griffis and Plattsburgh Air Bases were closed in 1995. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said the military needs to trim its infrastructure by as much as 20%. Many lawmakers agree small- and medium-sized posts are most vulnerable. But as David Sommerstein reports, supporters of Fort Drum near Watertown are taking no chances.  Go to full article

Senate Leader Urges Quick Budget Action

The leader of the State Senate is warning that there will be another record late state budget if the legislature and the Governor don't agree to reforms soon. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Looking Ahead to 2005's Great Lakes Issues

This coming year will likely see some major policy decisions regarding the Great Lakes. Because the lakes stretch out along eight states in the U.S. and two provinces in...  Go to full article
NYRA's Saratoga Springs track

New York Racing Authority, ORDA Face Audits

Another of Governor Pataki's state authorities has come under fire for poor management and inappopriate spending. In an audit released yesterday, state comptroller Alan...  Go to full article

SUNY Chancellor King to Take Leave

SUNY Chancellor Robert King has requested a leave for personal and professional reasons. He wrote a letter to the SUNY Board of Trustees saying he wants to spend more time...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Agree to Work Together on Rules Reform

A nasty fight on the New York Senate floor was averted when Republicans, in the majority in that house, succumbed to pressure by the minority party Democrats. They agreed to...  Go to full article

Assembly Democrats Approve Budget Bill

Assembly Democrats passed a supplemental budget bill to restore spending cuts vetoed by Governor Pataki last year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Regulating District Manages Great Sacandaga Lake

Troubled North Country River Agency Loses Board Members

Governor Pataki says he wants to clean up the state's massive network of public corporations and authorities. But a north country agency that manages many of the region's...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Debate Voting Rules

The State Senate and Assembly today are scheduled to adopt rules changes to reform the practices of their own houses. Both houses have released previews of what they intend...  Go to full article

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