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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 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."
Jul 25, 2014 — There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?
Jul 25, 2014 — Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.
Jul 25, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss U.S. policy options in the Gaza Strip and Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-poverty plan.

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.

Court Ruling Could Change NY Budget Talks

A court decision issued last December that received little notice at the time could have a big impact on the state's budget negotiations this year. Some are predicting that the high court's order could lead to the latest budget ever in 2005, or possibly, no budget at all. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

T.I. Bridge Authority Praised for Strong Governance

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi yesterday gave a clean bill of health to the binational authority that operates the Thousand Islands Bridge and Boldt Castle. The positive audit comes as scandals have rocked other New York State authorities. Governor Pataki has promised to overhaul the system. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Senator Little Promises Affordable Housing Legislation

A new study says locals are being driven out of Adirondack communities by an overheated vacation home market. State Senator Betty Little has promised to introduce legislation this year in Albany designed to promote affordable housing for middle-income families.  Go to full article

Pataki's Medicaid Reform Plan Meets Resistance

Governor Pataki is making a big push in his new state budget to trim the state's Medicaid system, and institute reforms. But his efforts are being met with resistance by...  Go to full article

Medicaid Revamp, SUNY Tuition Hike Top Pataki's Budget

Governor Pataki released his spending plan for the coming year yesterday. His proposed budget attempts to take a bite out of the deficits dogging the state since September...  Go to full article

Reading the Tea Leaves in Pataki's Budget

David Sommerstein talks with Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt about reaction to Governor Pataki's budget address yesterday, and what the prospects are for the first on-time...  Go to full article

Slow, But Steady, on Reform in Albany

The New York State Senate is still working on reforming the rules of its house. The Republican majority and Democratic minority are trying to reach a joint solution, after...  Go to full article

Tower Feud: Saratoga County & APA Square Off

The Adirondack Park Agency has worked hard to improve relations with local governments in the region. But last week, a dispute with Saratoga County erupted into public. Town...  Go to full article

A Preview of Pataki's 2005 Budget

Governor Pataki releases his new state budget Tuesday, amid signs that the state's fiscal problems may not be quite as dire as predicted. But the Governor still must solve a...  Go to full article

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...  Go to full article

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