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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 30, 2014 — The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.
Aug 29, 2014 — Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.
Aug 29, 2014 — There's an investigation into a payoff scheme before the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Jesse Benton says suggestions of his involvement are inaccurate and politically motivated.
Aug 29, 2014 — The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
Aug 29, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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.

NY Lawmakers Begin Non-stop Budget Talks

This week, lawmakers plan to start conference committees in the hopes of reaching an on-time budget agreement for the first time in 20 years. Karen DeWitt takes a look at some of the obstacles that they face. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Local Legislators Fight to Preserve Essential Air Service Act

Around the country, small rural airports - like Massena, Watertown, Ogdensburg, Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh and others in the North Country - are supported by federal subsidies. President Bush is calling for local and state taxpayers to shoulder more of the burden. Local lawmakers say the measure could force those airports to shut down.  Go to full article

Pataki Wants to Ban Gifts for Lobbyists

Governor Pataki has introduced a package of reforms that would ban gifts to lobbyists, and close loopholes that allow state employees to quit their jobs to avoid facing ethics violations. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Report: Lobbying in Albany on the Increase

The state's Commission on Lobbying found that lobbying in New York increased by 20% last year, to a new high of $144 million dollars. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Reform Groups Upset Over Legislative Districts Map

A coalition of leading reform groups say now is the time to clean up the way state lawmakers draw their own district lines. They say a non-partisan process could end much of...  Go to full article

Pataki & Lawmakers Close to Preliminary Budget Deal

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders say despite their differences, they think they can have a preliminary agreement on the state budget by March 24th. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

NY Senate Budget will Include Health Care Cuts

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says his house's budget will include health care cuts, but not new taxes on hospitals and nursing homes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Students Protest Tuition Hikes, Aid Cuts

A few hundred students at public colleges and universities traveled to the state capitol Monday to convince state lawmakers to reject Governor Pataki's plans for tuition...  Go to full article

Open Leaders' Meeting in Albany Today

This week, Governor Pataki and legislative leaders plan to hold the fifth open leaders' meeting, to try to achieve the first on-time budget in two decades. Pataki, who in...  Go to full article

UpNorth Forum: Sen. Max Cleland Addresses St. Lawrence University Democrats: After the Election, What Now?

A largely partisan audience of 150 people turned out on an icy North Country evening to hear Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland speak at St. Lawrence Univerity March 7, 2005....  Go to full article

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