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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 21, 2014 — It's been four years since Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law. On the anniversary of this sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, Republicans have released a report that argues the law falls short on one of its main tasks.
Jul 21, 2014 — President Obama has signed an executive order to ban bias against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees among federal contractors.
Jul 21, 2014 — Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, like other GOP incumbents, is facing competition from his right as he runs for a third term. But his Tea Party challenger, Joe Carr, is having trouble gaining traction.
Jul 21, 2014 — In 1972, Madeline Davis argued for the Democratic party to embrace gay rights. In this encore broadcast, Davis remembers her historic speech and the evolution of the gay rights movement.
Jul 21, 2014 — The Florida Republican, with one eye on the White House, tells NPR's Morning Edition that there's a role for government to play in opening access to higher education and job training.

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.

Pentagon Considers More National Guard Call-ups

Hundreds of North Country soldiers with the National Guard's 2nd of the 108th infantry battalion have just returned from Iraq. The Pentagon is now considering a policy that could require National Guardsmen to serve multiple deployments -- some lasting as long as two years. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Citizens Rally for Reform in Albany

In his State of the State message, Governor George Pataki listed a seven-point plan to reform some of the dysfunction in Albany. At a rally attended by a diverse array of groups from around the state yesterday, participants say they hope the Governor actually meant what he said. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Gov. Pataki Delivers Annual State of the State Message

Governor George Pataki delivered his 11th State of the State message Wednesday, and said he'd continue to build on his accomplishments during his ten years in office. The governor made no mention of the state's $6 billion budget deficit, but said he'll work to cut Medicaid spending and reform lobbying practices before his own administration.  Go to full article

NNY Senators Respond to State of the State Address

Northern New York's Senators, all Republicans, were with the governor in spirit yesterday. Senators Jim Wright of Watertown and Ray Meier of Utica praised the address and the...  Go to full article

Pataki Faces Tough Challenges in 2005

Governor George Pataki delivers his 11th State of the State message today at 1pm. The Governor begins the new year facing a number of challenges, including a $6 billion...  Go to full article

Albany Reformers Call For Change in 2005

New York's legislative session gets under way this week, and reform groups have put Governor George Pataki and the legislature on notice. They say they'll be watching to...  Go to full article

Coalition Calls For Gambling Moratorium

Among the top issues on Governor Pataki's agenda in 2005 will be forging ahead on building native-owned casinos in the Catskills. The Governor says the gaming resorts will...  Go to full article

A New Blueprint for School Aid in NY

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, the New York State School Boards Association and teachers unions are writing a bill that would change the way New York State distributes...  Go to full article
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Barbed Pen of Saranac Lake Political Cartoonist Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson's political cartoons appear regularly on the editorial pages of newsapers around New York state, often catching the irony and absurdity of the day's news. Wilson...  Go to full article

Founding Fathers' Visions of Land and Stewardship Play Out Today

Arguments over how we use and protect the environment - whether about local burn barrels or Midwest power plants - are part of our everyday conversations. They are rarely...  Go to full article

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