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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.

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 reports.  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 hikes and student aid cuts. Karen DeWitt reports.  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
State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury)

North Country Senator Introduces "Local Housing" Bill

In the Adirondack Mountains, housing costs continue to shoot up, driven by state land purchases and by vacation-home buyers. Average homes now sell for more than two hundred...  Go to full article

NY Senate Expected to Pass Death Penalty Legislation

The New York State Senate plans to pass legislation Monday to reinstate New York's death penalty, but it's unlikely the state Assembly will follow suit anytime soon. How the...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Encouraged by Budget Talks

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders say that less than a month before the state budget is due, they are making progress on reaching an agreement, but they admit there are...  Go to full article

Stem Cell Rally in Albany

A rally to promote stem cell research was held at the Capitol, in an attempt to persuade Governor Pataki and Senate Republicans to join with Assembly Democrats to work to...  Go to full article

Gambling Opponents Criticize Senate Casino Hearings

Anti-gambling activists say the state Senate is excluding them from hearings on whether to build five new gambling casinos in the Catskills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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