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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 21, 2014 — With the electorate as polarized as ever and the promise of plenty of close House and Senate elections this November, lawyers are already preparing for the recounts that are almost certain to follow.
Aug 21, 2014 — In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.
Aug 21, 2014 — One of the most expensive Senate races this year is in North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagen is trying to keep her job. Her approval numbers are dismal, but so are those for her GOP opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
Aug 18, 2014 — President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

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 Urged to Drop his Appeal of School Funding Lawsuit

Education advocates say they'll bombard Governor Pataki and the legislature with e-mails and phone calls over the next few days, to voice their displeasure with Pataki's decision to appeal a judge's ruling that said schools need more state funding. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

A Comic Strip Critique of the War on Terrorism

In the weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the climate of ardent patriotism made it difficult for critics of the Bush Administration to speak out. One of the few voices of dissent during that time was New York City based artist David Rees. Rees has been drawing his comic strip Get Your War On for the three and a half years since then. He has two books out and the strip is now a regular feature in Rolling Stone magazine. Rees spoke Wednesday at St. Lawrence University, where several prints of the comic strip are on display through tomorrow. David Sommerstein caught up with him. Please note, there is one bleeped-out profanity in this story.  Go to full article

North Country Educators Worry About More Funding For NYC

A state court has ordered New York's legislature to spend 5.6 billion dollars more each year to improve New York City's crumbling public schools. Governor George Pataki has promised to appeal the ruling. School officials around the North Country worry that increased funding for the city would mean fewer dollars for rural districts. Now the group that brought the lawsuit, known as the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, is working to convince upstate education leaders that their districts won't pay the price for rebuilding schools in the city. Brian Mann reports from Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Want More Power During Budget Talks

The New York State Assembly has approved an amendment that supporters say will restore the balance of power back from the governor to the legislature when crafting state...  Go to full article

Watertown to Maine Corridor in Highway Bill

A four-lane highway between Watertown and Plattsburgh is a part of a grand plan in Congress to connect northern New York with northern Maine. As David Sommerstein reports,...  Go to full article

Community Block Grants Funding May be Cut

The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant is federal money earmarked specifically for community development in less populated areas. The North Country has received...  Go to full article

Reaction to CFE Ruling is Mixed

Reaction in Albany to a court decision to give New York City's schools billions of additional dollars was divided along party lines. Monday evening, a judge ruled that...  Go to full article

Lawmaker Calls for Reform of the State Subsidy Program

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says Governor Pataki's economic development agency has awarded taxpayer-funded grants to at least one company that specializes in outsourcing jobs...  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Remains Controversial

This month, St. Lawrence Seaway officials will announce the opening date for the shipping season. The decision is always a controversial one. As David Sommerstein reports,...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Disagree On Timothy's Law

The NY Assembly Bill known as Timothy's Law would force insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment the same way they do physical health services. It's won an...  Go to full article

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