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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...
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...



Politics
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.
Aug 18, 2014 — James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.
Aug 18, 2014 — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.
Aug 18, 2014 — In the wake of President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency inheriting a nation divided over Watergate and distracted from pressing domestic and international events.

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 Convenes Another Open Leaders' Meeting

Governor Pataki convened his second open leaders' meeting to try to break a 20 year streak of late state budgets. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Students Lobby NY Lawmakers Against Tuition Aid Cuts

Governor Pataki is proposing cuts to financial aid that would end funding assistance to some students for textbooks, food and rent. The change would affect over 1,000 students in the North Country. About 800 students will be converging on Albany today to lobby against the proposed HEOP funding cuts. Greg Warner spoke with some St. Lawrence University students who are making the trip.  Go to full article

Spitzer: State Legislature Must Overhaul Voting System

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is urging state lawmakers to modernize voting in New York. He warns that without quick action New York could lose federal money and risk serious voting procedure problems in the 2006 elections. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Students Angry Over Pataki's Tuition Aid Changes

A student group is asking Governor Pataki to make changes in his 30-day budget amendments to get rid of a tuition aid proposal that they say could cost poor students...  Go to full article

Will Lengthy NY Budget Meetings Make a Difference?

State lawmakers are holding lengthy budget hearings that sometimes last well into the evening. All sorts of interest and advocacy groups testify on every aspect of Governor...  Go to full article

NY Counties Get Tough on Medicaid

The New York Association of Counties, at its annual meeting in Albany, promised to get tough with state lawmakers who don't follow through on Medicaid reforms that they say...  Go to full article

Pataki Tries Open Budget Meeting

Governor Pataki convened the first open leaders meeting in ten years, to try to work with legislative leaders to finally achieve an on time state budget. Karen Dewitt...  Go to full article

State Health Commissioner Defends Pataki's Budget

Governor Pataki's Health Commissioner, Antonia Novello, was grilled by state legislators over some of the Governor's proposed budget cuts to the state's Medicaid program. ...  Go to full article

Medicaid Cuts Threaten Tupper Lake Nursing Home

The Governor has proposed cuts designed to slow the growth of Medicaid. His budget also includes new taxes on hospitals and nursing homes. Healthcare experts in the North...  Go to full article

AMC Considers Take-over of Mercy Healthcare Center

The Adirondack Medical Center, based in Saranac Lake, is considering a partnership or a complete take-over that would keep Mercy Healthcare Center open.  Go to full article

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