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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 31, 2014 — The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold, as the prosecution's feature witness, Star Scientific's Jonnie Williams, testified against McDonnell and his wife.
Jul 31, 2014 — House GOP leaders have abruptly canceled a vote on their own bill meant to address the surge of unaccompanied minors at the Mexican border. An effort to pass a pared down version of President Obama's request was blocked by a group of Tea Party conservatives. NPR's Senior Correspondent Ron Elving discusses the state of play.
Jul 31, 2014 — Months after denying that the CIA could have been snooping on Senate staff, agency director John Brennan has apologized to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss.
Jul 31, 2014 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created — and then abruptly disbanded.
Jul 31, 2014 — A big week in congressional mailing: Members of Congress can't use "franking" to send mass mailings during a blackout that starts 90 days before an election. That deadline is approaching.

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 Agree to Work Together on Rules Reform

A nasty fight on the New York Senate floor was averted when Republicans, in the majority in that house, succumbed to pressure by the minority party Democrats. They agreed to come up with bipartisan changes to make the Senate's rules more open and democratic. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Democrats Approve Budget Bill

Assembly Democrats passed a supplemental budget bill to restore spending cuts vetoed by Governor Pataki last year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Regulating District Manages Great Sacandaga Lake

Troubled North Country River Agency Loses Board Members

Governor Pataki says he wants to clean up the state's massive network of public corporations and authorities. But a north country agency that manages many of the region's dams and rivers is facing more turmoil. Two of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District's five boardmembers have quit. The move follows a scathing report that blasted the board for mismanagement and also for awarding themselves generous health benefits. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Debate Voting Rules

The State Senate and Assembly today are scheduled to adopt rules changes to reform the practices of their own houses. Both houses have released previews of what they intend...  Go to full article

State of State: Sen. Little Backs Reform, Questions Budget Numbers

Governor Pataki's state of the state address included a long list of new initiatives and proposals. The Governor didn't address a looming 6-billion dollar budget deficit. ...  Go to full article

SUNY Chancellor Floats Regular Tuition Hike

The head of the State University of New York system yesterday proposed a new levying of tuition increases. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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...  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...  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...  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

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