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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...



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Aug 28, 2014 — NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.
Aug 28, 2014 — President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.
Aug 28, 2014 — Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.
Aug 28, 2014 — Steve Inskeep talks to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan about the prospects for an immigration bill. On Friday, Morning Edition will talk to Ryan about his ideas for fighting poverty.
Aug 28, 2014 — A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.

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 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 are strangling county budgets. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 reports.  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. Karen DeWitt reports.  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

Hospitals Urge Lawmakers to Reject Governor's Budget Plans

The head of a New York hospital association predicts that up to 30 hospitals around the state could close if Governor Pataki's budget proposal were to become law. Karen...  Go to full article
Faisal Ghazi Faisal aims for 2006 Olympics

Olympic Dreams for an Iraqi Sled Racer

While millions of Iraqis were voting Sunday, one of their countrymen was competing in Lake Placid. Faisal Ghazi Faisal, who grew up in Baghdad, raced in the America's cup...  Go to full article

Critics Ask Health Dept for Medical Error Tracking System

A coalition of medical consumer groups says New York Health Commissioner Antonia Novello has failed to live up to a promise to cut medical errors in New York in half in five...  Go to full article

Dems Critical of Pataki's Hospital Closure Plan

Governor Pataki wants to create a commission to close hospitals and nursing homes around the state, but Assembly Democrats say the bill he's submitted would result in a rapid...  Go to full article
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)

State Audit Slams ORDA Board For Lax Oversight

New York's comptroller released an audit yesterday slamming the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA manages Olympic Venues in Lake Placid and also operates ski...  Go to full article

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