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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...

Sep 2, 2014 — At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
Sep 2, 2014 — Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Company. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedily defeated in a June primary.
Sep 1, 2014 — Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim."
Sep 1, 2014 — Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing's award caps a nearly three-decade campaign to get the Civil War battle honor through Congress.
Sep 1, 2014 — An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this midterm election cycle, that's not quite right.

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 Cheers NH Delegates at Convention

Governor Pataki got a positive response from New Hampshire delegates in a breakfast meeting at the Republican National Convention in New York. But Pataki says there's no connection between his appearance before the delegation from the state with the nation's first presidential primary and his own political future. Karen DeWitt reports from New York City.  Go to full article

On the Ground at the RNC in NYC

Delegates and protestors both are thronging the streets of New York City this week for the Republican National Convention. As Karen DeWitt reports, they bring very different perspectives to the country's political future.  Go to full article
State Senator Ray Meier

North Country Senator on GOP Platform Committee

State senator Ray Meier is one of two New York members of the GOP platform committee. The committee met last week; the convention is expected to adopt the platform in its first formal action Monday morning. Meier represents Lewis County and parts of St. Lawrence and Oneida counties in the state Senate. He is known as a conservative in Albany. But his place on the political spectrum wasn't so clear on the national platform committee. The committee is made up of two members from each state and each US territory. Friday, Meier told Martha Foley there were substantive debates - and differing priorities from different regions of the country. But Meier said GOP describes itself in the platform as "The Big Tent Party" with room for a variety of viewpoints.  Go to full article

Iraq Diary, Part 16: Halfway Through Iraq Deployment, Hard Days Far From Home

Hundreds of National Guard soldiers from the North Country are serving a year long deployment in Iraq, as part of the 2nd of the 108th Infantry Battalion. As they enter the...  Go to full article
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In Franklin County, Training for the Unthinkable

Public health agencies in Franklin County announced this week that they had completed a two-day mock bio-terror drill. The training session, which ran August 18 and 19, was...  Go to full article

Pataki Prepares for Republican Convention

Governor Pataki has been facing a recalcitrant state legislature in Albany, but the discord at the state capitol is unlikely to hurt him as he prepares for a week in the...  Go to full article

Pataki Criticized for Budget Vetoes

Governor Pataki is being criticized for last week's vetoes of parts of the budget the legislature sent him. He said no to money for colleges, libraries, health care and...  Go to full article

Despite Vetoes, Medical Industry Satisfied With NY Budget

One of Governor Pataki's biggest line-item vetoes targeted a quarter-billion dollar grant meant to help hospitals fund capital improvement projects. The Governor also cut 12...  Go to full article

Pataki Issues Budget Vetoes

Governor Pataki issued 195 line item vetoes of the legislatures' budget that he says will curb spending by $1.8 billion dollars. But the governor stopped short of actively...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Death Penalty Reform

State lawmakers are still working on how to fix New York's death penalty law, after the state's highest court struck down portions of the statute earlier this summer. Karen...  Go to full article

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