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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 22, 2014 — The decision by a three-judge panel essentially throws out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. The decision will be appealed.
Jul 22, 2014 — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tells NPR the nation can't "absorb" all migrants fleeing violence and must secure its own border first. He dismissed potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton as old news.
Jul 21, 2014 — It's been four years since Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law. On the anniversary of this sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, Republicans have released a report that argues the law falls short on one of its main tasks.
Jul 21, 2014 — President Obama has signed an executive order to ban bias against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees among federal contractors.
Jul 21, 2014 — Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, like other GOP incumbents, is facing competition from his right as he runs for a third term. But his Tea Party challenger, Joe Carr, is having trouble gaining traction.

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.

Slavery in Our Time

Last Friday, Governor George Pataki signed a new law making June 19th a state holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, in the 1860s. But slavery isn't just history; it's contemporary. Martha Foley talks with a member of North Country Free the Slaves about modern day slavery.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers End 2004 Session Tuesday

State lawmakers have just six weeks to answer a court order to reform the state's school aid system. So far, they've been unable to agree on a solution. But many involved in the complicated process say even if Governor Pataki and the legislature reach agreement, the long fight over how to reform school aid may end up in the legal system again. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Northeast Lawmakers Push For New Dairy Bill

There's more than a year left before a controversial federal milk program expires. But Northeast lawmakers are already pressing their Midwestern counterparts to support a new version. Representatives like Congressman John McHugh and US Senator Charles Schumer hope to replace the current Milk Income Loss Contract or MILC program, which expires next year, with the National Dairy Equity Act. In an interview yesterday, Schumer said the legislation probably won't pass in the next few months, but there is gaining support for it across the nation.  Go to full article

Poll: Voters Don't Trust Lawmakers to Solve School Funding Crisis

A new poll by Quinnipiac University finds New Yorkers trust the courts more than they do the legislature to resolve the state's school funding crisis. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

2004 Legislature Scheduled to Adjourn Next Tuesday

State lawmakers say they've all but given up on having even a conceptual agreement on the late state budget by the end of the legislative session next Tuesday, and will try...  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury

As Session Ends, Senator Little Eyes Taxes, ATVs & Casino

New York's legislature is log-jammed over a court-ruling that is expected to reshape school funding in the state. Here in the north country, school districts and local...  Go to full article

NY Budget Talks Showing Signs of Progress

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders say they will work toward a "handshake" agreement on the late state budget before adjourning on June 22nd. But there was some...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Given a Week to Unlock Gridlock

Governor Pataki and the legislature decided to keep government running for another week, after the Governor backed off threats to give the legislature a six week break before...  Go to full article

Wright Says 2004 Session is "Moving Along"

The regular legislative session is set to end in a week. So far this year, lawmakers have failed to meet the two main obligations they've been facing all year. That is, to...  Go to full article

Liquor Stores Argue Against Internet Sales

The liquor industry is lobbying against a bill that would permit the sale of New York State wine over the Internet. They say it could lead to an increase in underage...  Go to full article

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