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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 — Votes are set Thursday in both the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate on bills addressing the young migrants seeking refuge. But the competing bills have little chance of being reconciled.
Jul 31, 2014 — Congress leaves some significant business unfinished as it goes on break. But the talk of Washington and beyond is Wednesday's vote by House republicans to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama.
Jul 30, 2014 — The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.
Jul 30, 2014 — House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."
Jul 30, 2014 — To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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.

Debate over Erie Canal Development Rights Continues

Officials from Governor Pataki's administration sparred with an Assembly Democrat during a hearing on how the state Canal Corporation sold development rights along the Erie Canal for $30,000 dollars to a Pataki campaign contributor. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Praise 2003 Legislature

One of the state's leading environmental groups says 2003 may have been a bad year in state government for budgets, but it was a good year for the environment. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Group Calls for Clear Hospital Charity Policies

Citizen Action, a consumer group, says hospitals in New York aren't doing enough to help uninsured patients access charity care funds that are provided to hospitals by state taxpayers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Law Tackles Timber Theft and Forest Governance

Environmental groups have been urging New York's lawmakers for almost 12 years to increase the penalities associated with timber theft in the Adirondacks. Yesterday,...  Go to full article

Clark Leads Bush in New York Poll

A new poll finds President Bush's popularity plummeting in New York to its lowest rating ever. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

$130 Million Granted for NY School Literacy Programs

Governor Pataki and State Education Commissioner Richard Mills announced that they've received $130 million from the Bush Administration in Washington to help children learn...  Go to full article

NYRA President Resigns

Governor Pataki says he hopes that the public will have new confidence in the New York Racing Association, now that its president, Terry Meyocks, has resigned. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Health Groups Push for Child Obesity Prevention

Governor Pataki is being urged by health groups to sign a bill into law to help prevent childhood obesity. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Critics Question New Power Line Bill

Critics say a bill by Governor Pataki that would authorize the state to finance the building of electric transmission lines raises many questions. Karen DeWitt reports from...  Go to full article

After School Programs at Risk?

Some after school programs in New York may be in jeopardy, unless Governor Pataki released funds the state legislature approved for them in its budget. From Albany, Karen...  Go to full article

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