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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 — Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.
Jul 22, 2014 — One panel threw out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. Another said the IRS rule that set them up was legal.
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.

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.

Mohawks Audit Casino Sub-Contractor Debts

State and St. Regis Mohawk tribal officials have agreed on steps toward paying non-native sub-contractors who helped build the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg. But the casino's uncertain legal status is creating a catch-22 of sorts. David Sommerstein explains.  Go to full article

Insider Concerns about New York's Power Grid

Concerns over the adequacy of New York's electric transmission grids were well known within the state's power industry well before last Thursday's black out, but few outside the industry paid much attention. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Mulls Patriot Act Opposition

This week, Attorney General John Ashcroft began criss-crossing the country speaking in defense of the controversial USA Patriot Act. The act was passed less than a month after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It gives law enforcement broader surveillance powers to track potential terrorists. But it's drawn widespread criticism that it compromises civil liberties. State legislatures in Vermont, Hawaii, and Alaska have drafted resolutions against aspects of the Patriot Act, as have more 150 communities, including the village of Potsdam and the city of Burlington. Next week, the St. Lawrence County legislature will consider whether to add its name to the opposition. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Blackout Draws Closer Scrutiny of Power Industry Deregulation

Last week's massive power failure has brought closer scrutiny to the deregulation of the power industry in New York. Critics say there is not enough oversight of the selling...  Go to full article

Debate Continues over Power Plant Site Law

Last week's blackout has drawn attention to the fact that New York State has no law in place to build new power plants. The power plant site law expired last December, and...  Go to full article

State's Aged Power System Among Nation's Worst

While there are many questions on what caused the black out on Thursday, many experts say power transmission lines in New York and elsewhere are outdated and neglected, and...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Concerned About State Cancer Plan

Anti-cancer groups are complaining that the state Department of Health's Cancer Control Plan leaves out any mention of environmental factors that can be linked to cancer. ...  Go to full article
Cynthia Banas in Iraq.

An Eyewitness to War in Baghdad

David Sommerstein talks with Cynthia Banas, a member of the group Voices in the Wilderness. She spent six months in Baghdad before and during the war in Iraq. She spoke...  Go to full article

Pataki and Bloomberg Spar over NYC Fiscal Bailout Plan

Governor George Pataki and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are
embroiled in their first major public dispute since Bloomberg was elected nearly two years ago. The...  Go to full article

Medicaid Reform: More Questions than Answers

A panel of health care experts who gathered at the Capitol to discuss Medicaid reform agreed that costs of the program are out of control, but did not agree on any ways to...  Go to full article

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