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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...



Politics
Aug 21, 2014 — With the electorate as polarized as ever and the promise of plenty of close House and Senate elections this November, lawyers are already preparing for the recounts that are almost certain to follow.
Aug 21, 2014 — In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.
Aug 21, 2014 — Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, for unpopular laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward the president at Hagan.
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
Aug 18, 2014 — President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

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.

McHugh Supports Bush Request for Iraqi Aid

This week in Congress Democrats and Republicans are jousting over the terms of President Bush's $87 billion request for ongoing military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. North Country Congressman John McHugh returned Wednesday from a Congressional trip to Iraq with support for the President's request.  Go to full article

Tobacco Opponents Warn of New "Lite" Cigarette

The State's Tobacco Advisory Board is asking the Health Department to warn consumers about new cigarettes recently introduced on the market that claim to be safer than regular cigarettes. The Board urges action now, because many board members believe that Philip Morris is about to introduce a new Marlboro cigarette that the company will claim is safer to smoke. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Budget Talks Begin in Albany

Governor George Pataki invited state legislative leaders into his office for a closed-door meeting yesterday on preliminary budget talks. Afterward, Democrats and Republicans said they aren't considering new taxes as a solution to the state's fiscal problems. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

SLC Health Administrator's Work Scrutinized

St. Lawrence County Administrator, Don Brining, will have his past work scrutinized by lawmakers at the end of the month. A special meeting is being held following a near...  Go to full article

Survey: Uninsured New Yorkers Hurt by High Prices for Prescriptions

A study by consumer groups finds that New Yorkers who don't have health insurance pay more money for prescription drugs that state residents enrolled in Medicaid or private...  Go to full article

Franklin County Redistricting Plan Struck Down

Franklin County legislators are weighing their options after a new redistricting plan was ruled unconstitutional by Supreme Court Justice David Demarest last week. ...  Go to full article

Controversy Over Smoking Ban Continues

The controversy over the recently enacted smoking ban continues at the Capitol. Bar owners tried this week to get the State Assembly to listen to their complaints about lost...  Go to full article

Sparks Fly at Assembly Hearing Over Secret Meeting

An Assembly hearing on energy issues generated sparks when the head of a group representing New York's utilities sparred with the Assembly Energy Chair over a secret meeting...  Go to full article
'Friends of Leishman Point' stand on the property they want to protect

Waddington Residents to Decide Waterfront Plans

In Waddington, on the St. Lawrence River between Ogdensburg and Massena, residents will vote in the first contested town races since 1991. The political action has been...  Go to full article

55 Will Remain Passing Grade on Regents Test

The state's Education Commissioner is recommending that the passing score for the Regents exams remains at 55 for at least two more years. Commissioner Richard Mills also...  Go to full article

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