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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 29, 2014 — House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
Jul 28, 2014 — The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.
Jul 27, 2014 — Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.

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.

New York to Sue Over Clean Air Rule Changes

New York officials--including Republican Governor George Pataki--say they'll fight weaker air pollution rules, issued this week by the Bush Administration. Pro-environment groups worry that the new EPA guidelines could boost pollution from as many as seventeen thousand factories and power plants. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Elections Board Report Criticized

Advocates for the disabled are critical of a new report by the state board of elections on how to improve voter access in New York. They say the report is too vague, and may end up disenfranchising some voters. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Probe August 14th Blackout

The operator of New York's power grid and the chair of Governor Pataki's Public Service Commission agree that there should be mandatory standards set to ensure that the nation's power supply flows reliably. The two testified at an Assembly hearing that examined energy issues in the wake of the August 14th blackout. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Aubertine Voices Blackout Concerns

As a member of the Assembly's Energy Committee, Darrel Aubertine represented the North Country during yesterday's hearings. The first-term Assemblyman says the hearings will...  Go to full article

Pataki Defends Power Industry Deregulation

Governor Pataki defended his deregulation of the power industry in
New York, saying it has worked well. He says the problems that caused the massive power failure on...  Go to full article

Pataki to Host Fundraiser for Schwarzenegger

Governor George Pataki says he's looking forward to a $1000 a
plate fundraiser he's holding for California gubernatorial candidate
Arnold Shwarzenegger next month...  Go to full article

Businesses say Workers' Comp Rates Hurting Economy

Over 300 factory workers will lose their jobs as a result of two plant closings announced last week. One is the Brooklyn based Domino Sugar refinery. The other is a maker of...  Go to full article
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Saratoga Horse Racing More Popular, More Scandalous

Updated: 1:21 pm Friday

Horse racing fans in Saratoga Springs won't see the widely anticipated rematch Saturday, between Funny Cide and Empire Maker. Both horses...  Go to full article

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...  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...  Go to full article

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