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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 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.
Jul 26, 2014 — Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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.

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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.

Hazing Law Passes Senate

The state Senate passed a bill on Monday that makes some forms of hazing a felony. The legislation was crafted by North Country Senator Betty Little this spring after the death of an 18-year-old student at SUNY-Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

Pataki Defends Lobby Reform Proposal

Governor Pataki defended his lobby reform proposal from charges by Assembly Democrats that it was too little, too late. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

NYC Rent Laws Extended One More Day

State lawmakers have extended New York City's rent laws for one more day, as they try to work on an agreement to renew regulations. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Stafford Battles Lung Cancer

Former state senator Ronald Stafford is once again fighting lung cancer. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that Stafford made the announcement over the weekend...  Go to full article

Pataki, Legislature Consider Drug Law Reform

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders are negotiating possible reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, but a key advocacy group is dissatisfied with all of the current...  Go to full article

Rockefeller Drug Law Reform ?Within Reach?

Lawmakers in Albany say they're closer than ever to a deal that would reform the state's Rockefeller drug laws. Under those laws, a person convicted for selling two ounces of...  Go to full article

Assembly Leader Hopes to Wrap Up Legislature Next Week

New York's Assembly Speaker says he hopes to resolve the remaining
issues of the legislative session rapidly over the next few days, and says the continuation of talks...  Go to full article

Legislature Extends NYC Rent Control Laws

State lawmakers extended the rent control laws for an extra day, as
they failed to reach agreement to renew the regulations or any other
end of session issues....  Go to full article

Top Legislative Aide Accused of Rape

The top counsel to the New York State Assembly Speaker has been arrested and charged with rape. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
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Sen. Little: College Hazing Should Be A Felony

With the legislature set to adjourn on June 19th, Senator Betty Little says she's hoping to stiffen penalties for college students involved in hazing. The bill follows the...  Go to full article

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