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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
Sep 2, 2014 — A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.
Sep 2, 2014 — At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
Sep 2, 2014 — David Greene talks to Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about the situation in Ukraine. The New Jersey Democrat has just returned from a trip to Ukraine.
Sep 2, 2014 — Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Co. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedly defeated in a June primary.
Sep 1, 2014 — Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim."

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.

Commentary: Celebrating the Fourth of July in the Time of "W"

Today's celebration isn't so much about elation because we've overthrown the redcoats and the oppression of King George III. The parades and fireworks and picnics of out time are a general celebration of America and of self-government, liberty, prosperity and other blessings we have strived for and more or less achieved. Commentator Paul Willcott finds that celebration of July 4th is strongly colored by the individual's perception of the state of the nation and the world.  Go to full article

Mohawks Inaugurate New Chiefs

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will inaugurate new tribal chiefs this morning for the first time in seven years. Chiefs Jim Ransom, Maggie Terrance and Barbara Lazore will take the reins of the tribal council in a swearing-in ceremony at 10:30.  Go to full article

Akwesasne Mohawks Debate Risks and Rewards of Politics Off the Reservation

The Mohawk population on the Akwesasne reservation is growing at more than twice the rate of the North Country's white population. Some tribal leaders say that trend could give natives more power in local and state politics. But as Brian Mann reports, many in the Akwesasne community prefer independence over political power.  Go to full article

Franklin County Voting Plan Challenged in Court

The Republican Party and a group of independent activists are pushing to change the legislative districts in Franklin County. The districts were drafted by the county...  Go to full article

Pataki Releases Summer Jobs Money

Governor Pataki relented yesterday and ordered his administration to free $25 million in federal funds meant to provide 25,000 summer jobs to young people. Jody Tosti has...  Go to full article

Pataki Ratings Low

Governor Pataki's popularity rating remains at its lowest level ever, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Superfund Goes Unfunded

No new Superfund hazardous waste sites in New York will be cleaned up for at least several months, and a program to reuse industrial Brownfields is on hold, because Governor...  Go to full article

Drug Law Reformers Could Face Fines

A hip-hop businessman who pushed for reform of the state's Rockefeller drug laws is under investigation by state lobbying officials. Russell Simmons tried to broker a deal...  Go to full article

Legislative Session Ends With Whimper, Not Bang

New York State lawmakers ended their 2003 session with few major agreements. Karen DeWitt wraps up the last minute action from Albany.  Go to full article

Assembly Takes No Action on Casino Compact

The state Assembly failed to act on a bill that would have ratified the St. Regis Mohawks? 1993 compact for its Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Franklin County. A Court of...  Go to full article

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