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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 31, 2014 — The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold, as the prosecution's feature witness, Star Scientific's Jonnie Williams, testified against McDonnell and his wife.
Jul 31, 2014 — House GOP leaders have abruptly canceled a vote on their own bill meant to address the surge of unaccompanied minors at the Mexican border. An effort to pass a pared down version of President Obama's request was blocked by a group of Tea Party conservatives. NPR's Senior Correspondent Ron Elving discusses the state of play.
Jul 31, 2014 — Months after denying that the CIA could have been snooping on Senate staff, agency director John Brennan has apologized to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss.
Jul 31, 2014 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created — and then abruptly disbanded.
Jul 31, 2014 — A big week in congressional mailing: Members of Congress can't use "franking" to send mass mailings during a blackout that starts 90 days before an election. That deadline is approaching.

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: Tax Cuts and Hope

In Washington, lawmakers continue to wrangle over President Bush's proposed $726 billion in tax cuts. The senate voted to support half that amount as the country is at war and faces a record-setting deficit. Many Democrats have said cuts will disproportionately benefit the rich. Commentator Jill Vaughan says that argument isn't likely to engage the North Country's poor, because the issue seems far away and irrelevant.  Go to full article

Health Care Workers Rally in Albany

In what may be the largest demonstration ever in Albany over the state budget, at least 25,000 health care workers converged on the Capitol to rally for restoration of $2 billion in cuts, planned by Governor Pataki. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Begins Fiscal Year Without Budget

New York begins its 19th year without a state budget in place, as state lawmakers scrambled to pass emergency spending bills to keep the state government operating. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Health Care Workers to Protest in Albany

One of the largest demonstrations in several years is planned at the State Capitol today, as union and management in the health care industry team up to protest Governor...  Go to full article

Facing Tax Hikes, Schools Slash Budgets

Across the country, schools are facing their worst fiscal crisis in years. In every part of the North Country, school boards and superintendents were looking at deficits in...  Go to full article

Another Late State Budget Expected

New York will enter its 19th year with a late state budget on Tuesday. Lawmakers planned some related budget action today. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Businesses Worry About Lawmakers Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

Businesses in New York are worried that the state legislature will make them pay for eduation and health care restorations, by closing off some corporate tax loopholes. ...  Go to full article

Pataki Signs Smoking Ban Bill

For the first time, a sweeping ban of smoking in public places has passed both houses of the New York State Legislature. It was signed into law yesterday by the Governor, and...  Go to full article

Pataki and Clinton Agree: Bush Aid Not Enough

The federal government isn't supplying enough funding to help New York state with its homeland security needs. That's according to Governor Pataki and New York U.S. Senator...  Go to full article

Legislative Leaders Agree on Loan Pact for State

The New York State Senate and Assembly are considering going it alone, and passing a compromised borrowing bill with or without Governor Pataki's approval. Karen Dewitt has...  Go to full article

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