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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...



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Aug 29, 2014 — Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.
Aug 29, 2014 — There's an investigation into a payoff scheme before the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Jesse Benton says suggestions of his involvement are inaccurate and politically motivated.
Aug 29, 2014 — The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
Aug 29, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Aug 29, 2014 — Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.

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.

School Plans Tentative Amid Budget Battle

As the budget showdown in Albany reaches its climax, millions of dollars in education aid for North Country schools hang in the balance. School districts are making tentative plans for what they'd do with the extra money. As David Sommerstein reports, in most cases it's a mix of restoring cuts and lowering taxes.  Go to full article

Clinton Pushes for Broadband

Clinton Pushes for Broadband. Senator Hillary Clinton is continuing her push for broadband high-speed internet access across upstate New York. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Pataki Promises Budget Vetoes Today

Governor Pataki has promised he'll veto the legislature's budget this afternoon. The legislature is gearing up for an override. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. Photo: Susan Waters

Saranac Lakes Forest Plan Debated Behind Closed Doors

State officials held a closed-door meeting last night, as they develop a new management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. This was the sixth private session designed...  Go to full article

Simmons To Seek Top Watertown Post

Watertown City Councilman and businessman Paul Simmons has announced he'll run for mayor of the city. He's the second candidate seeking to replace Mayor Joseph Butler, who...  Go to full article

Pataki, Mohawks Reach Landmark Deal

Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe yesterday broke a two decades old impasse when they signed an agreement to settle the tribe's land claims in St. Lawrence and...  Go to full article

Bruno Relaxed Despite Budget Battle

As Governor George Pataki seems headed for a showdown with the New York State Legislature, the politician in the middle of the fight, State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno,...  Go to full article

Tribe Divided Over Land and Casino Deal

The signing ceremony for a deal between New York State and the Mohawk tribe is on hold after objections arose from some of the parties involved in a land claim against the...  Go to full article

High Court Hears School Funding Case

A court case that could change the entire funding system for education in New York was heard by the state's highest court Thursday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki, Mohawks Near Landmark Deal

Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe are reportedly close to an historic agreement that would resolve casino and taxation issues and long-standing land claims in...  Go to full article

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