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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...
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...



Politics
Aug 20, 2014 — President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
Aug 18, 2014 — President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.
Aug 18, 2014 — James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.
Aug 18, 2014 — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.
Aug 18, 2014 — In the wake of President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency inheriting a nation divided over Watergate and distracted from pressing domestic and international events.

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

heather root
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.

Mohawks' Catskills Casino Faces Many Obstacles

For nearly a decade, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has been aiming to build a Las Vegas-style casino in the Catskill Mountains, less than a hundred miles away from the lucrative New York City market. In 2001, the tribe seemed closer than ever to success, when New York's legislature authorized six new native-owned casinos. But today, land claims, lawsuits, competing tribes, and secret audio tapes are making a casino project seems more complicated than ever. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Survey: School Boards Will Likely Propose Double Digit Tax Increases

The New York State School Boards Association says schools around the state will be recommending double digit property tax increase in budgets presented later this spring, unless restorations are made to school aid cuts in Governor Pataki's budget. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Legislative Leaders May Agree on State Budget Without Pataki

The Speaker of the State Assembly says he and the Senate leader may strike out on their own and put together a budget without Governor Pataki. That is, if Pataki continues to reject the legislature's call for restorations. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

What's Up, or Not, With the Late State Budget?

A late state budget may become no state budget this year. Tuesday's news that there might not be a budget for the current fiscal year may seem dramatic, but working without...  Go to full article
Jeff Graham in his bar, the Speak Easy.

Graham Eyes Watertown's Top Job, Again

Watertown politician and bar owner Jeff Graham announced Sunday he's going to seek another term as the city's mayor. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Governor Warns Clock Ticking on State Budget

Governor Pataki threatened to run the state on emergency spending measures for the next several months if the legislature does not agree to a new state budget that spends...  Go to full article
One demonstrator brought a little humor to the dueling rallies.

War Opinion From Both Sides of the Street in Canton

For the past four months, a group of anti-war activists has been holding a weekly Friday evening vigil by the village park in Canton. Recently, supporters of the war in Iraq...  Go to full article

Budget Talks Continue in Albany

Governor Pataki and the New York State legislature ended the week with little progress on a state budget that's late for the 19th year in a row. In fact, discussions over a...  Go to full article

Counties Worry About Budget Cuts and Public Health Threats

County health officials say Governor Pataki's budget could jeopardize efforts to guard against threats of bio-terror and the newly discovered illness SARS. Karen Dewitt...  Go to full article

The Patriot Act: An Attack on Civil Liberties?

Communities across the country have adopted resolutions against the Patriot Act, sweeping new federal powers passed after September 11th to fight terrorism. Cities like...  Go to full article

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