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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 25, 2014 — Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country."
Jul 25, 2014 — There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?
Jul 25, 2014 — Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.
Jul 25, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss U.S. policy options in the Gaza Strip and Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-poverty plan.
Jul 25, 2014 — The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence.

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.

Legislative Leaders Agree on Keeping Empire Zones Strong

The leaders of New York State Legislature are far from agreement on how to resolve the state's budget problems, but there's one area in which they both agree: Senate leader Joe Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver do not want to weaken the state's economic development program know as Empire Zones. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Looks at Delaying Pension Payments

Governor Pataki is offering a plan to bail out local governments faced with soaring pension plan costs. Karen Dewitt has more on the story.  Go to full article

Pataki and Legislature Face Looming Budget Deadline

Governor Pataki and the leaders of the state legislature have less than 5 weeks to decide how to close an over $2 billion dollar gap in the current year's budget. So far, no agreement on a plan has been reached. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Gov. Pataki, Clarkson president-elect Tony Collins, and State Senator Ray Meier.

Pataki Gives Clarkson $4.5 Million for Biotech

Governor George Pataki visited Clarkson University in Potsdam Friday to announce a 4.5 million dollar state grant through its Ge*NY*sis program. The money will help Clarkson...  Go to full article

Pataki Supports Northern Tier Highway

Governor Pataki expressed his support for a rooftop highway to link Watertown with Plattsburgh Friday. During his speech at Clarkson, he fumbled for words and referred to...  Go to full article

Differing Views on the State Budget

Governor Pataki took his budget message on the road to western New York last week. But, he was trailed by his chief rival in the budget-fight, Assembly Speaker Sheldon...  Go to full article

DMV Includes Advertisements in its Mailings

There's a little something extra in the mailings New York state is sending out for vehicle registration renewals. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

PACs Shelled Out $19 million on State Elections in 2002

Government reform groups studied patterns of campaign donations made by Political Action Committees, or PACs. They found that a few PACs dominate in giving to the...  Go to full article

CSC Misreports Lobbying Expenses

The State Lobbying Commission took depositions Wednesday from officials of the Correctional Services Corporation. The commission is looking into whether the prison services...  Go to full article

State Criticized for Wasting Money

An Assembly Investigations committee report says the Pataki Administration could be wasting up to half a billion dollars a year, because it hasn't kept track of the computers...  Go to full article

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