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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
Aug 27, 2014 — Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.
Aug 27, 2014 — The nonpartisan budget office reports growth that's slower than expected, but also that the Affordable Care Act's changes to Medicare are successfully holding down costs.
Aug 27, 2014 — The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.
Aug 27, 2014 — Across the nation, state legislators are gearing up for Election Day. And they're well aware that their fates could be tied to national political forces like the president's low approval rating.
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.

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.

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 Burlington have joined the ACLU and other civil liberties groups in urging federal, state and local officials to protect the civil rights of citizens. Martha Foley talks with Ken Gould, St. Lawrence University sociology professor and social activist, and Steve Horwitz, a St. Lawrence economics professor and libertarian.  Go to full article

Black/Puerto Rican Lawmakers Ask Pataki to Restore AIDS Funding

Members of the legislature's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus have joined with provider groups to ask that funding for AIDS and HIV treatment cut by Governor Pataki be restored. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Schumer, Clinton Call for More Homeland Security Funds

New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton are leading the push by Senate Democrats for more domestic security funding in the war supplemental budget. President Bush's $75 billion dollar request to cover the costs of war in Iraq includes $4.2 billion for homeland security. Senate Democrats have introduced an amendment to more than double that amount.  Go to full article

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...  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...  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...  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

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