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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...

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

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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.
Photo: <a href="">Zephyr Teachout Pride</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Zephyr Teachout Pride, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo foe Teachout picks up public union support

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state's second-largest public-sector union has endorsed Zephyr Teachout's long-shot bid to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Public Employees Federation represents 54,000 state workers who mainly work in white-collar positions. Union President Susan Kent said Thursday that her group took what she called a "bold step" by backing Cuomo's liberal primary challenger Teachout and her running mate in next month's Democratic primary.  Go to full article
NYS Assembly districts (detail). Map: NYS

Will ballot amendment ease gerrymandering "scheming?"

Government reform groups are split over whether an amendment on the November ballot to change the way legislative district lines are drawn is an improvement, or will make only make gerrymandering worse.  Go to full article
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Photo: <a href=""></a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sanders to hold town hall meetings on the economy

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding four town meetings around the state to hear Vermonters' view of the economy.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo with Nir Barkat,  Mayor of Jerusaleml. Photo: <a href="">New York Governor's Office</a>

NY governor offers "total solidarity" for Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is visiting Israel, where he is expressing "total solidarity" with the country in the month-long Gaza war.  Go to full article
Matt Funiciello is running for the NY-21 congressional district seat on the Green Party line. Photo: Funiciello campaign

NY-21: Matt Funiciello campaigns in St. Lawrence County today

Green party candidate for Congress Matt Funiciello will make his first campaign stops in St. Lawrence County today.

The Glens Falls-based bakery and caf owner...  Go to full article
Democrat Aaron Woolf campaigning in Malone, NY. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country's economic fears echo on campaign trail

It's now less than three months to the November election, when the North Country will choose a new member of Congress.

The race between Republican Elise...  Go to full article
Aaron Woolf is seeking the NY-21 House seat. Photo provided by NYS Democratic Party

Woolf addresses health dept. violations; campaign airs first TV ad

For the first time, Democratic congressional candidate Aaron Woolf is personally addressing a report that a grocery and deli he owns in Brooklyn were hit with dozens of...  Go to full article
Elise Stefanik, GOP candidate for the NY-21 Congressional seat. Photo: Stefanik campaign

Stefanik gets "Politico" treatment

One of the North Country's congressional candidates was featured this week in a major national journal.

Elise Stefanik, the Republican seeking the 21st district...  Go to full article
Zephyr Teachout. Photo: <a href="">zephyrforgov</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Teachout a hit among fracking opponents

Law professor Zephyr Teachout's campaign for governor survived a court challenge yesterday. That clears the way for Teachout's own challenge: to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next...  Go to full article

NY judge rules that Teachout may stay on ballot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A judge in Brooklyn says liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout is eligible to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next month's Democratic primary, dismissing an...  Go to full article

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