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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 30, 2014 — The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.
Jul 30, 2014 — House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."
Jul 30, 2014 — To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Jul 30, 2014 — Though officials say that this wildfire season has been tamer than average, responding to these fires has been costly. Now, the Obama administration is re-evaluating how it pays for fighting them.
Jul 30, 2014 — A group of senators has introduced legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on college campuses. It would force schools to handle accusations more aggressively and provide advocates for victims.

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.

Counties Will Choose New Voting Machines

State Lawmakers have decided to allow individual counties to choose their voting machines that will be required by federal law beginning in 2006. Government reform advocates warn that plan could lea to chaos and confusion on election day, with different voting machines in different parts of the state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Senate Leader Wants Public Meeting on Jets Stadium

A day after requesting that a crucial vote on a new stadium for the NY Jets be postponed, State Senate Majority leader Joseph Bruno says he wants a public meeting to address questions about the project. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Postpones Manhattan Stadium Vote

Governor Pataki spoke at a rally by building and construction trade unions in favor of building a stadium for the New York Jets on the West Side of Manhattan. Meanwhile, state legislative leaders, who have to vote on the issue, remain cool to the idea. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Survives, Boosters Stay Vigilant

There was big relief across the region last week when Fort Drum was NOT on the Pentagon's list for base closures. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or BRAC,...  Go to full article
Historic blast furnace at Tahawus iron mine

Historic Adirondack Railroad Line Slated For Scrapyard

A Houston-based company called NL Industries plans to rip up more than twenty miles of railroad track in the central Adirondacks. The rail line runs from North creek to the...  Go to full article

Pataki Stakes Claim on Freedom Tower Project

Governor Pataki moved last week to reassert control over the Freedom Tower project and ground zero in lower Manhattan. As Karen DeWitt reports, Pataki's political reputation...  Go to full article

Pataki Hosts Annual Prayer Breakfast

Governor Pataki and his wife, Libby, hosted their 11th annual prayer breakfast at the state capitol. It featured the priest and rabbi duo known as the God Squad. Karen...  Go to full article

Medical Marijuana Bill Takes a Bipartisan Step Forward

A bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes took a step closer to becoming law in New York, after the State Senate Majority Leader said he was open to...  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Boosters Await Base-Closing Endgame

The list of military facilities to be closed in the Base Realignment and Closure - or BRAC - process could be made public as early as tomorrow. Civilian liaisons to Fort...  Go to full article

NY Hospitals Join Voluntary Safety Program

A number of hospitals in New York State have joined a nationwide voluntary effort aimed at reducing mistakes that lead to patient deaths. But nurses say the goals can't be...  Go to full article

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