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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...
  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...



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

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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.

Reform Advocates Push for Optical Scan Voting Machines

Government reform advocates will try to convince county election officials in New York to buy a type of voting machine that they say will make it easier to recount ballots if there are problems with future elections. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Great Lakes Governors Agree to Protect Water Diversion

Governor Pataki and the governors of eight other states that border the Great Lakes have agreed on a plan to preserve the Lakes and prevent outside interests from taking their water for other purposes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Appeals Court Tosses Out Cayuga Land Claim Judgment

The leader of New York State Senate believes a court ruling this week could have major implications for plan to build new casinos in the Catskills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Sen. Ronald Stafford

Stafford Remembered As Statesman and Neighbor

Hundreds of dignitaries, family and friends gathered yesterday at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh to remember Senator Ron Stafford. Sen. Stafford passed away last Friday...  Go to full article

Brooke Stafford Remembers a Father and a Politician

Senator Ron Stafford passed away last week at the age of sixty-nine. He dominated north country politics for nearly four decades. But he was also afamiliar figure to many...  Go to full article

Conservatives Oppose "Morning After Pill" Measure

Governor Pataki says he's still deciding whether or not to sign a bill that legalizes over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraception medicine known as the "morning...  Go to full article
Ed Cox Will Challenge Sen. Clinton

Nixon Son-In-Law To Challenge Clinton

The son-in-law of former President Richard Nixon says he'll challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in next year's election. Ed Cox, an attorney in New York City and a member...  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff (R-Plattsburgh)

Republican Ortloff Praises Reform in Democratic Assembly

Reform groups say the movement to change New York's legislature has just begun. But veteran Republican Assemblyman Chris Ortloff says progress this year was nothing short of...  Go to full article

2005 Legislature: What Was Accomplished, What Wasn't

Government reform groups are giving Governor Pataki and the legislature credit for taking a number of steps to fix state government during the 2005 legislative session. But...  Go to full article

Senator Ron Stafford, Legendary North Country Lawmaker, Dead at 69

One of the north country's most powerful statesmen passed away on Friday. Senator Ron Stafford was first elected to the state senate in 1965. He died of lung cancer at his...  Go to full article

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