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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
Sep 1, 2014 — Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim."
Sep 1, 2014 — Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing's award caps a nearly three-decade campaign to get the Civil War battle honor through Congress.
Sep 1, 2014 — An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this midterm election cycle, that's not quite right.
Sep 1, 2014 — The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.
Aug 31, 2014 — One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."

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.

Pataki and Lawmakers Agree on Transportation Bond Act

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders have agreed on the projects to be included in the $2.9 billion dollar Transportation Bond Act, which will be on the ballot in November. But a frequent critic of state government says the process for choosing the projects should have been done in the open, not behind closed doors. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Homeowners Respond to Rising Taxes

It's a complaint that's been heard repeatedly from individual residents across the North Country--people are afraid of losing their homes because they can't afford to pay skyrocketing property taxes. As Chris Knight reports, many of these same people are now taking a more constructive approach to the problem by organizing into "concerned taxpayer" groups.  Go to full article

DEC Says Fort Ann Dam Didn?t Receive Final Inspection

The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting this morning that a dam that collapsed in the town of Fort Ann was never inspected by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The dam ruptured over the 4th of July weekend, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

DA Race Shapes Up in St. Lawrence County

The district attorney race in St. Lawrence County is set. Last week, Democrats endorsed court attorney Nicole Duve to face acting district attorney Gary Miles. Miles is a...  Go to full article
Great Sacandaga Lake

On Great Sacandaga Lake, A Feud Over Beach Rights

The Hudson River Black River Regulating District faces new criticism over management of the state-owned shoreline at Great Sacandaga Lake. More than 120 miles of public...  Go to full article

Senate Vote Could Close Thrift Stores, Neighborhood Centers

The House has slashed over half the funding for an anti-poverty fund called the Community Services Block Grant. The money funds neighborhood centers around the country....  Go to full article

Government Releases Plan for Great Lakes Restoration

A coalition led by the federal government is proposing a massive restoration effort for the Great Lakes. Environmental groups say they like most of what's in the plan, but...  Go to full article
A cell tower in disguise

Fake Tree Tower will be Built on Lake George

The Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a controversial cell phone tower on Pilot Knob above Lake George. The tower--dubbed "frankenpine" by pro-environment...  Go to full article
Sen. Wright (right) with Grasse River Heritage members on King Bridge.

Grasse Islands Restoration Moves Ahead in Canton

An effort to revitalize Canton's waterfront got a boost from a state grant yesterday. State Senator Jim Wright announced a $100,000 to help a local group improve the...  Go to full article

Pataki Ally Faces APA Enforcement Over Lake Placid Mansion

The Adirondack Park Agency says a close ally of Governor Pataki damaged the environment when he began construction of a new mansion on a hillside overlooking Lake Placid. An...  Go to full article

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