Rensselaer, NY, Aug 08, 2011 — Republicans in the State Senate last week changed their position on the counting of state prison inmates for drawing new legislative district lines, required every ten years. As Karen DeWitt reports, the decision on how to count prisoners is just one of many challenges facing the GOP as they struggle to maintain their one vote lead in the Senate in the next elections. Go to full article
Watertown, NY, Jun 01, 2011 — The next congressional election is a year and a half away, but Republican Matt Doheny is already announcing that he will challenge Democrat Bill Owens. Owens edged out Doheny last November in a fierce race that also included third-party challenger Doug Hoffman.
In a press release sent yesterday, Doheny, a former Wall Street investment banker, confirmed that he will run again against Owens, calling himself "the right man for the job." Doheny also announced that he has hired veteran North Country political journalist Jude Seymour to serve as his spokesman and deputy campaign manager.
In an interview with the Watertown Daily Times, Bill Owens, from Plattsburgh, confirmed that he will seek re-election next year. But it's still uncertain whether Owens and Doheny will get a rematch. Doheny faced fierce opposition from Conservative and tea party activists last year and could see another primary challenge. It's also possible that the 23rd congressional district will be divided up during the political redistricting process.
The district had been a Republican stronghold for decades before Owens first won the seat in a special election back in 2009. He defended the seat successfully in 2010. Go to full article
Schenectady, NY, Jan 24, 2011 — It was a big week for Congressman Chris Gibson, the freshman Republican from Kinderhook who represents the 20th congressional district. The former Army Colonel traveled Friday with President Obama on a high profile trip to Schenectady and then was profiled on one of the big Sunday morning political shows. Martha Foley has details. Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY, Jan 24, 2011 — During last year's mid-term election, newly-formed tea party groups played a huge role. They helped elect Republican congressman Chris Gibson in the 20th district. ... Go to full article