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Election 2012

Matt Doheny
Matt Doheny

Doheny wants re-match in 2012

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
Rep. Gibson accompanied President Obama to Schenectady on Friday (Source:  White House)

Rep. Gibson raises profile in Washington

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
Progressive activists rally Friday (Source:  Progressive Coalition of Northern New York)

New progressive group tackles campaign finance reform

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.

They also contributed to a bitter and divisive rift among conservatives in the 23rd district, opening the door to a win by Democrat Bill Owens.

Now a new political group is forming, hoping to wield similar influence on the left. Brian Mann attended a rally in Saranac Lake on Friday afternoon and has our story.  Go to full article

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