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I tell this story all the time, but it’s a true one:  When I came to the North Country thirteen years ago, someone — I can’t remember who it was — told me I’d scored the best job in the world, with one big...
As the Republican Party navigates this perilous chapter in its history, the organization begins to resemble — more and more closely — the desperate, lonely protagonist in “Life of Pi.” If you haven’t seen or read it...
In the days since Barack Obama won a second free, peaceful and fair election, capturing more than 50% of the popular vote again, a growing number of conservatives have called for their states to secede from the United States of America. The drumbeat...
CORRECTION:  Bill Owens did not vote for the Federal stimulus plan backed by Barack Obama in 2008.  He didn’t take office until the next year.  We regret the error.  Owens did later embrace the policy, advocating for...

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Rep. Bill Owens (NY-23) sits on the Agriculture Committee
Rep. Bill Owens (NY-23) sits on the Agriculture Committee

GOP disagreement could delay Farm Bill

House Republican leaders can't agree on funding levels for agriculture, and that could mean 2012 will come and go without an extension of the federal Farm Bill.

The House Agriculture Committee hosted the first of four hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill in Saranac Lake last month. The committee had planned to reduce federal spending on agriculture by about $23 billion from the current draft.

But since then, the House passed a budget plan put forth by Congressman Paul Ryan that aims to reduce farm spending by between $30 billion and $33 billion. As Chris Morris reports, that discrepancy could keep the House from reauthorizing the Farm Bill this year.  Go to full article
The GOP got a boost from the approval of their redrawing of Senate district lines. Source: LATFOR

NY Senate Republicans get a boost

It's still seven months until Election Day, but Senate Republicans, who hold a one-seat edge in that chamber, were given a boost after several favorable recent events. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
If you try to separate fiscal and social conservatives, Republicans lose.

New York may see GOP primary battle

Mitt Romney swept three contests in Tuesday's Republican presidential primaries, broadening his support among conservatives in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District f Columbia.

As the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, candidates may soon be campaigning across New York as a divided party continues its selection process. And the nature of New York's electorate may change the script:  Go to full article
Betsy Brown, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the North Country. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Planned Parenthood chief stays on message in time of change

The new president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the North Country recognizes that she enters the job at a time when the nation's health policies and politics are making...  Go to full article
Photo: Thomas Seeley

Bee expert sees lessons in hive democracy

As the Republican primary marches forward, researcher Thomas Seeley is reminded of his work with honeybees. That might sound odd, but Seeley has spent decades studying the...  Go to full article
President Barack Obama, speaking at the University of Vermont. Photo: VT Digger

For Burlington, a visit from the president

President Barack Obama visited Burlington, Vermont last Friday for a fundraiser and campaign event. The state hasn't been visited by a sitting president since Clinton's trip...  Go to full article

North Country races and districts in flux

The election season is upon us, but the races and the districts across the North Country are still in flux. Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman has dropped out of the race...  Go to full article

Partisan tensions rising in state Senate

Senate Republicans are claiming victory in a too-close-to-call special election in Brooklyn. A win by the GOP candidate could spell another blow to minority party Democrats...  Go to full article
APA attorney Paul Van Cott won a trustee seat in Saranac Lake (Photo:  Van Cott campaign)

Democrats claim trustee seats in Saranac Lake

Voters swept two more Democrats onto the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees Tuesday. Local business owner Barbara Rice and Adirondack Park Agency attorney Paul Van Cott...  Go to full article

Gibson loses North Country turf

Congressman Chris Gibson issued a statement last night acknowledging that he will no longer represent counties in the North Country, based on a federal redistricting plan...  Go to full article

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