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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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GOP Senate candidate Turner will go at Gillibrand "full blast"

Three candidates will be on the ballot in the Republican primary race for the US Senate seat now held by Kirsten Gillibrand.

New York City Attorney Wendy Long received the most votes in Friday's Republican convention in Rochester, with around 47%. Long, a New York City attorney, says she has many similarities with Gillibrand, both are working mothers who graduated from Dartmouth College. But Long says her political philosophy is "1980s Ronald Reagan conservative." She calls Gillibrand the "number one most-liberal" Senator in the US Senate.

Long was followed by Congressman Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, they both received just over the 25% required to avoid seeking petitions. Of the three, Turner is the most recent entry into the race.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County leaders furious about redistricting

St. Lawrence County leaders are furious about New York's newly approved Assembly and Senate legislative district lines. The county has been split into four assembly districts, and three senate seats. Some say they were the big losers in Albany's backroom politics.  Go to full article
The Senate Republicans again and again stifled debate and turned democracy into a game.

Senate Dems walk out over redistricting

Seven casinos, a cut in one of the biggest government costs facing taxpayers, more convictions of career criminals and a far more promising outlook for Republicans are results of the wheeling and dealing that ended early yesterday morning in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is declaring victory.

His Republican allies in the Senate, who faced oblivion just two years ago, scored major wins to give the party a powerful, longer life in the increasingly blue state.

The all-night session of the legislature left bitter feelings between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, after Democrats stormed out in protest over the middle of the night redistricting vote. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Backroom talks yield deals on divisive issues

The New York Senate and Assembly approved new electoral district lines, as Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced agreement on a number of other unrelated issues...  Go to full article

Reform groups wrangle over redistricting constitutional amendment

Government reform groups are badly fractured over a proposed constitutional amendment poised for passage in the legislature to change the state's redistricting process. Some...  Go to full article

Critics say constitutional amendment won't fix redistricting

Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo are crafting a constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan panel to draw new legislative and congressional district lines after the...  Go to full article
NY Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Republican Sayward leaning Obama's way

Veteran North Country Republican Teresa Sayward, who won't seek another Assembly term, says she's leaning toward voting for President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential...  Go to full article

Crowded field eyes Sayward seat

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward's announcement last week that she won't seek another term has potential candidates mulling their options. As of today, at least seven people have...  Go to full article
Tara Liloia in front of Isle La Motte town offices. Photos: Sarah Harris

Town meeting day: VT voters decide issues big and small

Vermont's Champlain Islands are smack in the middle of Lake Champlain's northern end. Isle La Motte is the westernmost of those islands. It's isolated and rural. Living...  Go to full article
George Maragos campaigning at an NYC street fair. Photo: Maragos campaign

Gillibrand foe George Maragos says he'll spend own money to gain senate seat

The front-running Republican challenging US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand admits he faces an "uphill battle" against the Democratic incumbent.

George Maragos - a former...  Go to full article

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