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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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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 yesterday. Advocates immediately called the deal on the new lines an assault on voter rights.

The redistricting announcement last night came as backroom talks yielded agreements on expansion of the state's DNA data base, pension reform, and an amendment to allow more gambling in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 say it's the best deal that can be obtained and will represent some reform. Others say it's an unacceptable step backwards. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Not only would it not be reform, it would be regression.

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 next census in 2020. But critics say in its present form, the proposal won't accomplish its goal. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  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
Matt Doheny campaigning in Canton during his 2010 run for Congress.

County GOP leaders line up behind Doheny

Watertown Republican Matt Doheny continues to rack up party endorsements in his bid to unseat Democratic Congressman Bill Owens from Plattsburgh.

Over the last...  Go to full article
Under Federal judge's plan, Rep. Owens (R) faces a reshaped North Country district and Rep. Gibson (L) is ousted from the region

Federal judge calls for major shake-up in North Country Congressional district

The Adirondack North Country may be unified into one congressional district this year.

A federal judge has issued a map that would consolidate the region into a...  Go to full article
City Hall in Burlington. Photo: TripAdvisor.com

In Burlington, electing a new mayor

Town meeting day in Vermont is one of the few examples of direct democracy in our country. It's a state holiday, and townspeople turn out to elect municipal leaders and...  Go to full article

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