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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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NY Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. Photo: Mark Kurtz
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 race. Sayward made the surprise statement during an interview on YNN's program "Capital Tonight."

Sayward has been an advocate of gay rights and supported same-sex marriage in New York, describing it as a "civil rights issue." During the interview with YNN, Sayward complained that Republicans on the national stage are pushing a religious agenda that, in her view, meddles too far in people's private lives.

Sayward, a former town supervisor from Willsboro, served 10 years in the Assembly as a Republican. A race is now underway to fill her seat, with at least seven candidates considering a run.  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 expressed moderate to serious interest in running for her seat.

The district includes Essex, Hamilton, Warren and part of Saratoga counties. Redistricting proposals could cut out Hamilton County in favor of Washington County. Chris Morris reports.  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 there, you might travel to New York State to see a doctor, or go to the grocery store.

But, Isle La Motte joins other towns across Vermont in town meeting day, when citizens come together to have their say on issues big and small. Sarah Harris spent town meeting day on the island and has our story.  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
Lake placid Conservative Doug Hoffman

Hoffman considering another run for Congress

Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman says he's considering another run for congress. In an interview broadcast this morning on NPR, Hoffman said he was waiting to make his...  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Sayward won't seek another Assembly term, Douglas considers run

North Country assemblywoman Teresa Sayward says she won't see re-election this year. In a surprise announcement released late yesterday, Sayward said she had reached the...  Go to full article

Challengers emerge in 114th Assembly race

The race for New York's 114th Assembly District seat, currently held by Republican Janet Duprey, is heating up fast.

This week, Clinton County businessman David...  Go to full article

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