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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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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 approve local budgets.

This year local issues at town meeting reflect national debates. In Franklin, Vermont, voters will determine whether prayer should be allowed at town meeting. And 52 towns will vote on whether to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United.

In Burlington, the state's largest city, Vermonters are headed to the polls to elect a new mayor. Sarah Harris has more.  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 decision until redistricting lines are redrawn.

A Federal judge is now considering plans submitted by political leaders in New York state. Under one of those plans, Hoffman would land in the 20th congressional district, where he now lives. But under another plan, the 23rd district would expand to include Lake Placid.

Two years ago, Hoffman moved his residency to Saranac Lake while challenging fellow Republican Matt Doheny in the GOP primary.

Hoffman's two bids for congress drew widespread support from conservatives in the 23rd district and divided Republican voters, but he fell short against Democratic Representative Bill Owens.

The judge's decision on how to draw congressional lines in New York State could come within the next two weeks.  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 decision after "a great deal of careful thought and personal reflection."

Sayward, a Republican, has served as Willsboro town supervisor and a member of the state Assembly for the last two decades. In her statement, Sayward said she leaves public service "more optimistic than when I entered."

Sayward was a strong advocate of same-sex marriage. She says she was proud to "stand up, speak out and vote in support of marriage equality for all New Yorkers." The decision will set off a scramble for her seat, in a district that has long been seen as a Republican stronghold.

But one of the top contenders could be Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas, a Democrat who leads the Essex County board of supervisors. Douglas saw his profile rise dramatically as he led the recovery effort following tropical storm Irene.

In an interview with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Douglas said he is "honestly considering a run," but he won't make a formal decision until he "thoroughly" discusses the pros and cons with his family.

Read Sayward's statement in full below.  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

Federal court will redraw congressional district maps

A federal court is taking over the drawing of new congressional district maps in New York, after lawmakers failed to meet their own self-imposed deadline to draw new lines. ...  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens at the legislative luncheon in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Owens gives Obama points, considering the political climate

Democratic Representative Bill Owens says President Barack Obama is doing a "very reasonable job." Owens, who represents New York's 23rd Congressional District, spoke about...  Go to full article
Matt Doheny at the Saranac Lake Adult Center. Photo: Chis Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Doheny campaign drops by for donuts with seniors

A small crowd joined congressional candidate Matt Doheny in Saranac Lake over the weekend to talk politics and nosh on some donuts.

The Watertown businessman and...  Go to full article

Doheny draws Conservative Party nod

There are growing signs that Republican challenger Matt Doheny from Watertown will have a clear shot at challenging Democratic congressman Bill Owens.

Two years...  Go to full article

NY redistricting likely headed to federal "master"

The legislature's newly drawn state Senate and Assembly lines, as well as new congressional lines, may be headed toward a special master appointed by a federal court. As...  Go to full article
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Assembly Dems want primaries in June

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would require all of the primaries for statewide elections in the Assembly and Senate held on June...  Go to full article

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