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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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Donald Hassig. Photo: courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Donald Hassig. Photo: courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Hassig challenges major parties for congress

A St. Lawrence County man plans to run as a Green Party candidate in the race for New York's 23rd Congressional District seat.

Donald Hassig lives in Colton. Since 2000 has run an advocacy group called Cancer Action NY, dedicated to stopping the spread of chemical carcinogens. He believes he's ready to challenge U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh.

Hassig kicked off his campaign with a party in Potsdam that was attended by local Green Party members, college professors, students and friends. He said he doesn't expect to win the race but hopes to pull in at least 1,000 votes and spread more information about his fight against carcinogens.

Chris Morris has this profile.  Go to full article

NY-23 House race could once again be shaped by national politics

The 23rd district House seat that covers much of the North Country is expected to see one of the hottest election fights in the country this year.

In recent years, Republicans, Conservatives, and tea party activists have been bitterly divided in the region. That allowed Democrat Bill Owens to eke out two election victories in a region long considered a Republican stronghold.

This week, we'll be talking about the race, listening to the candidates, and talking to young people about this year's election. Brian Mann spoke with Martha Foley about some of the big issues and political trends that could shape the race.  Go to full article
New Assembly map would split St. Lawrence County between four districts

New legislative maps shake up Adirondack, North Country politics

The legislative task force charged with drawing new political maps for New York state released its plans for the state Senate and Assembly yesterday.

The new district lines, if approved by lawmakers and Governor Cuomo, would bring major changes for the North Country, with Hamilton County and St. Lawrence County experiencing the biggest shift.

In the future, St. Lawrence County would be represented by four different members of the Assembly.

It could also mean a new political dynamic in the Adirondack Park. Brian Mann joined Martha Foley to talk about the details.  Go to full article

Mark Barie, Tea Party leader, talks about upcoming race

Mark Barie says he won't let his health stop him from waging war with his political rivals in the upcoming 23rd Congressional District campaign.

Barie, who chairs...  Go to full article
Mark Barie (left) and family

UNYTEA president recovers health, prepares for election season

As the country buckles down for a lengthy and volatile presidential campaign, voters in the North Country are preparing for another election in New York's 23rd Congressional...  Go to full article
Common Cause NY's Susan Lerner (at right) has been talking up a new set of political boundaries for the Empire state (Photo:  Common Cause NY)

Reform group wants big shake up for North Country political map

An influential government reform group has drawn up new maps for political boundaries in New York state that would have dramatic impacts here in the North Country.
...  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury)

Judge's inmate tally decision to shake up North Country legislative districts

A state Supreme Court judge issued a ruling late Friday that could dramatically reshape North Country political boundaries. The decision affects the way prison inmates are...  Go to full article

Inmate tally continues to stump New York redistricting plan

Deliberations over drawing new legislative and congressional districts are continuing in Albany and one of the k ey sticking points is the way prison inmates are counted. ...  Go to full article

Cuomo renews promise to veto legislature's redistricting plans

Blogs lit up yesterday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed to back away from his often repeated promise to veto new electoral district lines drawn by a special legislative task...  Go to full article

Cuomo renews vow to veto district lines drawn by joint legislative commission

Governor Andrew Cuomo is stating in no uncertain terms that he intends to veto the redistricting lines now being devised by a joint legislative commission, because they are...  Go to full article

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