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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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New Assembly map would split St. Lawrence County between four districts
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 the Upstate New York Tea Party, suffered a brain aneurism and three strokes last March. As we reported yesterday, it's been a tough road to recovery for Barie, both physically and mentally.

In part two of our series, Chris Morris talks to Barie about the upcoming race and what the big issues will be for the Tea Party.  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 District.

Two years ago, the Upstate New York Tea Party was right in the thick of things. The group's chairman, Mark Barie, became a major player in the congressional battle between incumbent Representative Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh; Matt Doheny, a former Wall Street financier who now lives in Watertown; and Doug Hoffman, an accountant and businessman from Lake Placid.

In March 2011, Barie suffered a brain aneurism and three strokes. Today, in part one of a two-part series, Chris Morris looks at Barie's road to recovery as he prepares to re-enter what's sure to be a big political fight in the 23rd District.  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
Sharon Boisen is one of the Essex County supervisors facing stiff opposition November 8th (Photo:  Brian Mann)

Hyperlocal issues shape fierce Essex County races

Next month, voters will go to the polls across northern New York and Vermont. There any statewide or national candidates on the ballot, but scores of vitally important local...  Go to full article
Sen. Little's district could be shaped heavily by inmate court fight

Judge to decide how inmates will shape North Country districts

Attorneys were in court this week in Albany, arguing a case that could dramatically reshape the way North Country legislative districts are redrawn. A new state law requires...  Go to full article

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