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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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My position is I will veto the lines that are drawn. I believe it should be done by an independent commission.

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 force.
On public radio's Capitol Pressroom, he told host Susan Arbetter there could be a certain amount of chaos if he vetoes new electoral district lines due after the 2010 Census. The Albany Times Union's Capitol Confidential blog noted "chaos is not Cuomoian."

But later in the day, he renewed his veto pledge, in no uncertain terms. The governor told Albany reporter Karen DeWitt he intends to veto the redistricting lines now being devised by a joint legislative commission, because they are not independent and non partisan.  Go to full article
If they insist on playing chicken...this is going to end up in the hands of the court.

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 not independent and nonpartisan. Karen DeWitt has the details:  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 races will be decided.

Essex County has a particularly fierce set of campaigns, with the long-time county clerk facing a stiff challenge, and at least two town supervisors scrambling to keep their seats. Brian Mann sat down to talk about those races with Lohr McKinstry, the veteran reporter with the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.  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

Republican Doheny wants Owens rematch

Watertown businessman Matt Doheny says he wants to challenge Democrat Bill Owens in next year's congressional race. He filed papers this week making his campaign...  Go to full article

Redistricting will count prisoners where they lived before incarceration

Republicans in the State Senate last week changed their position on the counting of state prison inmates for drawing new legislative district lines, required every ten years....  Go to full article
Matt Doheny

Doheny wants re-match in 2012

The next congressional election is a year and a half away, but Republican Matt Doheny is already announcing that he will challenge Democrat Bill Owens. Owens edged out Doheny...  Go to full article
Rep. Gibson accompanied President Obama to Schenectady on Friday (Source:  White House)

Rep. Gibson raises profile in Washington

It was a big week for Congressman Chris Gibson, the freshman Republican from Kinderhook who represents the 20th congressional district. The former Army Colonel traveled...  Go to full article
Progressive activists rally Friday (Source:  Progressive Coalition of Northern New York)

New progressive group tackles campaign finance reform

During last year's mid-term election, newly-formed tea party groups played a huge role. They helped elect Republican congressman Chris Gibson in the 20th district. ...  Go to full article

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