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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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NYS Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt

State senate fight down to the wire, complicated by Sandy

Tuesday's elections will decide which party, Republicans, or Democrats, control the State Senate. The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is further complicating matters, with access to polling places still uncertain in some districts in Westchester, New York City, and Long Island. The races could come down to the wire.  Go to full article
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Super PAC money may influence VT elections

There's not a lot of drama in Vermont elections this year. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic Peter Shumlin are up for reelection and enjoy widespread support. Many incumbents on the ballot are expected to win. But campaign financing by super PACs may influence some election results.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny (R) with Saranac Lake Community Store general manager Craig Waters. Photo: Brian Mann

NY21: What's Matt Doheny's business background?

The 21st District congressional race is shaping up to be the most negative and expensive political fights in North Country history.

The campaigns of Democrat Bill Owens and Republican Matt Doheny have spent more than a million dollars apiece, slamming each other with attack ads.

Americans for Tax Reform, a "Super PAC" using money from anonymous donors, has also pumped more than $800 thousand into TV spots blasting Owens.

One of the biggest messaging battles is the effort by both candidates to brand themselves as common sense businessmen, with the kind of skill and experience that will help revive the region's long-suffering economy.

It turns out the two candidates each have strong but very different records in the private sector. In the first of two stories, we look at Matt Doheny's background in business.  Go to full article

Candidates make final push

With Election Day looming Tuesday, candidates running for office have taken to the streets, going door to door to make their final pitches to voters.

Candidates...  Go to full article
Bill Owens (left) and Matt Doheny at the YNN NY21 Candidate Debate. Photo: Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times provided courtesy YNN

NY21: Owens leads Doheny by one point, Siena poll finds

A new poll released Thursday morning from Siena Research Institute shows a massive shift of support away from Democrat Bill Owens.

According to the survey, Matt...  Go to full article

NY21: Brian Mann's conversation with Siena Pollster Steven Greenberg

A new poll released Thursday morning from Siena Research Institute shows a massive shift of support away from Democrat Bill Owens. Brian Mann spoke with Siena Pollster Steven...  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County towns are divided among four Assembly districts after the 2012 redistricting. Image: <a href="http://www.latfor.state.ny.us/maps/?sec=2012a">LATFOR</a>

St. Lawrence county enters fragmented political reality

If you live in St. Lawrence County and you're not sure who you're voting for next Tuesday, you're probably not alone. More than half of the county's towns are in new Assembly...  Go to full article
Inside the Cascade Inn in Canton. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Hearing from the female swing voter herself

Both presidential candidates are placing a lot of their attention on women voters as the election draws near. Women make up more than 52 percent of the vote. And ...  Go to full article
A collage of some of the yard signs on display around the North Country. Photo: Mark Kurtz

An Election 2012 Who's Who in yard signs

Every autumn campaign lawn signs are found sprouting up all across the North Country. They arrive and disappear along with the fall leaves. They generate a mixed reaction...  Go to full article
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant

NY21: School food gets political

A huge number of American kids are considered overweight. Nearly one in five is classified as obese. So with a push from health experts, the medical community, and First Lady...  Go to full article

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