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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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"First they say 'well, we have economic trouble. Thank you for that startling revelation. I wouldn't have known.'" - Cuomo

Cuomo tough on GOP at convention, friendlier at home

Governor Cuomo, addressing New York's delegation in Charlotte, harshly denounced Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan's budget and other GOP policies. But, as Karen DeWitt reports, back at the state Capitol, the governor and Republicans in the legislature have a cordial relationship.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens addresses crowd in Greenwich, in Washington County. Photo: Brian Mann

In first NY21 debate, Owens-Doheny agree on farm bill

Across the US, the 2012 campaign has been marked by bitter rhetoric and fierce partisanship. The federal farm bill has been caught up in the hard-line battle, with any conservatives pushing to kill the measure.

But in their first debate of the season, in the Washington County community of Greenwich, the candidates for New York's 21st district House seat both supported the farm bill. On a wide range of issues, Republican Matt Doheny and Democrat Bill Owens made a clear bid for the center.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. Photo: Mark Kurtz

NY 21: GOP's Sayward backs DEM Bill Owens

One of the North Country's top Republican lawmakers says she's backing Democrat Bill Owens in the race for congress. Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, who is stepping down at the end of this year, campaigned with Owens over the weekend.

The Democrat is facing a stiff challenge from Republican Matt Doheny, who lost narrowly to Owens two years ago. Sayward's endorsement comes as both candidates work to win over moderate voters and women who could decide the race.  Go to full article

NY21: Owens works senior vote in Massena

Senior citizens vote at higher rates than the rest of the population. So they'll be key to the eventual winner of the North Country's 21st Congressional district. And...  Go to full article
Bill Owens in his first TV spot of the campaign. Photo: Owens Campaign

NY21: Bill Owens launches first TV spot of campaign

Congressman Bill Owens is launching his first TV spot. With just over two months before election day, the ad will air primarily on stations that broadcast in the Glens Falls...  Go to full article
Matt Doheny (at right) in his first TV spot of the 2012 season. Photo: Doheny campaign

NY21: Doheny goes live with first TV ad

Republican challenger Matt Doheny began airing his first TV spot yesterday, as he fights to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Owens in November. The campaign for the 21st...  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand spoke at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.

In Potsdam, Sen. Gillibrand announces "Innovation Bank"

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced new federal legislation meant to spur science and technology job growth, while visiting Clarkson University in Potsdam on Friday...  Go to full article

In NY21 race, Doheny, Owens wrangle over fall debates

A disagreement has erupted over debates in the race for the North Country's seat in congress. The campaigns for Bill Owens and Matt Doheny say they have agreed to a total of...  Go to full article
Rep. Paul Ryan at a Romney-Ryan rally in Manassas, VA on Sunday. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/djbrandt/">monkeyz_uncle</a>, cc <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Election 2012: The Ryan effect in New York

Presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate will likely have an impact on New York's competitive races for the House...  Go to full article
NYS GOP Chair Ed Cox (at a Young Republicans Christmas party in 2005)

State GOP Chair: Ryan Will "Play Well" in New York Races

The head of the State's Republican Party predicts that the choice of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential candidate will be helpful in some portions of New York...  Go to full article

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