Jan 14, 2009 — Hundreds of people from northern New York and Vermont are headed to Washington DC this weekend. They plan to watch the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. Brian Mann checked in with three families who are making the trip. They all say they want a front-row seat for a big moment in American history. Go to full article
Oct 03, 2008 — North Country congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand has repeated her No vote on the $700 billion bailout. The Democrat was one of only three New York representatives, all Democrats, to reject the plan. Republican John McHugh, from Pierrepont, and Democrat Mike Arcuri from the Mohawk Valley voted Yes on the package.
Gillibrand's stance, while apparently popular with most constituents, has drawn some pointed questions. The Plattsburgh Press-Republican published a lead editorial this morning questioning the political motives of naysayers. The newspaper's editorial board suggested that some opponents "voted that way... with personal interests in mind."
Gillibrand has insisted that her stance is one of principle, not political advantage. Her Republican challenger, Sandy Treadwell, also opposed the bailout package. Go to full article
Incumbent Dem. Kirsten Gillibrand (left) emerges as top national fundraiser while Rep. Sandy Treadwell snags GOP endorsements
Feb 14, 2008 — New York's 20th Congressional district race is making headlines again around the country. North Country challenger Sandy Treadwell, a Republican, won the backing of Republican leaders. Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand has emerged as one of the top fundraisers in the country. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Oct 19, 2007 — Governor Eliot Spitzer arrived in Albany after one of the biggest landslide victories in New York state history. But his first year in office has been marked by gridlock, scandal, and an epic political feud with Senate majority leader Joe Bruno. Brian Mann checked in with Albany Times-Union columnist Fred LeBrun, who says there's little sign things are about to improve. Go to full article
Jul 17, 2007 — If New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton hopes to win her party's presidential primary, she'll have to win votes in states with large rural populations, places like Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. Bill Bishop is a journalist based in Austin Texas and an expert on rural policy issues. He spoke with Brian Mann about the influence of small town voters on the 2008 race. Bishop says rural issues like the Farm Bill are creeping into the national discussion. But small towns are falling far behind in their financial donations to the top candidates. Go to full article