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Scott Murphy
Scott Murphy

Scott Murphy?s rise reflects a changing political landscape

Democrat Scott Murphy has closed to within five points of Republican frontrunner Jim Tedisco in the 20th congressional district race. Steven Greenberg with Siena College says the race is now "too close to call." The influential Rothenberg Report now calls the race a "toss-up." Scott Murphy, a political newcomer from Glens Falls, has nearly erased what was a 20-point gap just a month ago. Tedisco, the top Republican in the state Assembly, is scrambling to retool his campaign and his TV ads. With just two weeks left to go in this race, Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the poll numbers and what they mean.  Go to full article
Scott Murphy, Democrat
Scott Murphy, Democrat

In twist, Republicans say Democratic House candidate is fatcat businessman

The 20th congressional district race is heating up in the final weeks, with a barrage of negative campaign ads, a frantic schedule of debates and endless whistle-stops. Democrat Scott Murphy toured the North Country on Sunday. He's been working to paint his opponent, Republican Jim Tedisco, as a career Albany politician who won't take a stand on the economic stimulus package. Tedisco, meanwhile, says Murphy is as an out-of-touch millionaire with no experience as a lawmaker. As Brian Mann reports, Republicans hope to tie Murphy to the meltdown on Wall Street.  Go to full article

Tedisco, Murphy debate stimulus and social security in Saratoga Springs

Two hundred people attended the first debate yesterday between Republican Jim Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy. The town-hall style event was organized by the AARP in Saratoga Springs. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Rep. Gillibrand in Saratoga County (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Rep. Gillibrand in Saratoga County (Photo: Brian Mann)

Gillibrand pushes cautiously for end to Iraq war

More positive news has been coming out of Iraq lately, but new polls conducted by the Washington Post and the LA Times show that public sentiment here in the US remains largely negative. In public appearances, President Bush usually speaks only to carefully orchestrated groups of supporters. But rank-and-file members of Congress don't have that luxury. As they travel home for the holidays, Republicans and Democrats alike face fierce questions about the cost and the future of the war. Brian Mann reported recently on North Country Congressman John McHugh's town hall meeting in Plattsburgh. This morning, we'll hear Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand's discussion of the war at session in Saratoga County.  Go to full article

Gillibrand faces early GOP opposition

North Country Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference Wednesday in Albany to raise support for a pro-union bill now in Congress. Union Leaders say the "Free Choice Act" would make it easier for workers to unionize. Just three months after her upset victory, Gillibrand is already facing opposition from Republicans. A GOP official says Republican leaders will target the 20th Congressional district seat in 2008. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, NY-20 (File photo)
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, NY-20 (File photo)

Rep. Gillibrand goes to Washington

Representative Kirsten Gillibrand is settling in for her first term in Washington. The Democrat, who represents parts of the Adrirondacks, as well as the Champlain Valley and Glens Falls, won an upset victory over Republican John Sweeney in November. Gillibrand spoke with Brian Mann about her first weeks on the job. She says she's comfortable with the direction taken by the Democratic leadership in the House, especially on the Iraq War. Gillibrand says President Bush's planned build-up of forces in Iraq is misguided.  Go to full article
Congressman John Sweeney
Congressman John Sweeney

Domestic violence charge rocks Sweeney race

The 20th congressional district race was rocked yesterday when two newspapers published reports of a domestic incident in December involving Republican incumbent John Sweeney and his wife Gaia, who goes by the name Gayle. The Albany Times-Union and the New York Daily News reported that Sweeney allegedly grabbed his wife by the neck. The development comes with just a week left in the campaign, as Sweeney faces the toughest re-election fight of his career against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article

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