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Progressive activists rally Friday (Source:  Progressive Coalition of Northern New York)
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.

They also contributed to a bitter and divisive rift among conservatives in the 23rd district, opening the door to a win by Democrat Bill Owens.

Now a new political group is forming, hoping to wield similar influence on the left. Brian Mann attended a rally in Saranac Lake on Friday afternoon and has our story.  Go to full article

McHugh won't return campaign cash, for now

Congressman John McHugh is awaiting confirmation as the next Secretary of the Army. With the heightened profile comes greater scrutiny. A government watchdog group is questioning a campaign contribution McHugh received from a lobbying firm under investigation by the FBI. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Aubertine, Barclay spend millions

The race for the state Senate seat in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Oswego counties enters its last full week tomorrow. Republican Will Barclay and Democrat Darrel Aubertine are on pace to spend more than a million dollars each before the special election February 26. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Campaign finance reform could change state politics

The campaign finance reform agreement between Governor Spitzer and the legislature represent the first major change to the state's political donation laws in 31 years. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Flights to fundraisers fuel current accusations in Albany

As tensions and accusations escalated this week between Governor Eliot Spitzer and Senate Leader Joe Bruno, what got lost in the debate was the original issue that was raised; should politicians use taxpayer-funded state aircraft to attend fundraisers? Karen De Witt reports.  Go to full article

Campaign finance reform driving wedge in Albany

The feud between Governor Eliot Spitzer and Senate Republicans over campaign finance reform continued in the form of a roundtable discussion held by Senate Republicans. It featured the attorney who won this week's Supreme Court case upholding some types of campaign related spending. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Campaign finance reformers keep pushing

Gov. Eliot Spitzer says he's not giving up on his fight to convince the legislature to enact campaign finace reform. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Spitzer calls for change in State of the State speech

Three days into his term as Governor, Eliot Spitzer outlined a bold plan for Albany and statewide. During his hour-long state-of-the-state speech before a joint session of the legislature today, Spitzer put state government on notice that changes are in store. Spitzer laid out a blueprint that promises to reform Albany, improve the upstate economy, and upgrade roads and bridges without raising taxes. Jonathan Brown reviews the speech's highlights and North Country references.  Go to full article
Johnson and Mortensen work the crowd in Plattsburgh.
Johnson and Mortensen work the crowd in Plattsburgh.

Viggo stumps for Dr. Bob

Hollywood star power is trying to help a Democratic candidate oust Republican Congressman John McHugh. Actor and Watertown high school graduate Viggo Mortensen attended the first of three fundraisers for Dr. Robert Johnson last night in Plattsburgh. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Energy industry supports top NY politicians

Government reform groups tracked campaign contributions given by the energy industry to government officials. They found Governor George Pataki has received the most money, but that Democratic candidate for Governor, Eliot Spitzer, is a close second. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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