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Maybe calling it a baby step is an overstatement. But Farm Bill machinery is creaking and grinding ever so slowly in shutdown Washington, DC. After the House re-attached the agriculture and food stamp portions of the Farm Bill on Monday and passed...
Elise Stefanik, a 29-year-old former George W. Bush staffer who’s works in her family’s plywood business in Altamont, NY, has announced she’ll seek the Republican nomination to run in the race for New York’s 21st...
I blogged yesterday about the possibility that the U.S. House might consider a Farm Bill in which the Food Stamps program (SNAP) was separated out from the agriculture portion of the bill. Now a version of the Farm Bill without SNAP has passed the...
The Senate Agriculture committee passed a nearly $100 billion a year Farm Bill this afternoon, 15-5. One of the Senators who voted against it was New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who's leading a fight to restore all of the $400 million...
Tuesday afternoon, in a conference call with reporters, New York Democrat and Senate Agriculture committee member Kirsten Gillibrand laid out her priorities for a new farm bill. She discussed plenty of policy to help farmers, from revamping the milk...
News stories tagged with "congress"
Dec 13, 2006 — While some defeated politicians go out with a bang, making speeches and pushing last-minute legislation, Republican John Sweeney has quietly faded away in Washington. Following his surprise defeat in November, Congressman Sweeney failed to turn up for much of the pre-holiday lame-duck session. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
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Nov 08, 2006 — Democrats picked up another New York district considered solidly Republican. Oneida County District Attorney Mike Arcuri tallied a solid margin against Republican state Senator Ray Meier in the 24th. With 83 percent of the vote counted last night, Arcuri had 53 percent of the vote. The Watertown Times reports this morning that the district hasn't sent a Democrat to Washington in 60 years. Longtime moderate Sherwood Boehlert retierd from the seat this year. Musician-politician John Hall defeated 12-year Republican Sue Kelly in the 19th Congressional District. Hall wrote the 70s pop hits "Still the One" and "Dance with Me." In the 26th District, Republican Representative Tom Reynolds held onto his seat after becoming ensnared in the congressional page scandal. Freshman Republican Randy Kuhl beat Navy veteran and anti-Iraq war candidate Eric Massa in the conservative rural 29th District. Go to full article
Nov 03, 2006 — At noon today, Mountain Lake PBS will broadcast a series of pre-recorded campaign debates. One of those debates features Congressman John McHugh, the Republican incumbent in the 23rd district, and Democratic challenger Dr. Bob Johnson. Brian Mann was part of the panel of journalists interviewing the two politicians. Mountain Lake PBS has generously agreed to allow North Country Public Radio to broadcast a portion of the debate. The moderator is Plattsburgh attorney Bill Owens. Go to full article
Nov 02, 2006 — 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
Oct 26, 2006 — Former President Bill Clinton will campaign in Latham today, stumping for Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand hopes to unseat incumbent Republican John Sweeney. The Glens Falls Post Star had scheduled a debate between the two candidates for this evening. But Sweeney announced this week that he wouldn't face Gillibrand. Sweeney also failed to appear at a debate on Monday held by the League of Women Voters in Saratoga County. Gillibrand took to the stage alone, addressing a small audience. As Brian Mann reports, the lack of a face-to-face meeting is the latest development in one of the nation's most toxic congressional races. Go to full article
Sep 07, 2006 — Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand says she's closed the gap with Republican congressman John Sweeney. A pollster hired by Gillibrand's campaign says she lags by only 8 percent. That's much closer than an independent poll conducted by Siena College late last month. Brian Mann has the story. Go to full article
Aug 29, 2006 — A new poll taken by Siena College shows Republican John Sweeney leading the 20th congressional district race by wide margins. With two months before the November election, Sweeney holds a 19-point advantage over Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Aug 04, 2006 — Attorney General Eliot Spitzer spent the day campaigning in the North Country yesterday. The frontrunner in the Governor's race met with law enforcement officials, toured economic development projects, and rallied local Democrats. Spitzer and running mate David Patterson are both from New York City. But as Brian Mann reports, Spitzer offered assurances that the North Country won't be forgotten if he's elected. Go to full article
Jul 25, 2006 — Yesterday's announcement in Lake Placid came at a time when Assembly Democrats are scrutinizing the management of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. A hearing is scheduled to resume this afternoon into the appropriateness of a gathering, Congressional Challenge, held last winter, and co-hosted by Republican Congressman John Sweeney, ORDA, and the New York Power Authority. As Brian Mann reports, top Republicans, including Governor Pataki, say the gathering was ethical. Go to full article
Apr 13, 2006 — Republican Congressman John Sweeney is facing tough questions over his involvement in a weekend retreat last January in Lake Placid that included more than twenty of his staff, family-members, and supporters. The New York Power Authority paid for the event, which had a price tag of $25,000. It was hosted by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. The roster of guests included powerful Republicans, including the brother and sister of former White House chief of staff Andrew Card and a top GOP lawyer who has represented Tom DeLay. At least four Democrats also attended, including aides to Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada. Organizers say the trip was a legitimate effort to build federal support for Olympic venues in Lake Placid. But as Brian Mann reports, critics say the gathering was a taxpayer-sponsored vacation for politicians and lobbyists. Go to full article