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Great Lakes call for help

The Great Lakes might be the most ignored resource on the continent. Great Lakes advocates say they have not been able to get enough attention or money from Congress. Rebecca Williams reports one group is outlining what needs to be done to fix the Lakes before climate change makes things worse.  Go to full article

Gillibrand takes national stage

North Country congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand took a national stage over the weekend, delivering the Democratic Party's national address. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Rep. John McHugh
Rep. John McHugh

McHugh: health care a big, expensive problem

Congressman John McHugh said yesterday he's well aware of the pressures on the North Country rural health care system. He agrees that reimbursement rates are part of the problem, and says he and others in Congress are now fighting an additional 10% cut in the president's budget. McHugh said he's also working to correct what he called "reimbursement anomalies"-- lower rates in Medicare and Medicaid that hurt rural North Country hospitals--with Democrat Charles Rangel. Rangel represents upper Manhattan and chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. McHugh said when government rates are low, "everybody stays low." New York is among several states hoping to make health care accessible to more children by extending the S-chip program. It provides health insurance to children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to buy private insurance. Congress and the Bush Administration are fighting over S-chip eligibility limits. A bi-partisan coalition including McHugh passed legislation to expand eligibility to nearly 4 million more children. The president issued a rare veto earlier this month. Congress will try to overturn the president's veto next week. McHugh told Martha Foley he's voting to override.  Go to full article
Rep. Michael Arcuri
Rep. Michael Arcuri

Arcuri opposes Bush's Iraq plan

Another North Country Congressman, Democrat Michael Arcuri, voiced his support for the non-binding resolution that praises U.S. troops but rebukes President Bush's handling of the Iraq war. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
John McHugh on a recent Iraq trip (File photo)
John McHugh on a recent Iraq trip (File photo)

McHugh leads opposition to Dem Iraq resolution

Yesterday, the House of Representative began three days of debate over the war in Iraq. Democratic leaders introduced a non-binding resolution that expresses support for American troops. But the statement also condemns President Bush's plan send another 20,000 combat soldiers to fight in Bagdad and Anbar province. North Country Congressman John McHugh is a Republican and a member of the Armed Services Committee. Speaking on the House floor last night, McHugh attacked the Democratic resolution and helped to lead the Republican opposition. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

"Angry" Sweeney leaves Washington

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

NY picks for Congress: some old, some new

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

Johnson, McHugh debate in 23rd district race

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
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

Sweeney refuses to debate Gillibrand

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

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