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Clinton's Surprising North Country Success

Like most big name politicians, Senator Hillary Clinton is stumping in swing states to help her party's presidential candidate to victory. Still in her first term, Clinton has become a major--and often divisive--political force in the nation. But in parts of rural New York, especially the Finger Lakes and the North Country, she's developed a reputation as an advocate who works across party lines to get things done. She's used her star power to energize local Democrats. And she's made inroads in traditional Republican territory that may pay dividends in future elections. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

23rd Congressional District Debate: John McHugh vs. Robert Johnson

Candidates for Congress in the 23rd district met this week in Plattsburgh at a debate sponsored by Mountain Lake Public Television Station, and the League of Women Voters of the Plattsburgh area. The candidates faced citizen questions, and a panel including Stasia Arcarese of the League of Women Voters, Bob Grady, of the Plattsburgh Press Republican, and North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann. Both the incumbent and the challenger hail from the western portion of the huge district, which stretches from Plattsburgh past Oswego. Republican John McHugh of Watertown is seeking his seventh term in the House of Representatives. Democrat Dr. Robert Johnson is a thoracic surgeon who settled a year and a half ago in Sackets Harbor, on Lake Ontario. After brief introductory statements, the debate opened with questions recorded earlier in Plattsburgh. The moderator is Mountain Lake volunteer Bill Owens. Thanks to Mountain Lake PBS for audio of this debate.  Go to full article

Gray Convalescing at Home

Republican Assembly candidate Scott Gray is convalescing at home in Watertown after he was hospitalized for minor heart problems. Gray is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Darrel Aubertine in the 118th Assembly District.  Go to full article

Activists Push Budget Reform in Albany

In the state legislative campaigns this year, reform has become the dominant issue. The 2004 session ended with 20 years of late budgets, and the latest budget in state history, as well as some ethics scandals involving individual Senators and Assembly members. In the second of two reports, Karen DeWitt takes a look at what kinds of groups are pushing reform, and how successful their efforts might be.  Go to full article

114th Assembly Candidates Throw Verbal Punches

The race for the 114th Assembly district has turned harsh in recent weeks, fueled by dissatisfaction with Albany and by a huge infusion of cash from the Democratic Party. Incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff and challenger Bernie Bassett have traded accusations about jobs and the dysfunctional legislature. Brian Mann reports from Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

Budget Reform Becomes Centerpiece in Legislative Campaigns

The 2004 legislative session ended with the latest budget in state history, as state Senators and Assembly members failed to meet the deadline for the 20th year in a row. The lawmakers also were unable to answer a court order to reform school funding, and ethical scandals plagued the legislature. Now, as all members of the Senate and Assembly face re-election, reform is the number one issue in legislative campaigns. Karen DeWitt takes a look, in the first of two reports, at who is advocating change, and what shape possible reforms may take.  Go to full article
Scott Gray on the campaign trail.
Scott Gray on the campaign trail.

118th Assembly: An Interview with Scott Gray

The two candidates in the 118th Assembly District in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties are making their last campaign appearances this week before next Tuesday's vote. Democratic incumbent Darrel Aubertine faces a serious challenge from Republican Scott Gray. Gray owns Gray's Flowers in Watertown and is a Jefferson County legislator. He ran unsuccessfully for this seat two years ago. He told David Sommerstein he's running again because he sees a need for change.  Go to full article

Pollster Criticizes Both Presidential Contenders

Pollster John Zogby calls the 2004 presidential race the "Armageddon election". Zogby criticized both candidates for their actions during the heated race for the White House in a speech at SUNY-Potsdam Monday night. Zogby made reference to Armageddon -- the end of the world -- because of the extreme divide throughout the nation. He talked about the unique challenges of the election and examined the role of polls and polling in the American political process.  Go to full article

118th Assembly District: Interview with Darrel Aubertine

Two years ago, Cape Vincent farmer and Jefferson County legislator Darrel Aubertine became the first Democrat to represent the North Country in Albany in almost 30 years. Now he's running for re-election in the 118th Assembly, or 'river', district against Republican challenger Scott Gray. Aubertine told David Sommerstein he learned in his first term how to play the game in Albany to advance North Country interests.  Go to full article

New Political Dynamics in "River District"

On Election Day, first-term Democratic Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine faces a challenge from Watertown businessman Republican Scott Gray in the 118th district. It's also called the 'River District' because it runs along the St. Lawrence River in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties. Both candidates are from Jefferson County and both ran for the seat two years ago. But as David Sommerstein reports, some key differences this time around make the race tough to call.  Go to full article

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