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Photo: <a href="">Ove Overmeyer</a>, CC some rights reserved
Photo: Ove Overmeyer, CC some rights reserved

Is it time for reform at the state Board of Elections?

Anti-corruption proposals are proliferating in Albany, following two high profile bribery scandals. Some of them focus on the long neglected state Board of Elections, which hasn't even had an investigator on staff in over a year.  Go to full article

NY21 Debate: Candidates spar in Plattsburgh

Two of the three candidates for the North Country's congressional seat squared off in Plattsburgh Tuesday night for a debate sponsored by WPTZ television.

Green Party candidate Donald Hassig wasn't included in the debate, but the forum did include an opportunity for Republican challenger Matt Doheny and Democratic congressman Bill Owens to question each other about issues ranging from Medicare reform to trade with China.

The exchange was heated at times, with the two men accusing each other of misleading voters and embracing policies that hurt the North Country.  Go to full article

Tea party poll shows support for Doheny, Santorum

A straw poll taken late last week by North Country tea party activists in Plattsburgh found that roughly two-thirds of participants support Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny. The Watertown Republican hopes to challenge Congressman Bill Owens next November.  Go to full article
The only real path that Senate Republicans have to maintaining their majority into 2013 is for them to draw their own lines.

Redistricting the elephant in the room in Albany

One of the biggest issues facing state lawmakers in 2012 is the redrawing of electoral district lines.
New lines are drawn after every U.S. Census and typically reflect the political power structure of the state legislature, bolstering sitting majorities. As Karen DeWitt reports, the topic has been the elephant in the room during much of this year. Gov Andrew Cuomo has repeated threats to veto any lines that are gerrymandered and drawn in a partisan manner.  Go to full article
Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham. Source: Watertown municipal website
Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham. Source: Watertown municipal website

Jeffrey Graham reelected mayor of Watertown

Jeff Graham was reelected to his fifth term as mayor of the city of Watertown last night. The election pitted the incumbent mayor against a longtime rival on the City Council, Jeff Smith. Joanna Richards reports.  Go to full article

Mayor's Race in Watertown pits long-time incumbent against City Council challenger

The mayor's race in Watertown pits long-time incumbent Jeff Graham against a challenger with similar longevity on the City Council, Jeff Smith. Graham has said the city's doing well and he has the experience, knowledge and contacts to continue to keep Watertown on a good track. Smith says his candidacy represents new leadership and a new vision for the city. Both candidates for mayor have years of experience on City Council, and both are small business owners who say they're committed to fiscal discipline. Joanna Richards reports.  Go to full article

The race for St. Lawrence County Clerk

The election of a county clerk usually doesn't get much attention. The office processes paperwork: passports, pistol permits, mortgages, and vehicle registrations. But this year, people are watching the race for clerk in St. Lawrence County. And the two candidates think that's largely because the office has started making money. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
I dont believe that an election 14 months before another election is a predictor of whats going to happen.

Pollster says GOP win not just about Obama

While many are portraying the outcome of New York's 9th Congressional district race as a message to President Obama, a New York based pollster and political analyst says it's more complicated than that. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Republican State Sen. Betty Little (left), of Queensbury, and Patty Ritchie, Republican from St. Lawrence County, could see changes in their adjoining districts.
Republican State Sen. Betty Little (left), of Queensbury, and Patty Ritchie, Republican from St. Lawrence County, could see changes in their adjoining districts.

Redistricting could cut region's representation in Albany

There is a huge legal and political fight underway over how and where to count prison inmates when it comes time to draw New York State's political boundaries next year.

When Democrats briefly controlled the state Senate, they pushed through a bill requiring that roughly 60,000 prisoners be counted in their home districts.

If a legal challenge doesn't overturn the law, that could strip upstate districts of tens of thousands of people, forcing big changes in the shape of state Senate and Assembly districts.
Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about why the North Country is vulnerable, and how the process may unfold.  Go to full article

Old rivals face off in Watertown mayor's race

The race for mayor has begun in Watertown, with two longtime rivals in city government facing off against each other.

The race pits incumbent Jeffrey Graham against city councilman Jeffrey Smith.

Joanna Richards has the story.  Go to full article

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