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Little: change in prisoner count could cut district numbers

New York lawmakers have begun the process of reshaping electoral districts following last year's census. Last week, a redistricting task force announced it would ignore a law requiring prison inmates to be counted at their last known address.

That angered civil rights advocates, who argue home districts deserve credit for the prisoners, for electoral representation as well as state aid and services that depend on population. But the change worries North Country representatives whose districts have long counted prisoners where they're incarcerated.

The law passed in 2010 when Democrats controlled both legislative houses and the governor's mansion. The measure has since been challenged in court by nine Republican state senators. Betty Little of Queensbury is a plaintiff in that lawsuit. She isn't commenting on the suit, but she told Chris Morris the loss to her district would be significant, 9,000 to 10,000 people.  Go to full article
Who doesn't want to save New York? And who wants fiscal UNfairness?

Common Cause calls for transparency from interest groups

A government reform group is seeking more disclosure by so-called third party interest groups. Common Cause says they're spending more and more to influence public opinion on policy issues like property taxes and school spending.

Common Cause's Sue Lerner says there's a worrisome and growing trend of millions of dollars of television and social media advertising from third party interest groups with what she called misleading names - like the Committee to Save New York, the Alliance for Quality Education and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Doug Hoffman (left) and Matt Doheny (right) arrive in Plattsburgh for last night's Republican primary debate.  (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Doug Hoffman (left) and Matt Doheny (right) arrive in Plattsburgh for last night's Republican primary debate. (Photo: Brian Mann)

Complete audio: the NY-23 Republican primary debate in Plattsburgh

This week's debate between Doug Hoffman and Matt Doheny in the NY-23 Republican Primary was fierce and raw at times, but the two men also laid out a staunchly conservative agenda, promising to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare plan, opposing same-sex marriage and embryonic stem cell research, arguing for an end to earmark projects in the North Country and a full stop to stimulus spending. The debate was organized by UNYTEA, one of the region's largest tea party groups.  Go to full article

Democratic women gather to support Gillibrand

Women in the state Senate and Assembly gathered in Albany Tuesday to voice their support of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She faces a possible primary challenge from Harold Ford, Jr. The Democrat who mounted an unsuccessful bid for the Senate in Tennessee in 2006, now lives in New York City. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Hoffman narrows margin in 23rd special election

The North Country special election that captured national attention isn't over yet. Bill Owens has been sworn in as the first Democrat to represent the district since the 1850s. But his election night lead over Conservative Doug Hoffman has been trimmed to just over 3,000 votes of more than 140,000 cast. There are still absentee ballots to count. But as David Sommerstein reports, a Hoffman comeback appears unlikely.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (Source: NYS Assembly)
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (Source: NYS Assembly)

Dede Scozzafava: A different kind of Republican maverick

This week, North Country Public Radio is profiling the three candidates vying to replace Congressman John McHugh. The best known of the three is Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, a veteran Republican from Gouverneur. Scozzafava has been a fixture in the region's political life for a decade, and her family has deep ties in the North Country. When she won the GOP nomination this summer, Scozzafava was widely viewed as the front-runner. Her moderate views seemed like a perfect fit in a district that has been trending Democratic. But as Brian Mann reports, Scozzafava's campaign sparked a fierce conservative backlash.  Go to full article

Sorting through the race to replace McHugh

It's been a busy week in the special election to replace former Congressman John McHugh. Election day is just a little over three weeks away. This week, President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton have waded into the fray. We've also had more Republican-Conservative squabbles and some high-profile endorsements. Brian Mann joins Marth Foley on the line to sort it all out.  Go to full article
North Country Dems -- including Scott Murphy (middle) and June O'Neill -- could find themselves in the middle of a political feud between a President and a Governor.
North Country Dems -- including Scott Murphy (middle) and June O'Neill -- could find themselves in the middle of a political feud between a President and a Governor.

O'Neill not worried that Paterson-Obama dust-up will hurt North Country Dems

June O'Neill from St. Lawrence county is chair of the New York state Democratic Party. She was at yesterday's speech and spoke with Brian Mann about the dust-up between the President and Governor Paterson.  Go to full article
Congressman Scott Murphy with his family and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Photo provided)
Congressman Scott Murphy with his family and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Photo provided)

Murphy sworn in, capping improbable political rise

Democrat Scott Murphy was sworn into office yesterday, by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Glens Falls businessman emerged into the political theater less than three months ago and toppled one of New York state's most powerful Republican leaders. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Tedisco suffers setbacks in fight for 20th district; Murphy maintains lead

Republican Jim Tedisco suffered two new setbacks yesterday in his bid to win the 20th district congressional seat. A tally of votes in Saratoga County failed to put him ahead of Democratic rival Scott Murphy. A judge also rejected the GOP?s effort to disqualify hundreds of ballots. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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