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Murphy was sworn in last year by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Murphy was sworn in last year by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

In tough political climate, Rep. Scott Murphy argues for a second term

Representative Scott Murphy toured the North Country yesterday, visiting Lake Placid, Keene and North Hudson.

Murphy is a Democrat from Glens Falls who represents the 20th district. He's running hard to win a first full term in congress.

He faces Republican challenger Chris Gibson, a former Army colonel from Columbia County.

As Brian Mann reports, Murphy faces a very different political climate from last year, when he squeaked by in a special election.  Go to full article
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls)
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls)

Web extra: Brian Mann talks in-depth with Rep. Scott Murphy

In a sit-down interview this week with North Country Public Radio, Rep. Scott Murphy said that his political identity is distinct from that of his national party going into this fall's midterm election.

Will voters buy that argument, despite Murphy's support for key elements of the Democratic agenda?

In a district where registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats, that question may define whether or not Murphy wins a full first term in his race with Republican challenger Chris Gibson.

Here is Rep. Murphy's unedited conversation with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson

NY-20: Murphy, Gibson spar over healthcare, stimulus

This November, Glens Falls Democrat Scott Murphy will defend his seat against Republican challenger Chris Gibson. Gibson is a former Army colonel from Columbia county. The two men met last night at the Hyde Collection museum in Glens Falls for their first debate.

As Brian Mann reports, they agreed on a wide range of issues, but sparred over the impact of the Federal stimulus and healthcare reform.  Go to full article
Peter Borrelli will head Protect the Adirondacks (Source:  PtA)
Peter Borrelli will head Protect the Adirondacks (Source: PtA)

Protect the Adirondacks reorganizes again; Borrelli to lead green group

One of the region's most influential environmental groups is re-organizing yet again, hoping to continue operations with a much smaller staff.

Protect the Adirondacks has brought on long-time environmentalist Peter Borrelli from Northville to serve as president and CEO.

But as Brian Mann reports, the group doesn't plan to hire a permanent executive director.  Go to full article
Chris Gibson. Source: campaign
Chris Gibson. Source: campaign

Retired Iraq war vet seeks to unseat Murphy

Democrat Scott Murphy is stockpiling funds to defend his 20th district seat this November. According to the Daily Politics news blog, the freshman Congressman had his best-ever fundraising quarter to start this year, raising $475,000. The blog quotes chief of staff Todd Schulte as saying Murphy has more than a million dollars on hand now.

Murphy's challenge will come from retired Army Colonel Chris Gibson. Gibson is a Republican from Kinderhook in Columbia County. He left the Army in February after doing Haiti earthquake relief with the 82nd Airbourne Division. Over his 24-year military career, Gibson fought in the first Gulf War. He also did three tours of duty in Iraq since 2003. And he participated in the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Gibson told David Sommerstein he believes the country needs new leadership, something his military background provides. He says the country is going in the wrong direction.  Go to full article

New shake-up at Protect the Adirondacks

There is another shake-up in the Adirondack Park's environmental community. Veteran activist David Gibson has been asked to step aside as head of a group called "Protect the Adirondacks." Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Preview: The Gibson Brothers in Indian Lake

The Gibson brothers will be playing a concert Friday night at the Indian Lake Theatre to celebrate the 10th anniversary of NCPR's Adirondack Bureau. This North Country group is finding itself more and more in-demand across the country, and has a brand new release, Ring the Bell, on Compass Records. A couple of weeks ago, Barb Heller talked with Eric Gibson and began by asking him about the song Iron and Diamonds, which was just nominated for an international Bluegrass Music Association song of the year award.  Go to full article

Two Adk green groups to consolidate; RCPA director stepping down

Two of the Adirondack Park's most influential environmental groups have agreed in principle to join forces. The Residents Committee and the Association say they hope to consolidate their operations by mid-summer. Meanwhile, the director of the RCPA says he's stepping down. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Two Adirondack Park big green groups consider merger

Two of the Adirondack Park's most prominent environmental groups are considering a merger or some other kind of partnership. The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks and the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks made the announcement on Monday. As Brian Mann reports, the talks were prompted in part by hard economic times that have squeezed non-profit groups.  Go to full article

Green Groups Disagree Over Tupper Lake Power Corridor

Two prominent environmental groups disagree about the best route for a new power line from St. Lawrence County to Tupper Lake.

The New York Power Authority is developing plans for the electric line, which will end power shortages and blackouts in the village. As Brian Mann reports, one group says a historic right-of-way might allow the line to cut through state forest preserve. But critics say the plan would violate the state constitution.  Go to full article

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