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The GOP's elephant mascot at Friday's convention
The GOP's elephant mascot at Friday's convention

GOP Senate candidate Turner will go at Gillibrand "full blast"

Three candidates will be on the ballot in the Republican primary race for the US Senate seat now held by Kirsten Gillibrand.

New York City Attorney Wendy Long received the most votes in Friday's Republican convention in Rochester, with around 47%. Long, a New York City attorney, says she has many similarities with Gillibrand, both are working mothers who graduated from Dartmouth College. But Long says her political philosophy is "1980s Ronald Reagan conservative." She calls Gillibrand the "number one most-liberal" Senator in the US Senate.

Long was followed by Congressman Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, they both received just over the 25% required to avoid seeking petitions. Of the three, Turner is the most recent entry into the race.  Go to full article
The Senate Republicans again and again stifled debate and turned democracy into a game.

Senate Dems walk out over redistricting

Seven casinos, a cut in one of the biggest government costs facing taxpayers, more convictions of career criminals and a far more promising outlook for Republicans are results of the wheeling and dealing that ended early yesterday morning in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is declaring victory.

His Republican allies in the Senate, who faced oblivion just two years ago, scored major wins to give the party a powerful, longer life in the increasingly blue state.

The all-night session of the legislature left bitter feelings between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, after Democrats stormed out in protest over the middle of the night redistricting vote. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Cuomo-GOP alliance benefits both

There was a bit of a love fest last month in Potsdam, as State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury, introduced Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Democrat. Good things are happening in Albany, the senator indicated, because of the Cuomo's leadership over the first six months of his term.

As Albany reporter Karen DeWitt reports, the Democratic governor and Senate Republicans have a mutual interest in keeping their alliance strong.  Go to full article

Minority Dems protest Senate rule changes

Democrats in the New York State Senate are smarting over rules changes proposed by Republicans they say would "gut" the powers of Democratic Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.

They are calling on GOP Senators to change their minds when the proposal comes up for a vote again next week. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
The Republican members of the Senate represent upstate more than the Democrat members doand I think this will bring more balance.

GOP resurgence could boost North Country clout in Albany

When New York's legislature convenes next session, Republicans will once again hold a razor-thin majority in the state Senate. That could give the North Country more influence at the capitol. All three North Country senators, Joe Griffo, Patty Ritchie, and Betty Little, are Republicans.

The stronger North Country voice comes as important decisions are being made, decisions that will have deep impact in the region: funding for healthcare and schools and the future of state facilities like prions and Sunmount.
Martha Foley spoke with Brian Mann about the coming shift in power.  Go to full article

Conservative-Republican feud reaches "watershed moment" in 23rd CD race

There was an unexpected face among Democrat Andrew Cuomo's entourage yesterday in Lowville: Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. She says she's supporting Cuomo's bid for governor because he's got the best chance of reforming Albany. Scozzafava made headlines in last fall's bitter special election for the 23rd Congressional District seat, which had been held by Republicans for over a century. Democrat Bill Owens went on to win that race over Conservative Doug Hoffman.

Owens is defending the seat this fall. Once again, there's a divisive battle shaping up within the Republican Party, as Hoffman challenges the party local leadership on their choice of Jefferson County businessman Matt Doheny. Brian Mann has more.  Go to full article

Republicans help Democrats avoid NYS gov shutdown

If there's no state budget in place next week, New Yorkers can expect another showdown over an emergency spending bill.

Last night the Legislature averted an unprecedented shutdown of state government by approving another of the budget extenders that have kept government operating since the new fiscal year began April 1. Lawmakers will have to vote on another emergency extender next week if there's no agreement on a comprehensive state budget by then.

Last night's key vote came in the Senate. The Democrat-led chamber approved Gov. David Paterson's latest budget extension, which included human services cuts. But the majority needed help from the Republican minority to do it. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Budget talks devolve, threatening government shut down

Lawmakers in Albany are raising the scenario of a government shut down next week if they do not iron out their differences over the late state budget. As Karen DeWitt reports, Democrats and Republicans are already pointing fingers over who might be to blame, if the government stops running.  Go to full article

Behind the scenes at the GOP convention

Media coverage of a political party's convention announces nominations, reveals floor fights and arguments, and details balloting and speech-making.
But conventions are also a gathering of the faithful -- people who make the wheels turn, and who love the give and take of the political process. People we don't always meet.
WSHU's Charles Lane was at the Republican Party convention in Manhattan this week. He covered the news and the nominations, but he also captured some of the behind-the-scenes action in this audio postcard. (See the video in The Inbox.)  Go to full article

Fragmented GOP wraps up convention today

Republican conventioneers will end their nominating convention in Manhattan today by considering who'll run against incumbent democratic U.S. Sena. Kirsten Gillibrand. There are three contenders, and a primary is likely.
It'll be just the latest disagreement in a series of disoutes at the convention. A skirmish for the gubernatorial nod ended yesterday with former Congressman Rick Lazio's nomination. He overcame a challenge from fellow Long Islander Steve Levy, a conservative Democrat backed by the GOP state chairman, Ed Cox.
Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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