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NYS Dem. Party Chair June O'Neill
NYS Dem. Party Chair June O'Neill

State Democrats prep for national convention: "get behind Obama and push"

The race for President continues to tighten in New York. A new Siena College poll shows Democrat Barack Obama leading Republican John McCain 47-39%, down from 50-37% in July and 51-33% in June. But state Democratic Party chair June O'Neill says it's early days yet. She agrees with what pollster Steven Greenberg said as he released the numbers yesterday: "Certainly the dynamic in the race will change with the two conventions." Not to mention the selections of vice presidential running mates. The Democratic National Convention is next week. New York's junior senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, will have her name placed in nomination at the convention. She'll get a roll call vote. She'll also have a major speaking role at the convention, as will her husband, former President Bill Clinton. That after a bitter, and bitterly disappointing, primary campaign against Barack Obama. New York will send 281 voting delegates to the convention. Alternates bring that number up to 320; with families and friends, the total New York contingent is in the 650 range. That's the count from June O'Neill. As state chair, her role is part party whip, part travel agent. Martha Foley spoke with her during a lull, in her backyard in Morley, a rural hamlet on the edge of Canton.  Go to full article

President's farm budget includes dairy cuts

As part of an effort to reign in farm subsidies, President Bush's executive budget includes cuts to a program that helps dairy farmers when the milk price falls. It would also end payments for the nation's weathiest farmers. As David Sommerstein reports, the cuts come as Congress prepares to wrangle over a new farm bill this year.  Go to full article

Seaway nominee supports transparency

President Bush has nominated a New York City attorney and political ally of Governor Pataki to sit on the board that oversees the St. Lawrence Seaway. As David Sommerstein reports, Charles "Trip" Dorkey has vowed to bring more transparency to issues facing the waterway.  Go to full article

Spitzer, Clinton maintain leads

One day before the only scheduled debate between Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Eliot Spitzer and his challenger Tom Suozzi, a new poll shows Spitzer leads the race by nearly 70 points. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Clinton Hails E-Commerce Project in Potsdam

Senator Hillary Clinton returned to the North Country this weekend. It was a rescheduled visit after plans last month were canceled when former President Bill Clinton had to undergo bypass surgery. Senator Clinton energized party faithful at the annual dinner of the St. Lawrence County Democratic Party Saturday night. During the day she visited Clarkson University in Potsdam, where she announced the expansion of an e-commerce program that helps local businesses market their products online. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clinton and Spitzer Call for Hearings on Bush Mercury Plan

45 US Senators, including seven Republicans, and nine Attorneys General asked President Bush last week to withdraw his proposal to regulate mercury emissions from power plants. Hillary Clinton and Elliot Spitzer are now calling for hearings to examine how the Bush Administration developed its proposal, which critics say is not protective of public health. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

AmeriCorps Supporters Await Crucial Funding Decision

Supporters of AmeriCorps are waiting to hear whether the volunteer program will get the funding it needs to continue next year.The money is crucial, according to Senator Hillary Clinton, because without it, New York stands to lose hundreds of AmeriCorps volunteers. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Northeast Dairy Compact Nearer to Restoration

Milk price protections for dairy farmers inched closer to reality this week. The Senate voted in favor of keeping a $2 billion dairy plan in the government's five-year farm bill. The program would pay Northeast farmers when the price of milk drops below set levels. Senator Hillary Clinton says there are three objectives of the bill--the first is a strong safety net for dairy farmers until a compact is put back in place.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton Visits JCC

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton made a pair of appearances in upstate New York yesterday to outline her economic development plan and to reinforce her campaign commitments to revitalize the upstate economy. Senator Clinton spoke at events in Rome and at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, where she pledged to promote the North Country as a great place for businesses to locate and expand. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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