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DeDe Scozzafava. She's in.
DeDe Scozzafava. She's in.

Race for 23rd Congressional district takes shape

John McHugh is still Congressman in Washington. His confirmation hearings to become Secretary of the Army haven't even been scheduled yet. But the race to replace him is already running fast and furious. On Wednesday, Republican leaders in the 23rd district anointed Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava to be their candidate. And last night, Senate Senator Darrel Aubertine announced he would not run for the Democrats. There have been robocalls, attack ads, national attention, but still no election scheduled yet. David Sommerstein's been following it all and joins Martha Foley for an update.  Go to full article
Glens Falls Democrat Scott Murphy voted Yes
Glens Falls Democrat Scott Murphy voted Yes

Murphy, McHugh vote Yes on climate change bill; Arcuri votes No

The North Country's Congressional delegation was at the center of the debate over historic climate change legislation. A bill that would cap carbon emissions and create a trading system for pollution credits passed the House by a narrow margin on Friday. As Brian Mann reports, Republican John McHugh and Democrat Scott Murphy both voted in favor of the controversial bill.  Go to full article

McHugh won't return campaign cash, for now

Congressman John McHugh is awaiting confirmation as the next Secretary of the Army. With the heightened profile comes greater scrutiny. A government watchdog group is questioning a campaign contribution McHugh received from a lobbying firm under investigation by the FBI. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

GOP field filling up for McHugh's seat; Griffo opts out

The field of candidates to replace John McHugh in Congress is developing. Yesterday State Senator Joe Griffo announced he would not seek the seat. Fellow politicians Dede Scozzafava, Will Barclay, and Darrel Aubertine haven't ruled themselves out. But a Franklin County legislator and two area businessmen say they're in. David Sommerstein has this update.  Go to full article

Could gay marriage scotch Scozzafava run for House seat?

Politicians are jockeying for position in the race to replace John McHugh. The North Country congressman has been appointed to serve as Secretary of the Army. As Brian Mann, reports, one issue shaping the race could be same-sex marriage.  Go to full article

Bridge still closed, McHugh urges resolution of Canada-Mohawk stand-off

The international bridge between Massena and Cornwall, Ontario remains closed today. And the stand-off between Akwesasne Mohawks and the Canadian government continues. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
John McHugh during a trip to Iraq (File photo)
John McHugh during a trip to Iraq (File photo)

McHugh's moderate path to the Obama Administration

During his years on the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. John McHugh has wrestled with plenty of thorny issues, from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Abu Ghraib. He's viewed as a moderate Republican, willing to tangle with leaders of both parties. As Army Secretary, he will also have to help sort out a controversial ban on open homosexuals serving in the military. Brian Mann has this political profile.  Go to full article
Rep. McHugh with President Obama on Tuesday at the White House
Rep. McHugh with President Obama on Tuesday at the White House

McHugh supported Bush on conduct of Iraq War, and raised questions

Congressman John McHugh will need Senate approval before taking over as Secretary of the Army. The North Country Republican has been a passionate supporter of the military during his nine terms in Washington. As Brian Mann reports, McHugh has taken nuanced -- and sometimes conflicted -- positions on defense policy.  Go to full article

BREAKING: Obama taps McHugh for secretary of the army

President Barack Obama has chosen Republican congressman John McHugh to be the new secretary of the army, adding to the ranks of opposition party figures in his administration. Obama said that McHugh, who has represented northern New York -- including Ft. Drum -- since 1993, is committed to keeping America's army "the best trained, the best equipped, the best land force the world has ever seen."

The president said that in his new job, McHugh will make sure the country's troops can handle the new kinds of combat in the 21st century, including non-conventional warfare. McHugh has been a key member of the House Armed Services Committee. Obama said that as secretary, McHugh also will understand the needs of America's servicemen and women.

There's immediate speculation about who might replace McHugh in Congress if he's confirmed as secretary of the Army. The 23rd CD is rural and heavily Republican. McHugh's replacement in Congress will likely be decided by a special election. NCPR will have more on this story during All Before Five.  Go to full article

McHugh addresses milk prices in Canton

North County Congressman John McHugh fielded a range of issues at town hall meetings yesterday in Ogdensburg and Canton. He listened to border concerns and worries over a wind project in Hammond. There was also some talk of new economic potential in Massena and Newton Falls. A group of farmers came for help with near-record low milk prices. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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