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Summer campaign season kicks into gear

The July Fourth holiday traditionally marks the start of the run-up to the big major party conventions and the real presidential campaign. But doesn't it seem like there's been politics and campaign news just forever this year? Partly it's been primary races that wound down through John Edwards and Mitt Romney, and then the prolonged duel of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And New York has made its own share of political headlines: the disgrace of former Governor Spitzer, a bitter special election to fill a North Country senate seat, the recent resignation of longtime Republican leader Joseph Bruno and the extra pressure that puts on the GOP to maintain its Senate majority. Martha Foley, David Sommerstein and Brian Mann sort through some of the state and regional highlights starting with the GOP's struggles in New York.  Go to full article
Former Senator Raymond Meier
Former Senator Raymond Meier

Meier to chair state GOP?

Former North Country Senator Ray Meier met with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over the state of New York's Republican Party. The New York Post reported last week that Bloomberg is urging Meier to take over leadership of the state party. The GOP's current leader in New York, Joseph Mondello, has faced growing criticism over his party's performance. But Meier says Mondello's term runs through September 2009, and he has no plans to oppose that. Meier's Senate district included Lewis and part of St. Lawrence County. He lost his seat in 2006 after running unsuccessfully for Congress. Meier told David Sommerstein today he and Mayor Bloomberg were talking about the Republican Party's future in New York.  Go to full article

NY picks for Congress: some old, some new

Democrats picked up another New York district considered solidly Republican. Oneida County District Attorney Mike Arcuri tallied a solid margin against Republican state Senator Ray Meier in the 24th. With 83 percent of the vote counted last night, Arcuri had 53 percent of the vote. The Watertown Times reports this morning that the district hasn't sent a Democrat to Washington in 60 years. Longtime moderate Sherwood Boehlert retierd from the seat this year. Musician-politician John Hall defeated 12-year Republican Sue Kelly in the 19th Congressional District. Hall wrote the 70s pop hits "Still the One" and "Dance with Me." In the 26th District, Republican Representative Tom Reynolds held onto his seat after becoming ensnared in the congressional page scandal. Freshman Republican Randy Kuhl beat Navy veteran and anti-Iraq war candidate Eric Massa in the conservative rural 29th District.  Go to full article

Griffo, Julian face off for 47th Senate District

Two Republicans are vying for their party's support to replace departing State Senator Ray Meier for the 47th District. Joseph Griffo faces off against Timothy Julian in tomorrow's primary. The race pits a well-endorsed political veteran against a relative newcomer. Gregory Warner reports. The Democratic primary for the 47th State Senate district also features two Utica-area candidates. Attorney Leon Koziol is a former Utica city councilman. John Murad is a retired state Supreme Court Judge. Koziol has the endorsements of Democratic Commitees in Oneida and St. Lawrence County. He'll also appear on the Working Families party line. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Koziol has called the North Country "the neglected part of the district". He's pushing for better health care for farmers. And he wants the New York Power Authority to transfer to private hands more land along the St. Lawrence River. Murad will only appear on the Democratic line. He's called for reform in Albany, including an overhaul of New York's workers' compensation system. Murad also wants to boost funding for tourism in Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.  Go to full article
NYS Sen. Ray Meier
NYS Sen. Ray Meier

Meier, Arcuri deadlocked in key US House race

Republican state Senator Ray Meier, who represents much of the North Country, is locked in a tight race for US Congress. Meier faces Democrat Mike Arcuri, Oneida County's district attorney. Both men hope to replace moderate Republican Sherwood Boehlert, who is retiring from the sprawling 24th congressional district, which includes Herkimer County and Old Forge. This race comes in a year when national Democrats hope to reclaim control of the House of Representatives. Brian Mann has been covering the race. He was on the road last night in Utica where Arcuri and Meier spoke at a forum hosted by local veterans. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Clinton Raises Money To Beat Meier

U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is throwing her financial clout behind the Democrat, Michael Arcuri, who hopes to beat Republican Ray Meier. Meier is currently a state Senator representing much of the North Country in Albany. He hopes to replace outgoing Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, who is stepping down after 24 years. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Meier Seeks National Role

State Senator Raymond Meier hopes to be in Washington, DC this time next year. Meier announced his candidacy for Congress Monday. He wants the Republican nomination for the central and southern tier seat long held by Sherwood Boehlert. Boehlert announced last Friday that he wouldn't seek re-election this year. That opens the field to Meier, to another Republican, Seneca Falls Mayor Brad Jones, and to four Democrats who've expressed interest in the seat. It's not the first indication Meier has been thinking about moving beyond his state Senate job. Last summer, his name was mentioned as a possible successor to fellow Republican Governor George Pataki. Meier said the disadvantages an upstate candidate for governor would face in money and name recognition are discouraging. But he told Martha Foley his decision to run for Congress goes beyond practical politics.  Go to full article

Moderate Boehlert Not Seeking Another Term

North Country Congressman Sherwood Boehlert announced Friday that he won't run again. The Republican from Oneida County served in Washington for more than 24 years. He proudly describes himself as "a moderate". This change could bring a major shake-up in the region's Republican Party. State Senator Ray Meier has been mentioned as a possible replacement. This move also offers Democrats a chance to pick off a traditionally Republican district. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about Boehlert's resignation.  Go to full article

Meier Pushes Revenue Cap

Most of the state budget negotiations center on how much money lawmakers want to put back into programs cut by the governor. But state Senator Ray Meier and a colleague propose a different approach -- limiting the revenue side. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Meier Considers Run for Governor

Since Governor Pataki announced two weeks ago that he won't seek a forth term next year, several names have emerged as possible Republican candidates. Yesterday, Senator Raymond Meier of the 47th district announced he was considering a run. Senator Meier has been in the Senate for 9 years.  Go to full article

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