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US Rep. Bill Owens.
US Rep. Bill Owens.

North Country House delegation votes yes on"fiscal cliff" deal

North Country congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, voted in favor of a zero-hour spending bill late last night that averted the so-called "fiscal cliff".

Owens was joined by Republicans Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna, who also currently represent parts of the North Country.

They helped lift the measure past opposition from conservative Republicans. The bill passed on a vote of 257 to 167.

The controversial bipartisan deal came just in time to spare the country broad tax hikes and deep cuts to Federal spending, which Owens called "dangerous."  Go to full article
Photo of the Day archive: Whit Haynes
Photo of the Day archive: Whit Haynes

Owens a reluctant "yes" on Farm Bill extension

Tucked into the fiscal package passed by Congress last night is a nine-month extension of the farm bill. The massive five-year farm bill expired last fall when the House wouldn't vote on a new version passed by the Senate.

This extension includes a safety net for dairy farmers. But it axes many popular programs.  Go to full article
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant

USDA revises school lunch rules

The federal government is easing its new rules for school lunches. In a letter to members of Congress Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA would remove calorie limits on grains and meats in schools.

At the same time, Vilsack defended the program put in place last fall. He wrote it's ensuring twice the amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches, and a "substantial" increase in the use of whole grains.  Go to full article
Bob Andrews feeds the heifers in his barn in Fowler. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Bob Andrews feeds the heifers in his barn in Fowler. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Dairy farmers fear own "fiscal cliff"

One big item caught up in gridlock created by the current budget debate, with its "fiscal cliff" threat, is the federal farm bill.

Most farmers are still covered by crop insurance and other programs until next planting season, but that's not true of dairy.

Dairy farmers now have no safety net if milk prices fall. And with feed prices soaring, many feel they're falling off a cliff of their own.  Go to full article
Ray Scollin, left, and his son Matt, seen here at the Blue Moon Cafe in Saranac Lake on Saturday, worked for different sides during the election, but they say the experience brought them closer together. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Ray Scollin, left, and his son Matt, seen here at the Blue Moon Cafe in Saranac Lake on Saturday, worked for different sides during the election, but they say the experience brought them closer together. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

For Ray and Matt Scollin, politics is all in the family

If lawmakers in Washington need a lesson in bipartisanship, they might consider consulting with Ray and Matt Scollin, a father and son from Saranac Lake who worked for opposing political parties throughout the recent election.

The Scollins said the experience of working for different campaigns was a challenging one, but when the dust settled they both felt it was rewarding.  Go to full article

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Voter leaving Dekalb Town Hall on Election Day. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Voter leaving Dekalb Town Hall on Election Day. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Voter voxpop: Moments around St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County saw strong voter turn out on Tuesday. Reporter Natasha Haverty captured some audio portraits of the North Country.  Go to full article
Owens making his victory speech just after midnight Wednesday morning. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Owens making his victory speech just after midnight Wednesday morning. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Owens wins NY21 after tough race

Democrat Bill Owens survived one of the most costly and bitter political campaigns in North Country history Tuesday night.

The Plattsburgh congressman traded blows through the summer with Matt Doheny, a Watertown investment banker.

Doheny promised to return the region's House district to Republican hands in 2010 and again in 2012.

But once again Tuesday night, Owens prevailed -- this time holding the seat by at least 4,000 votes.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny thanks supporters Tuesday night. Photo: David Sommerstein
Matt Doheny thanks supporters Tuesday night. Photo: David Sommerstein

NY21: Doheny hustle falls short

Jefferson County businessman Matt Doheny lost a second straight close election to Democratic Congressman Bill Owens. With the race neck and neck most of the night, Owens took a 4,000 vote lead late.  Go to full article
Owens supporters and staff reacting to hearing Bill Owens announce that Matt Doheney had just called him to concede the election. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Owens supporters and staff reacting to hearing Bill Owens announce that Matt Doheney had just called him to concede the election. Photo: Mark Kurtz

NY21: What does Owens' win say about the district?

Brian Mann has reported and blogged throughout the 21st District congressional race. He joined Martha Foley on the line Wednesday morning, after a long night, to talk about what Owens' win Tuesday night says about the electorate.  Go to full article

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