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Doug Hoffman (File photo)
Doug Hoffman (File photo)

Hoffman campaigns in Port Henry, where GOP is divided

The UNYTEA tea party group held a meeting last night in Port Henry to support Doug Hoffman, one of the two Republicans in this year's 23rd district primary race.

Hoffman faces fellow-Republican Matt Doheny, who has won support from most Republican leaders in the district.

As Brian Mann reports, this contest within the GOP may be building toward a divided ticket in the fall.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens
Rep. Bill Owens

Owens pushes guest worker program

Congressman Bill Owens says he supports a guest worker program for farms. And he thinks it should be separated from the broader debate over immigration. The Democrat from Plattsburgh toured North Country farms last week, hearing from farmers that the federal government's H2A work visa program is slow and bureaucratic. Dairy farmers, who need year-round workers, not seasonal ones, can't even use the program. Owens believes the Ag Jobs bill needs to be separated from more contentious issues, like Arizona's immigration law and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. As a part of our series, Story 2.0, we'll hear from Malone vegetable farmer Ralph Child about why the H2A program is a hassle.  Go to full article
Republican candidate is hoping that a local, bread-and-butter message will win Republican Support.  (Photo: Doheny campaign)
Republican candidate is hoping that a local, bread-and-butter message will win Republican Support. (Photo: Doheny campaign)

Republican Matt Doheny hopes to win with local issues in the NY-23 primary

This summer, we're checking in with the candidates vying for seats in congress, asking about the issues that are shaping their campaigns. One of the fiercest contests is the Republican primary for the 23rd district, which stretches from Watertown to Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake.

Doug Hoffman is a favorite of tea party activists and national conservative groups. But Matt Doheny has drawn widespread support from the North Country's Republican Party. Brian Mann caught up with Doheny campaigning in Willsboro and has our story.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) hopes the Federal stimulus policy will boost his re-election chances.  (File photos)
Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) hopes the Federal stimulus policy will boost his re-election chances. (File photos)

Seeking a second term, Democrat Bill Owens defends the Federal stimulus

Since 2006, Democrats have captured all three House seats that represent the North Country.

Those seats had been safe Republican strongholds, and their loss helped push New York's GOP to the brink.

But this year, Republicans are pushing back hard, hoping to capitalize on public dissatisfaction with the sour economy and growing Federal deficits.

Bill Owens from Plattsburgh, Scott Murphy from Glens Falls and Mike Arcuri from Utica all face stiff, well-funded challenges.

In the coming weeks, we'll air a series of stories looking at all the candidates and at the issues that will shape the November election.

This morning, Brian Mann reports on Bill Owens. As part of his bid for a second term, Owens has embraced President Barack Obama's Federal stimulus plan.  Go to full article
At tea party event, Doug Hoffman meets with activists Frank and Lynn McKinney (Photo: Brian Mann)
At tea party event, Doug Hoffman meets with activists Frank and Lynn McKinney (Photo: Brian Mann)

NY-23: Tea Party backs Hoffman; Republican Party backs Doheny

The North Country's strongest tea party organization, known as UNYTEA, has endorsed Conservative-Republican Doug Hoffman in the 23rd district congressional race. The announcement came yesterday at press conferences in Plattsburgh and Watertown.

A growing number of Republican leaders, meanwhile, are backing Watertown businessman Matt Doheny. Some conservatives worry that this growing rift between the Republican Party and tea party activists could benefit Democratic congressman Bill Owens in the fall.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) says "war bond" style program could cut deficits (File photo)
Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) says "war bond" style program could cut deficits (File photo)

Owens: "war bond" style savings campaign needed to cut national debt

The Federal debt in the United States is close to $13 trillion. Now North Country congressman Bill Owens is proposing new legislation that he says would declare a "war" on Federal deficits. As Brian Mann reports, Owens says the first step is to try to bring more of that debt home.  Go to full article
Cong. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh_ speaks to children at St. Mary's school in Canton.
Cong. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh_ speaks to children at St. Mary's school in Canton.

Owens sells health care as campaign ramps up

It's Easter recess for Congress. That means lawmakers are criss-crossing their districts, making their case to constituents that their vote on health care was the right one. For freshman Congressman Bill Owens, that was a "yes" vote.

The Democrat from Plattsburgh will face a rematch this November against Conservative Douglas Hoffman. Alexandria Bay native Matt Doheny and Franklin County legislator Paul Maroun are seeking the Republican nomination along with Hoffman.

Owens made his case for the health care reform package on the western side of the 23rd district yesterday. He visited Croghan's meat market and met with agricultural leaders in Lewis County and Boonville. In the morning, he spoke to classroom full of third through sixth graders at St. Mary's catholic school in Canton. He shook hands with teachers and some parents.

Afterwards, he told David Sommerstein he's reminding residents of the district that some provisions in the health care bill kick in later this year, things like family insurance for children up to 26 years of age, limits on lifetime expenses, and protections for people with pre-existing conditions.  Go to full article
Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) (File photo)
Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) (File photo)

Murphy, Owens vote Yes on healthcare; Arcuri votes No

There were competing health care rallies in Plattsburgh over the weekend, aimed at swaying Democratic congressman Bill Owens. But in the end Owens and Glens Falls Democrat Scott Murphy voted in favor of the fiercely debated overhaul plan approved last night. As Brian Mann reports, their decision to support President Obama's health care bill is already drawing praise and criticism.  Go to full article
Mark Barie heads UNYTEA
Mark Barie heads UNYTEA

North Country Tea Party leader urges "No" vote on health bill

Two North Country Democrats - Scott Murphy from Glens Falls and Bill Owens from Plattsburgh - are seen as pivotal figures in this weekend's health care vote. Their Yes or No vote could decide the fate of the bill being now pushed by President Barack Obama. A final decision could come as early as Sunday. Both lawmakers face intense pressure from all sides of this debate. On Saturday afternoon, Plattsburgh's tea party chapter plans to rally outside the office of Representative Owens. Mark Barie heads the group called UNYTEA - the Upstate New York Tea Party. Barie spoke last night with Brian Mann about his opposition to the Democratic plan.  Go to full article

Hoffman says he?ll move to live inside the 23rd district

On Tuesday, Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman officially announced that he's running against Representative Bill Owens for the 23rd Congressional District seat. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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