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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

Polls and politics: the 2010 election shapes up in New York and the North Country

Politics is in our news today. A day after Gov. David Paterson wrapped up an upstate tour to launch his election campaign, a Siena College poll showed Republican Rick Lazio pulling ahead of the Paterson in the race for governor. It also showed Lazio making making small gains against potential Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo.

It looks like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is fighting off a potential primary challenge from former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr.. The Siena poll reported Gillibrand with the support of 42 percent of Democrats, 16 percent for Ford. The former Tennessee congressman is expected to announce soon whether he'll challenge Gillibrand. Looking at a potential general election matchup, former Republican Gov. George Pataki outpolls both Gillibrand and Ford. Pataki has not indicated he will run.
(The poll surveyed 805 registered voters from last Sunday through Friday. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.)

Meanwhile -- the North Country's two representatives in the House will defend the seats they won just last year in special elections.
Brian Mann is Adirondack bureau chief and helps keep an eye on politics for North Country Public Radio and our blog the In-Box. He joined Martha Foley this morning for a look at New York's complicated political picture.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) (Source:  File photo)
Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) (Source: File photo)

Rep. Owens says healthcare reform should come in small pieces

Healthcare reform is back in the headlines. President Barack Obama plans to unveil his own legislation today. He's called for a bipartisan summit with lawmakers in Congress, scheduled for Thursday. At a meeting on Friday at Paul Smiths College, Representative Bill Owens - a Democrat from Plattsburgh - called for the reform effort to be broken down into smaller pieces. Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article

Owens supports gays in military; wants more jobs legislation

Hearings are underway in Washington on ending the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the military. President Obama sent his top military leaders to the House Armed Services committee this week, after pledging to end the policy in his State of the Union address last month. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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