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Chris Gibson. Source: campaign
Chris Gibson. Source: campaign

Retired Iraq war vet seeks to unseat Murphy

Democrat Scott Murphy is stockpiling funds to defend his 20th district seat this November. According to the Daily Politics news blog, the freshman Congressman had his best-ever fundraising quarter to start this year, raising $475,000. The blog quotes chief of staff Todd Schulte as saying Murphy has more than a million dollars on hand now.

Murphy's challenge will come from retired Army Colonel Chris Gibson. Gibson is a Republican from Kinderhook in Columbia County. He left the Army in February after doing Haiti earthquake relief with the 82nd Airbourne Division. Over his 24-year military career, Gibson fought in the first Gulf War. He also did three tours of duty in Iraq since 2003. And he participated in the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Gibson told David Sommerstein he believes the country needs new leadership, something his military background provides. He says the country is going in the wrong direction.  Go to full article

Paladino says he's not a racist, but not perfect

A political Web site, WNYmedia, has released politically incorrect e-mails forwarded by Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino. The Buffalo businessman, who announced his run for the Republican nomination last week, told reporters yesterday the e-mails were private, and said their release was politically motivated. He told reporters he's not a racist, but he's not perfect, either. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Ritchie announces state senate bid

Patty Ritchie says she's running to unseat Darrel Aubertine. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Democrat Levy enters Governor race as republican

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy made it official Friday - he's switching from the Democratic Party to become a Republican and run for governor, he says, as a change agent. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh forum: Dede Scozzafava's opening statement

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Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, of Gouverneur.
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, of Gouverneur.

Scozzafava wants to bring bipartisanship to Washington

Congressman John McHugh won't be confirmed as Secretary of the Army until September at the earliest. But that hasn't stopped his hopeful successors from campaigning already. Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava had to put her campaign on hold earlier this month when her father underwent emergency bypass surgery. But he's home recovering now, and Scozzafava is back on the campaign trail. Last weekend, she hit a museum in southern St. Lawrence County, a parade in Oneida County, and a clam bake in Jefferson County. This week, she'll make appearances in Hamilton, Madison, and Oswego counties. Scozzafava is well-known in the western part of the 23rd district. But in the Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley, she lacks the name recognition of her Democratic challenger, Bill Owens. And she's facing a challenge from the right by Conservative party candidate Douglas Hoffman. Scozzafava spoke with David Sommerstein yesterday from her hometown of Gouverneur. She said many of the people she's meeting just want to get to know her.  Go to full article

In new leadership role, Sen. Little focuses on "onerous regulations"

State Senator Betty Little has been named to lead the Republican Party's Program Committee. The leadership post means she'll craft the GOP legislative approach to statewide issues. The promotion comes in the first session after Republican lawmakers lost their majority in the state Senate. Little told Brian Mann that she'll focus on what she describes as pro-business agenda.  Go to full article

Essex Republicans endorse Treadwell

Congressional candidate Sandy Treadwell picked up the endorsement of Republican supervisors in his home county on Monday. The former Secretary of State and former chairman of New York's Republican Party is trying to unseat Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Sandy Treadwell (Source:  Treadwell campaign)
Sandy Treadwell (Source: Treadwell campaign)

GOP?s Treadwell says he?s more in tune with 20th District conservatism

It's been a tough year for Republicans in New York state and around the country. The GOP could lose two more House seats in November, in western New York and on Long Island. The best chance for Republicans to win back a seat may be in the 20th district, which stretches from the Hudson Valley through the North Country to Lake Placid. The race between Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Sandy Treadwell is expected to be intense and expensive, with a price tag of at least six million dollars. Today and tomorrow we'll talk in-depth with the two candidates. We start with Sandy Treadwell, who lives in Essex County. Treadwell is a former Secretary of State and a former chairman of New York's Republican Party. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
James Moore has written two critical accounts of Rove's career
James Moore has written two critical accounts of Rove's career

Karl Rove's legacy helps shape 2008 campaign

Over the last decade, no political figure has changed the dynamic of American elections more than Karl Rove. Rove left the White House last year, after helping to engineer George Bush's dramatic rise to the presidency and serving as one of the Administration's most influential advisers. Rove's legacy has been tainted by the Valerie Plame affair, where a CIA operative's name was leaked to the press. Rove has also drawn fire from fellow Republicans, following the sharp decline in President Bush's popularity, and following the GOP's disastrous performance in the 2006 mid-term elections. Jim Moore is an author and journalist from Texas. He has co-authored two books about Rove, one called Bush's Brain and the most recent titled The Architect. Moore visited the North Country recently and spoke with Brian Mann about Rove's role in this year's political campaign.  Go to full article

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