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Sweeney-Gillibrand race heats up

The 20th Congressional district race continues to intensify with national politicians and activist groups on both sides weighing in. As Brian Mann reports, Congressman John Sweeney has also drawn a key local endorsement.  Go to full article
Actor David Strathairn reprises movie role as newsman Murrow in Gillibrand ad attacking Sweeney
Actor David Strathairn reprises movie role as newsman Murrow in Gillibrand ad attacking Sweeney

"Murrow" cast in Gillibrand attack ad

The tone of the 20th Congressional District campaign intensified yesterday. Kirsten Gillibrand posted a controversial attack ad on her campaign website, comparing Republican John Sweeney to Joseph MCarthy. McCarthy led the infamous House Unamerican Activites hearings in the 50s. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Gillibrand narrows gap with Sweeney?

Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand says she's closed the gap with Republican congressman John Sweeney. A pollster hired by Gillibrand's campaign says she lags by only 8 percent. That's much closer than an independent poll conducted by Siena College late last month. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article

GOP's Sweeney leads House race

A new poll taken by Siena College shows Republican John Sweeney leading the 20th congressional district race by wide margins. With two months before the November election, Sweeney holds a 19-point advantage over Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

New York Republicans face hard times

Republicans in New York state face a difficult election year and an uncertain future. Governor George Pataki is leaving office and is likely to be replaced by the state's Democratic Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer. Republican candidates are lagging in every major statewide election. Democrats are also mounting serious challenges in upstate congressional districts that have long been safe GOP strongholds. Today and tomorrow, we'll be looking at the Republican Party's struggles here in New York state. This morning, Brian Mann talks with Fred LeBrun, a veteran political columnist with the Albany Times-Union.  Go to full article

Gillibrand wins AFL-CIO backing

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand has won the endorsement of New York's branch of the AFL-CIO. Gillibrand is hoping to unseat Republican Congressman John Sweeney. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Teachers union backs Gillibrand

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand drew support yesterday from eleven union organizations. Gillibrand is challenging Republican John Sweeney in the 20th Congressional District. As Brian Mann reports, one of the unions backing Gillibrand is the New York State United Teachers with more than half a million members statewide.  Go to full article
Congressman Sweeney working the parade in Schuylerville
Congressman Sweeney working the parade in Schuylerville

GOP's Sweeney swims hard in shifting currents

Congressman John Sweeney represents much of the North Country. The Republican has won re-election easily in the past, but this year faces a surprisingly stiff challenge from Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Sweeney stumbled earlier in the spring, plagued by health concerns, ethics questions, and by a flap over his appearance at a frat party. But as Brian Mann reports, Sweeney is campaigning hard and hopes to focus voters attention on the federal tax money that he's won for his district.  Go to full article

Gillibrand takes Dem message to North Country

Political observers say this could be a tough election year for Republicans. President Bush's sagging popularity, the war in Iraq, and scandals in Washington have left some GOP incumbents vulnerable. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand hopes the national mood will boost her chances against incumbent John Sweeney. Gillibrand is in the middle of a swing through the North Country this week. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

ORDA hearings resume in Albany

Yesterday's announcement in Lake Placid came at a time when Assembly Democrats are scrutinizing the management of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. A hearing is scheduled to resume this afternoon into the appropriateness of a gathering, Congressional Challenge, held last winter, and co-hosted by Republican Congressman John Sweeney, ORDA, and the New York Power Authority. As Brian Mann reports, top Republicans, including Governor Pataki, say the gathering was ethical.  Go to full article

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