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Doug Hoffman listens to a dairy farmer discuss his concerns.
Doug Hoffman listens to a dairy farmer discuss his concerns.

Hoffman counting on grassroots push in NY-23 primary

Republican candidates for the 23rd Congressional district seat are making late summer pushes toward a September primary. Alexandria Bay businessman Matt Doheny has shored up support from the GOP establishment. All of the party's county chairs have endorsed him. Tea Party insurgent Doug Hoffman says he relishes the outsider status, just as he did in last year's special election that brought him to within a few percentage points of Democrat and Congressman Bill Owens. Hoffman trails Doheny significantly in fundraising. Lacking the get-out-the-vote infrastructure of a major party, Hoffman will need a big grassroots push to win. As David Sommerstein reports, whether he gets it is the central question of his campaign.  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

UNYTEA preps for fall campaign

A North Country spin-off of the national Tea Party movement is mobilizing to work on behalf of Doug Hoffman, who's making a repeat run for the 23rd Congressional District seat in this fall's election. Hoffman is running as a Conservative but hopes to force a primary against Watertown businessman Matt Doheny for the Republican nomination.

UNYTEA's founder, Mark Barie, says the group is ready to help. Martha Foley reports.  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
Robert Bastille rallies with the Tea Party in Canton.
Robert Bastille rallies with the Tea Party in Canton.

Tea party rallies on tax day

For the second year in a row, Tea Party activists across the country used "Tax Day" as a rallying point for protests against government spending and taxation. About 60 sign-waving people held a lunchtime protest in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vermont. A group gathered last night in Plattsburgh, where gubernatorial candidate and Suffolk County executive Steve Levy was a featured speaker. Some 40 people waved flags and homemade signs to passing cars on Canton's main intersection. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Carl Paladino
Carl Paladino

Paladino in for governor, promises shake up in Albany

The field in the race for governor of New York State grew yesterday. Western New York businessman Carl Paladino is the latest in a group of Republicans promising to shake up Albany. He's talking about creating a "tea party" line on the November ballot. Paladino says he'll start by filing petitions to win a place on the GOP primary ballot. He made his announcement in Buffalo yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  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
Mark Barie (Source:  SUNY Plattsburgh)
Mark Barie (Source: SUNY Plattsburgh)

At North Country tea parties, sounding the alarm over big government

Through the summer, the conservative "tea party" movement gained momentum across the country. Activist groups protested against what they view as a bloated Federal government. They also sparked controversy with fierce rhetoric opposing the policies of President Barack Obama. Here in the North Country, Plattsburgh businessman Mark Barie has helped to organize a group called "UNYTEA". It stands for The Upstate New York Tea Party. He spoke about the project with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

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