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Common Cause NY's Susan Lerner (at right) has been talking up a new set of political boundaries for the Empire state (Photo:  Common Cause NY)
Common Cause NY's Susan Lerner (at right) has been talking up a new set of political boundaries for the Empire state (Photo: Common Cause NY)

Reform group wants big shake up for North Country political map

An influential government reform group has drawn up new maps for political boundaries in New York state that would have dramatic impacts here in the North Country.

Common Cause of New York says its redistricting plan would be fairer and more logical than the maps drawn up in the past by politicians. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?

Ogdensburg shoppers weigh in on same sex marriage

This week, it's been all about same sex marriage in Albany. Supporters, led by Governor Cuomo, have been lobbying hard for a vote in the State Senate. Now they're one vote shy of passage.

According to a Siena College poll this week, 55% of New Yorkers support legalizing same sex marriage. Sarah Harris chatted with shoppers in Ogdensburg to get their opinions.  Go to full article
Doug Hoffman (File photo)
Doug Hoffman (File photo)

Hoffman makes NY23 a 3-way race

Yesterday was a dramatic day in North Country politics. Republican Matt Doheny finally claimed victory in the GOP primary. But a short time later, his opponent Doug Hoffman announced that he will continue his run for the 23rd district House seat as a 3rd-party conservative.

That decision will make it much harder for the GOP to retake a House seat that was once considered safe Republican territory. Brian Mann spoke with Hoffman.  Go to full article
Mark Barie (File photo)
Mark Barie (File photo)

Tea Party leader doubts Hoffman's chances

Another big player in this year's campaign is Mark Barie, organizer of the UNYTEA tea party group in Plattsburgh.

Barie has been a staunch supporter of Doug Hoffman and once described him as the only true conservative running in the NY-23 race. But Barie said yesterday that he is dismayed by Hoffman's decision to stay in the race, despite losing the GOP primary. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Siena Research Institute's polls offer a much clearer snapshot of the NY-20 and NY-24 races.
Siena Research Institute's polls offer a much clearer snapshot of the NY-20 and NY-24 races.

Siena: Gibson, Hanna struggling in House races

Exactly six weeks remain until election day. Here in northern New York, Republicans are pushing hard to unseat three sitting Democrats, congressmen Mike Arcuri, Scott Murphy, and Bill Owens. These races could help decide which party holds a majority in the House of Representatives.

But new polls published over the last few days by the Siena Research Institute show that in two of these races the Republican candidates are struggling to catch up.

Brian Mann spoke in-depth with Siena pollster Steven Greenberg, who says Republicans Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna need to lock down the loyalty of GOP voters. "It is key for both of the Republican candidates...to bring the base back home," Greenberg says.

He calls the 24th district House race "incredibly competitive," but says the 20th district race will be more of a struggle for Gibson. "I think the 20th definitely has the potential to be a competitive race," he adds.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny addresses supporters. Photo: Mike Benjamin, WRVO
Matt Doheny addresses supporters. Photo: Mike Benjamin, WRVO

NY-23: Doheny leads, no Hoffman concession

Last night, Watertown Republican Matt Doheny asserted victory following a see-saw political battle that went on for more than two hours after polls closed.

"I look forward to making sure that the people of the 23rd congressional district have a conservative alternative," Doheny said, in an interview with YNN TV.

At one point, Doug Hoffman -- the tea party insurgent from Lake Placid -- led by more than 500 hundred votes. But with an unofficial tally completed, the Associated Press called the race for Doheny, who held a lead of roughly 450 votes. Doheny urged Hoffman not to run on the Conservative Party line.

Just after 1 a.m., the National Republican Congressional Committee echoed Doheny's victory claim. The GOP argued that Doheny had established himself as the candidate with "the experience to help turn around the ailing economy and bring much-needed jobs to the North Country."

The outcome was a blow to Hoffman supporters who gathered at the Red Fox restaurant in Saranac Lake. Jim Gallagher, who retired from the Air Force and lives now in Peru, described the apparent defeat as heartbreaking.

"I'm a firm believer that we need to get the Republican Party back to its conservative roots," he said. Gallagher -- like others here -- said he would not shift his support to Doheny.

At the end of last night, as both political camps packed up to go home, Doug Hoffman still had not addressed his supporters or journalists. A campaign aide made a brief appearance and said, "You will not see Doug Hoffman tonight."

That peculiar decision -- which angered many journalists who had waited more than four hours for a chance to speak with the candidate -- calls into question Hoffman's commitment to soldiering on with the Conservative Party. Hoffman is expected to make a statement about his plans on Wednesday morning.

This outcome sets the stage for a likely show down between Doheny and Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens.

One important dynamic last night was geography, with Hoffman commanding the eastern half of the 23rd district and Doheny dominating in the western counties. That same pattern could hold true in the general election, with the Republican and Democrat hailing from opposite sides of the 23rd.  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
Doug Hoffman concedes the race (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Doug Hoffman concedes the race (Photos: Brian Mann)

Lake Placid's Hoffman concedes defeat in NY-23; conservative "tea party" movement suffers blow

This summer Doug Hoffman, an accountant from Lake Placid, erupted into a national political phenomenon. With the backing of national conservative figures from Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh, Hoffman defied the Republican Party and tried to capture the NY-23 House seat. He managed to scuttle Republican Dede Scozzafava's campaign, but fell short last night. Brian Mann reported on the scene in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava is struggling to compete in the TV ad war for the 23rd House seat.
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava is struggling to compete in the TV ad war for the 23rd House seat.

Republican Scozzafava loses lead; acknowledges being outspent by Dem Owens

A new poll out this morning by the independent Siena Research Institute finds that Democrat Bill Owens, the newcomer from Plattsburgh, has taken the lead over Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. Owens now leads 33%-29%, with Conservative Doug Hoffman trailing with 23%.

Meanwhile, two of the most influential political journals in Washington are reporting that Republican Dede Scozzafava is struggling in the final weeks of the special election. Roll Call and Politico say Scozzafava has been seriously damaged by political attacks from Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman. They also report that she is being outspent significantly by Democrat Bill Owens. That's a surprising turn of events in a congressional district long dominated by the GOP. According to Politico, Scozzafava has spent less than $30,000 on TV spots in the campaign so far. Owens, meanwhile, has spent more than $300,000, launching a media blitz across the sprawling 23rd district.

Brian Mann checked in with Matt Burns, spokesman for the Scozzafava campaign. Burns acknowledged that Scozzafava is being outspent. But says the veteran Assemblywoman will have enough money to compete in the final weeks of the race.  Go to full article
Conservative Doug Hoffman
Conservative Doug Hoffman

In 23rd race, Hoffman and Owens haven't disclosed financial ties

John McHugh has been confirmed as Army Secretary. That means the battle for his North Country House seat is shifting into overdrive. One of the most contentious issues in this special election is the financial background of the three candidates. Republican Dede Scozzafava has faced intense scrutiny for her investments in Wisebuys and Hacketts. But Conservative Doug Hoffman and Democrat Bill Owens are drawing fire for failing to file financial disclosure forms required by Federal ethics laws. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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