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I tell this story all the time, but it’s a true one:  When I came to the North Country thirteen years ago, someone — I can’t remember who it was — told me I’d scored the best job in the world, with one big...
As the Republican Party navigates this perilous chapter in its history, the organization begins to resemble — more and more closely — the desperate, lonely protagonist in “Life of Pi.” If you haven’t seen or read it...
In the days since Barack Obama won a second free, peaceful and fair election, capturing more than 50% of the popular vote again, a growing number of conservatives have called for their states to secede from the United States of America. The drumbeat...
CORRECTION:  Bill Owens did not vote for the Federal stimulus plan backed by Barack Obama in 2008.  He didn’t take office until the next year.  We regret the error.  Owens did later embrace the policy, advocating for...

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NY judge rules that Teachout may stay on ballot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A judge in Brooklyn says liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout is eligible to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next month's Democratic primary, dismissing an attempt by Cuomo supporters to kick her off the ballot.  Go to full article
Sen. Tkaczyk being sworn in on Jan. 24, 2013. Photo:

Newest NY Senator says she'll fight for campaign finance reform

New York's newest Senator, Cecilia Tkaczyk, has been on the job for just over a week now, after a two and half month long court battle over absentee ballots resulted in a narrrow 18-vote win for her.

Tkaczyk, a sheep farmer, school board member and former legislative housing analyst, is a Democrat who won the newly drawn Senate seat in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys that was designed for a Republican. Karen DeWitt spoke to Senator Tkaczyk during one of her first days on the job.  Go to full article
New York State Capitol. Photo: <a href="">Jason Paris</a> CC <a href=""> some rights reserved</a>

Campaign finance reform on 2013 Albany agenda

The fall election season marked a high point for campaign spending across the nation. It's estimated that outside groups spent hundreds of millions of dollars backing candidates, and attacking others.

With proposals from both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, it now seems clear that 2013 will be the year campaign finance reform takes the stage in Albany. But it's not clear yet what shape the legislation will take, or whether public financing of campaigns will be a part of it.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Cuomo speaks on campaign finance, other issues

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will soon introduce legislation to regulate not for profits that have become increasingly influential players in political campaigns by...  Go to full article
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office

NY Comptroller: fiscal cliff worst for low and middle incomes

The budget showdown, with its possibility of the nation heading over a "fiscal cliff", has gotten lots of attention in recent weeks. If Congress doesn't make a budget deal by...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo at an event in Rochester, Nov. 27, 2012. Photo: Governor's office via <a href="">Flickr</a>

Cuomo: new Senate leadership must prove itself

By his own account, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stayed clear of the leadership fight in the state Senate.

Yesterday he endorsed the newly formed coalition...  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="">JvL</a> CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

New coalition of Republicans, breakaway Dems in NY Senate

An ongoing leadership fight in the New York State Senate has been resolved.

A breakaway Democratic faction is joining with Republicans to form a new governing...  Go to full article
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NY far ahead on health exchange

The Obama administration is giving states an extra month to decide if they plan to create their own health care exchanges, the core of the new federal health care law. ...  Go to full article
Ray Scollin, left, and his son Matt, seen here at the Blue Moon Cafe in Saranac Lake on Saturday, worked for different sides during the election, but they say the experience brought them closer together. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

For Ray and Matt Scollin, politics is all in the family

If lawmakers in Washington need a lesson in bipartisanship, they might consider consulting with Ray and Matt Scollin, a father and son from Saranac Lake who worked for...  Go to full article

Senate Dem wants breakaway senators back in line

Votes in two key New York State Senate races are still being tallied. Democrats are leading in both, and could give the patry majority status in the traditionally Republican...  Go to full article

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