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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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The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="">JvL</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: JvL, CC some rights reserved

GOP gains a Democrat in NYS Senate

Senate Republicans have gained one more member in the fight for control of the chamber. Newly elected Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder says he'll sit with the GOP.

Felder is very valuable addition for Republicans trying to retain control of the Senate. In the current count from last week's voting, Democrats have won 31 seats, and Republicans have won 30. Two races are still being tallied.  Go to full article
Crews from the North Country went south to help those affected by Sandy recover--this house on Long Island is owned by a firefighter. Photo: Jim Stinson, Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department

North Country Sandy responders not able to vote

Voters in America's biggest cities faced long lines on Election Day. But in the North Country, voting went off relatively smoothly.

Perhaps the biggest problem was local emergency responders who were not able to vote because they were helping with hurricane relief efforts in New York City.  Go to full article
NY State Sen. Betty Little (file photo). Photo: Mark Kurtz

Sen. Little faces changed political climate

State Senator Betty Little ran unopposed this week and will once again represent a big chunk of the North Country in the state legislature. But she returns to office in a changed political landscape.

Her district has changed, absorbing a new chunk of St. Lawrence County. Her Republican Party also took major hits this week, losing the North Country's House seat and possibly possibly losing its long-standing majority in the state Senate.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="">JvL</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Control of NY Senate still uncertain two days after election

Control of the State Senate is still up in the air, and could be for weeks. Democrats are claiming victory, but Republicans are not conceding. They say they're waiting until...  Go to full article
Owens supporters and staff reacting to hearing Bill Owens announce that Matt Doheney had just called him to concede the election. Photo: Mark Kurtz

NY21: What does Owens' win say about the district?

Brian Mann has reported and blogged throughout the 21st District congressional race. He joined Martha Foley on the line Wednesday morning, after a long night, to talk about...  Go to full article
Matt Doheny thanks supporters Tuesday night. Photo: David Sommerstein

NY21: Doheny hustle falls short

Jefferson County businessman Matt Doheny lost a second straight close election to Democratic Congressman Bill Owens. With the race neck and neck most of the night, Owens took...  Go to full article
Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand winds landslide victory in US Senate Race

Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand won a landslide victory over Republican Wendy Long on Tuesday. By some reports, Gillibrand won the largest percentage in New...  Go to full article
Janet Duprey talking with her Plattsburgh district office administrative assistant Cathy Kourofsky and her husband Brian at the Duprey campaign headquarters in Plattsburgh. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Duprey wins 115th Assembly seat

Republican Janet Duprey swept the 115th Assembly race last night, beating back Conservative challenger Karen Bisso and Democrat Tim Carpenter. She won 52 percent of the vote....  Go to full article
State Sen. Patty Ritchie celebrates re-election last night.

Ritchie defeats Tresidder in 48th state Senate district

Incumbent Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie easily won reelection in the 48th district, covering Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. She beat Democrat Amy...  Go to full article
Assemblyman Marc Butler taking a question from an unidentified reporter at at NYS budget meeting. Photo: Marc Butler Assembly website

Butler wins 118th Assembly district

Long time Republican Assembly member Marc Butler won the newly drawn 118th district. He got more than twice as many votes as Democrat Joseph Chilelli. The 118th now runs from...  Go to full article

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