2012 election

8:50am

Wed September 26, 2012
Politics

Opponent accuses Patty Ritchie of using taxpayer dollars to campaign

Amy Tresidder, the Democratic candidate running against Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie, is accusing the incumbent of misusing taxpayer funds to boost her campaign. 

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9:45am

Mon September 24, 2012
Politics

Buerkle-Maffei race heats up

Congressional races around the country are likely to heat up now that the House of Representatives and the Senate have recessed until after the election. In the Syracuse area, the re-match between Ann Marie Buerkle and Dan Maffei is statistically a tie, according to the latest poll.

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4:55pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle hopes for a farm bill extension

Central New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle is concerned that the House of Representatives has not yet passed a farm bill. The current one is scheduled to expire September 30, but Congress is scheduled to finish its work this week and passage of a farm bill does not look likely.

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10:17am

Tue September 18, 2012
Politics

Miner speaks out about close state Senate races

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is criticizing campaign rhetoric used during one of last week’s state Senate primaries.  Three of the four Republican state senators who broke with the party to vote to legalize gay marriage last year faced tough primary battles September 13, and one of those contests turned particularly nasty in the closing days.

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7:00am

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Poll shows increased support for fracking

The natural gas industry sees hopeful signs in a new poll that finds more New Yorkers now support hydrofracking. A Quinnipiac University survey also finds upstate New Yorkers, some who live where the gas drilling process would occur, back fracking in greater numbers.

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6:56am

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics

State primary day brings confusion

It's a quiet primary day in Central New York this year.  There are only scattered elections across the area on the day that lets voters, registered in political parties, choose who will be on the November ballot.

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5:35pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Politics

SUNY Oswego is ready to Rock the Vote

Graduate history major Jon Zella of the Civic Engagement Coalition and graduate human-computer interaction major Phillip Moore look over promotion for the Rock the Vote campaign.
Jim Russell SUNY Oswego

The youth vote famously played a large role in Barack Obama’s victory in 2008, but one of the big questions of this year’s election is how young voter turnout will compare with that of the previous election. This year, SUNY Oswego is playing its part in helping students register to vote.

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6:57am

Wed September 12, 2012
Politics

Democrat Dan Lamb is newcomer in 22nd congressional district

Dan Lamb is the Democrat candidate running against central New York Congressman Richard Hanna, and he has been introducing himself to voters in the new 22nd congressional district saying that he is just like them.

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4:17pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Politics

Owens and Doheny debate agricultural issues

Democrat Congressman Bill Owens from Plattsburgh says passage of the federal farm bill that has stalled in Washington is one of his top priorities.

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9:22am

Wed September 5, 2012
Politics

Schumer speaks to DNC Wednesday

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will be one of the featured speakers Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The senior senator from New York says the 2012 election offers voters a clear choice.

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3:45pm

Tue September 4, 2012
Politics

New York Democrats' hopes and plans for the DNC

New York state Democrats are well-represented at the Democratic National Convention which began in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday. But not all Democrats from the region are attending.

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9:44am

Mon September 3, 2012
Politics

New York's U.S. Senate race is contest of contrasts

The contest for the one U.S. Senate seat from New York that is up for grabs starts in full force after Labor Day. And, for the first time ever, two women are pitted against each other in a statewide race. A Republican political unknown faces the Democrat chosen to fill the shoes of Hillary Clinton when she became Secretary of State. The two candidates visited the New York State Fair last week, admitting their names may still be unknown to many New Yorkers.

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4:55pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Politics

Buerkle and Maffei in virtual tie

Democratic congressional candidate Dan Maffei and incumbent Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle head into the fall campaign in a statistical tie, two years after Republican Buerkle unseated Maffei by only 648 votes.

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4:50pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Politics

National Republicans release campaign ad in Maffei-Buerkle race

Last week, Democratic candidate Dan Maffei released the first television commercial in the highly contested 24th Congressional district. Now, the second ad for that race has come out, and it takes a decidedly different tone.

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8:00am

Sat August 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Owens works the senior vote in the North Country

Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) campaigns in Massena.
David Sommerstein North Country Public Radio

Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) is making Medicare a big issue in his race with Republican Matt Doheny.

Senior citizens vote at higher rates than the rest of the population.  So they’ll be key to the eventual winner of the North Country’s 21st Congressional district.  And issues important to seniors, like health care law and Medicare, will take front stage until November.

Owens’ campaign has been ratcheting up the debate with Doheny on Medicare.

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4:28pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Owens enters contest of the airwaves

Congressman Bill Owens has released the first television advertisement of his re-election campaign --  a day after his Republican opponent Matt Doheny did.

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3:52pm

Mon August 20, 2012
Regional Coverage

Studying the political science of social media

KEXINO Flickr

Some graduate students at Syracuse University's Maxwell School will be tracking Twitter accounts and Facebook posts of presidential candidates as part of a new class on social media and politics this fall.  The idea is to see how politicians capitalize on the world of social media.

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10:12am

Mon August 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Gillibrand again pushing incentive package for small businesses

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is again stumping for incentives for woman-owned small businesses.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is again trying to push incentives for woman-owned small businesses through Congress.

The senator was at Cathedral Corporation in Rome Friday afternoon to push the SUCCESS Act.

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9:34am

Wed August 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Paul Ryan's impact on NY House races debated

Gage Skidmore Flickr

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate will impact New York’s competitive House races. But whether the effect will be good or bad depends on who you talk to.

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9:28am

Tue August 14, 2012
Politics and Government

State GOP chairman: Paul Ryan will "play well" in NY races

The head of the New York state Republican Party predicts that the choice of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate will be helpful in some portions of New York state.

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4:03pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Politics and Government

Central New York state Senator running unopposed

One New York state Senate seat that has been hotly contested in recent years in central New York, will not be this year.  Republicans have not been able to come up with anyone to run against Democrat Dave Valesky in the 53rd Senate District.

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