Plattsburgh, NY – New York's 23rd Congressional District is one of the largest geographically east of the Mississippi - covering an area of nearly 15-thousand square miles, including all or part of eleven counties. For decades the single Congressional seat has been held by a Republican. Current incumbent John McHugh is running for his ninth term. On today's Community Corner, North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley introduces us to his latest challenger Democrat Michael Oot.
Albany, NY – Barack Obama is the "odds-on favorite" to win the presidential election, said Connecticut Congressman Chris Murphy, speaking with Alan Chartock on WAMC's "Roundtable."
"I think Obama's going to win, but sometimes I have trouble figuring out how it's going to happen," Murphy said.,br> "He's going to have to win a couple of difficult races, obviously Pennsylvania and Ohio at the top of the list," Murphy added.
Western and Mountain states will be the biggest challenge for Obama, Murphy predicted.
Albany, NY – Barack Obama's message of change is going to be the message that wins with voters in November, said Connecticut 2nd Congressional District Representative Joe Courtney, speaking on WAMC's "Congressional Corner."
"This country is ready to go a different way, and I think that's the message [Obama] still has in his hip pocket," Courtney told host Alan Chartock.
Albany, NY – This election year may mark the beginning of a Democratic Party resurgence, according to David Hawkings, the managing editor of Congressional Quarterly.
"I think that not even the most optimistic Republican would predict Republican gains in Congress this fall. It's universally agreed that the Democrats will expand their majorities in the House and the Senate," Hawkings said, speaking on WAMC's "Congressional Corner" program.
Albany, NY – Representative Mike McNulty of New York's 21st district will retire from office after 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"I've been in public life for a long time now. It's my 39th year in office, my 20th year in Congress. I have a perspective that's been built over a period of decades," McNulty said to WAMC's Alan Chartock on "The Capitol Connection".
"I'm going to be home a lot more, I'm going to be playing a lot more with my grandchildren," McNulty said.