North country political watchers had a hint of nostalgia as they read City and State's report on the changes in how the Independence Party picks its candidates.
Essentially, Frank MacKay, the party's state chairman, now has "nearly complete control" over the party's ballot line.
Those fights over ballot control played out in the north country.
The Jefferson County Independence Party's endorsements were ignored twice in state Senate races, when they picked Democrat Darrel Aubertine only to have the line go to a Republican both times.
Indy leaders in Jefferson County, including Mayor Jeff Graham, grew “disgruntled or disillusioned” with the state leadership, so the county party was disbanded.
The Jefferson County Indys could come back this year, but there appears to be little interest.
Another subtle storyline to watch in north country politics is the Independence Party's congressional line for the upcoming November election. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, and Matt Doheny, a Republican rival, are in the hunt. Mr. Doheny received the line in 2010.