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Woolf attacks Ryan budget plan; Burke profiled; Hassig visits Jefferson County Legislature


Democratic Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf released a statement condemning the budget plan released by Congressman Paul Ryan Tuesday.

“The budget plan Congressman Paul Ryan introduced today is the wrong approach. We need to balance our budget and address our debt, but we need to do it the right way — not on the backs of our North Country families,” Mr. Woolf said in the emailed statement.

Mr. Ryan’s plan aims to cut $5 trillion from the budget and balance the country’s books by 2024 in part by altering Medicare and food stamp programs and repealing the Affordable Care Act.

It is a plan of which Mr. Woolf does not approve.

“Ending the Medicare guarantee and forcing seniors to pay more is not the answer. We must work together to find responsible ways to reduce our debt that don’t cripple job creation, burden our seniors and students, or penalize middle class families,” Mr. Woolf said.

Mr. Ryan was the running mate of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. His policies are widely viewed as a preview of what can be expected from a Republican controlled House of Representatives.

Elise M. Stefanik, one of three candidates seeking the Republican nomination, served as the director of debate prep for Mr. Ryan during his vice presidential run.


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Pete DeMola of Denton Publications interviewed Steven Burke, the other Democratic candidate in the 21st Congressional District race, and got his opinion on a whole host of issues, not the least of which was his primary opponent Aaron Woolf.

“I saw a vacancy when they picked a novice,” Mr. Burke told Denton Publications. “With the problems occurring in the district and the crossroads we’re at, they’ll eat him up alive in Washington DC and he won’t know how to bring the necessary help to the north country that we need.”

Mr. Burke advocated closing some military bases overseas and using the money saved for a long-term entrepreneurship fund. He also spoke about agriculture, health care and gun control, to which he is opposed.

You can read the full story here:


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Green Party candidate Donald L. Hassig spoke in front of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators Tuesday night as the Director of Cancer Action NY.

He urged legislators to read a World Health Organization report titled Persistent Organic Pollutants: Impact on Child Health.


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Hot on the heels of her appearance at Tuesday's anti-SAFE Act rally in Albany at which she touted her strong support of the Constitution, a political action committee affiliated with anti-abortion groups has endorsed Elise M. Stefanik's candidacy in the 21st CD.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms Political Action Committee, which calls itself " New York's only statewide Christian PAC," said in a release that it will support Ms. Stefanik “in any primary election in which she may participate this June, and in November's general election."

Rev. Jason J. McGuire, executive director of the PAC, said in the release “NYCFPAC is excited to announce Elise Stefanik as our first endorsee of the 2014 election cycle. Elise’s impressive resume reflects an appealing combination of public and private-sector experience, and she clearly possesses the principles, energy, and commitment to be an effective Member of Congress.”

The Rev. Mr. McGuire noted Ms. Stefanik’s conservative views.

“A member of the National Rifle Association, Elise is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment,” the Rev. Mr. McGuire was quoted in the release. “Elise is pro-life, supports the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, opposes amnesty for undocumented immigrants, and disagrees with IRS targeting of nonprofit groups that hold views unpopular with the current administration.”


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The St. Lawrence and Franklin County Conservative parties have thrown their support in the 115th Assembly district race to Karen Bisso, a teacher and Conservative Party member who has been outspoken in her opposition to the Common Core and the New York SAFE Act.

In a press release, Franklin County Conservative Party Chairman Bob White spoke of Ms. Bisso in glowing terms.

“Karen represents the type of candidate we want to represent us. She says what she means, and we have faith that she will not change her beliefs just to get media approval or get contributions or votes from wealthy single issue constituents. She will run on Conservative values and stay true to those values if elected,” Mr. White said.


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Speaking of the Conservative Party, for all you hard-core political junkies out there, check out The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete, a 2011 memoir by Matt Long, a New York City Firefighter who was run over by a Bear Stearns charter bus during the New York City transit strike of 2005 and survived to return to running Marathons and Ironman triathlons.

Matt is the son of New York State Conservative Party chairman Michael R. Long and there are some really interesting passages in the book where Matt describes his father’s early political life.

Whatever your politics, the book is an excellent read and Matt’s story of recovery is quite inspiring.


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Hit ‘em with the left.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released a series of ads they are calling “the first phase of a sweeping nationwide paid effort.”

The series, launched under the title “Battleground: Middle Class,” call out Republican candidates Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A. Doheny specifically and tie the candidates to the House Republican budget unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan on Tuesday.

Images of the ads running in the district were released by the DCCC Wednesday and show the U.S. Capitol rotunda set against a vaguely post-Apocalyptic backdrop and feature the text “Tell candidate Elise Stefanik: don’t sell out the middle class” or “Tell candidate Matt Doheny: don’t sell out the middle class” in bold white text with “don’t sell out” in red.

“New Yorkers cannot afford Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny’s reckless budget that costs jobs, threatens middle class families’ financial security, raises their taxes, and ends the Medicare guarantee for Upstate New York and North Country seniors, while giving more handouts to the corporations and special interests that are shipping our jobs overseas,” said Josh Schwerin of the DCCC in an email about the ad campaign.


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