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Capitol Briefing: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

From Fair to Factory Floor, Energy Talk Dominates

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Three more events Wednesday in the 25th district, and three more examples of how the energy issue is having an impact on politics at the ground level. Dale Sweetland talks cattle shows as he admires Annette, a prize-winning heifer, at the Wayne County Fair. (Photo -- Courtesy...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 14, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Energy Issue Hits Home in Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When Dan Maffei is pressed to say what the No. 1 issue is for voters in the 25th district, his answer is the economy and jobs, despite the fact that gas prices are just as high here as they are elsewhere in the country. But as is...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 13, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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A Land of Opportunity for Democrats

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Dan Maffei orders decaf at 10:30 a.m., and that's probably a good thing. A youthful-looking 40, he seems to have nervous energy to burn, tapping his feet and fidgeting as he talks local politics and tells the tale of how he first decided to run for Congress....

By Ben Pershing  |  August 12, 2008; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Are GOP Moderates an Endangered Species?

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Rep. James Walsh's decision to retire from his 26th District seat after 20 years could well mean that the New York delegation, and the Northeast as a whole, will have one fewer Republican in the 111th Congress. We'll explore that more later in this trip, but...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 12, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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'Surprises' Await in Tight House Race

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The local visitors bureau here has been using a catchy slogan to attract people: "Syracuse ... We'll Surprise You!" Capitol Briefing must say that he has not yet been surprised on his visit, but then he just arrived a little while ago, so all he's seen so...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 12, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Heading for the (Syracuse) Campaign Trail

Half the world's press corps is in Beijing, Barack Obama is taking a break in Hawaii and The Fix has just returned from vacation in Argentina. In that same spirit of adventurous and exotic summer travel, Capitol Briefing is heading today to ... Syracuse, N.Y. Why Syracuse? Because Capitol Briefing...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 11, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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