John McHugh

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2010

    Eric Cantor, Dan Senor Host Fundraiser for Tea Party Candidate in NY-1

    ​Via Elizabeth Benjamin in the Daily News, House Minority Whip (and Republican Rebranding specialist) Eric Cantor will be a special guest tonight at a fundraiser for self-funding millionaire Suffolk County House candidate Randy Altschuler. On the host committee: Bush loyalist, Iraq Coalition a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2009

    US Military drops pregnancy penalty in Iraq

    ​Gen. Ray Odierno announced yesterday that a new code of conduct for soldiers in Iraq which goes into effect Jan. 1 will not include a controversial rule penalizing "all United States military personnel, and... all civilians, serving with, employed by, or accompanying" the military in northern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Rightbloggers Get a Scalp, and Perhaps a Party, in NY-23

    On the weekend before a nationally-covered upstate New York Congressional election, the Republican candidate endorsed the Democratic candidate. This is a rarity in American politics, if not a first. Rightbloggers played a key role in this historical achievement. Let's step back several weeks and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2009

    NY-23: Republican Scozzafava officially endorses Democrat Owens

    ​It's official. In a statement released to the Watertown Daily Times, Dede Scozzafava urging her supporters to support her former Democratic opponent over de facto Republican candidate Doug Hoffman, who she declined to mention. A source told the Times that Scozzafava and her husband, who swi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2009

    Scozzafava suspends NY-23 campaign

    ​Republican Dede Scozzafava has suspended her campaign for the NY-23 House seat.

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Conservatives Attack Republican in NY-23; Democrat Smiles

    Republicans usually have an advantage in New York's 23rd Congressional District, but in the campaign to replace Congressman John McHugh there, conservatives have gone all out to attack the Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava. It's not that they're fond of Democrat Bill Owens (though, like most u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Ha, ha, ha. The sweet release of death is a week closer. In the afterlife we can forget all about Kanye and all these ridiculous (but highly amusing) tributes. New York had a big Primary Day -- or, judging by turnout, a dinky one. Our hero Tony Avella went down to defeat. The heavily fund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    McHugh Finally Confirmed as Army Chief, Heating Up Humorous Congressional Race

    Longtime New York Republican congressman John McHugh (pictured, right) was finally cleared last night to become Obama's Secretary of the Army by the Senate. Kansas senators Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts had been blocking his nomination for months, because they thought Obama was going to send Guantan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Bill Owens Gets Dem Nod in NY-23; Will Face Scozzafava, Hoffman

    ​For a while it didn't look like any Democrat wanted to run in the New York 23rd Congressional District to replace Republican John McHugh, who is leaving to become (eventually, pending Republican interference) Obama's Secretary of the Army. State senator and rising star Darrel Aubertine was th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Coup in Review: "Bipartisan" Meeting in Albany (UPDATE: Meeting Fails, Dems Go to Court)

    The state senate Republicans, having rejected an earlier Democratic power-sharing proposal, have offered a plan of their own, laid out like a contract with spaces for signatures, which doesn't seem to change much of anything. Putative president pro tempore Pedro Espada is doing his bit for comity by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Duane Says He Has Gay Marriage Votes; NY1 Says, No You Don't

    Tom Duane says he has the votes to pass a gay marriage bill in the state senate. NY1 is less sure. They surveyed the senators and got 27 firm no votes (including five Democrats) and only 20 firm yeses. As there are eight Republicans among the undecided/uncommitted and we all know how they are, it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Special Election Today in Bronx, Soon in NY-23

    Whoops, turn around for a second and there's another special election. Today the vacated assembly seats of newly elected Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and his appointee to Deputy Beep, Aurelia Greene, are up for a vote. New York and the Bronx being what they are, no one expects Diaz Jr.'s a ... More >>

  • News

    May 14, 2002

    Lobbying for Leniency

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