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Wednesday, September 22

Updates from the inbox, and the future of the City Desk

Good afternoon readers. I know it has been a while, but I'm back with a few updates from the inbox and a plan to continue with more timely updates.

Thanks to those of you I have run into over the past month or so who have commented on the blog.

First, some notes from Washington D.C. and Troy.

This morning, Rep. Scott Murphy released a statement on the Senate's failure to bring the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on openly gay soldiers to the table for a debate.

"We all know that the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy is outdated, and has no business being on the books anymore. We should not be forcing qualified, patriotic and courageous individuals to lie about who they are in order to serve their country," the statement said.

Also from D.C., Sen. Chuck Schumer released numbers showing over 30% of upstate and Long Island colleges and universities still do not offer a textbook rental programs.

"It is my goal to expand this program so that it may reach its maximum potential. At a time when the cost of college tuition is already challenging household budgets, it is more important than ever to ensure that the costs of textbooks and other course materials don’t unduly add to the burden," wrote Schumer, in an open letter to Brian Cartier, CEO of the National Association of College Stores.

I wish book rentals were still around while I was still in school. It makes perfect sense, especially since new editions are required almost every year.

Locally, Saratoga Springs Supervisor and State Senate candidate Joanne Yepsen kicked off a 43-stop tour of the 43rd Senate District today (43 days before the election).

She took a stroll through Troy with city advocates for improved housing. She also said she will be at Troy Night Out this Friday from 6-8 p.m. Yepsen also has a new blog where you can keep up on here campaign.

On this blog: I am going to do my best to start updating every morning from home with national, state and local political news from around the web. I will also be proactively posting updates once or twice a day from the inbox as the election and budget seasons heat up.

As always, feel free to drop me a line with any tips or story ideas: pdonges@saratogian.com and 583-8729 ext.219.

2 Comments:

Anonymous 43 days is hard work said...

Maybe someone should look into Joanne's progressive, open space, save the environment agenda.

She's driving around a winnebago that get's 4 miles to the gallon in gas... hypocrisy?

43 days is more work than she's done as a county supervisor, I bet she'll only make it through a few.

September 22, 2010 at 5:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back. Looking forward to more posts.

What do you think of Siro's in Las Vegas ?

September 22, 2010 at 11:25 PM 

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