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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said constructing a literal wall along the southern border between the United States and Mexico is not practical, but securing the border is important.

“I don’t think that’s realistic,” Stefanik said Monday at a town hall forum, responding to a question about President Trump’s plan to put up a wall across the southern border.

“I don’t think the president’s plan is exactly right on that,” she said, at the forum that Mountain Lake PBS livestreamed.

Stefanik said a border wall is impractical, given the topography along certain sections of the border.

She said border security technology is available that would be less expensive than building a wall.

“I don’t think a wall is the best model. … But I do think we need to get serious about border security on the southern border,” she said.

DCCC criticizes Stefanik vote

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will not be silent about the Stefanik’s vote in favor of the American Health Care Act to repeal and replace former President Obama’s health care plan, said Evan Lukaske, a DCCC spokesman, who issued a statement May 4 from the committee’s chairman, Ben Ray Lujan.

“Make no mistake about it: Elise Stefanik must face the music, look her constituents in eye, and answer for the mess she created,” Lujan said. “There is no question that this bill will cause incredible pain for for hardworking Americans, particularly those fighting to make ends meet, and this vote will haunt Stefanik through Election Day.”

Lukaske was responding to a previous post in which David Catalfamo, a Republican strategist, said he does not think the DCCC will target Stefanik in the 2018 campaign cycle. Asked if the DCCC has added Stefanik to its list of targeted races, Lukaske said, “Not yet, but things are changing rapidly.”

Nelson gets support in Argyle

An informal grassroots organization in Argyle has been formed to support the candidacy of Patrick Nelson, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Stefanik in 2018, said Doris Nichols, a member of the group.“I think that Patrick Nelson should be elected because he has the human spirit to represent the people of the United States,” she said, in an interview at a health care rally in Glens Falls on May 4.

“This man was born and raised in this (congressional) district, and he is still here,” she said.

Nichols said the group does not have a formal name. “Just call it, ‘Ordinary People in Argyle,’” she said.Nelson, of Stillwater, a political activist and a Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 21st Congressional District.

White House visitor logs

President Trump should release White House visitor logs to the public, Stefanik said at the Mountain Lake PBS town hall forum.

Stefanik also reiterated that Trump should release his tax returns.

“He should release his taxes — 100 percent. I’ve said he should release his taxes,” she said. Stefanik, responding to a question from the audience, said she does not support House Democratic tactics to force a floor vote on legislation that would require U.S. presidents to release their tax returns. Stefanik said legislation should proceed through the committee process.

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12801 Party

Green Party mayoral candidate Rich Cirino and Councilman-at-Large candidate Robin Barkenhagen will circulate independent nominating petitions to establish the “12801” independent ballot line in the November city of Glens Falls general election, Barkenhagen said.

The two also will run on the Green Party ballot line.

New York election law allows candidates to run on multiple ballot lines and combine the number of votes received on all lines. Cirino, president of The Glens Falls Collaborative, is running against Councilman at-Large Dan Hall, a Democrat. Barkenhagen, a retail shop owner and musician, is running against 3rd Ward Councilwoman Jane Reid, a Republican.

Suffrage history

This is the latest in a series of posts about the suffrage movement in Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties.

A group of Glens Falls’ “leading citizens,” including Mayor Edward Reed, signed a petition in 1917 urging U.S. Rep. James S. Parker, R-Salem, to support the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote nationally, according to a report Jan. 11, 1917 in The Post-Star.

Parker, a farmer and harness racing horse breeder from Salem, represented the region in the House from 1913 until his death, while in office, in 1933.

“We, the undersigned, men of the 29th Congressional District, New York, do hereby register our approval for woman suffrage and request that you use your influence to further the passage of the Susan B. Anthony amendment, and that you vote ‘Yes’ when the bill comes before the House,” the petition reads. The Glens Falls area men that signed it are as follows:

Mayor Edward Reed, Edgar W. West, B.B. Fowler (downtown merchant), George Tait, John McCabe, S. Carter Hall, John H. McCoy, O.B. Moffatt, Charles F. West, Charles V. Peters (downtown merchant), Dr. T. I. Henning, Dr. Edgar Birdsall (physician who brought the first X-ray machine to Glens Falls), James S. Kiley (pharmacist), F.C. Viele, F. W. Wiley, Howard J. Bush, Daniel F. Imrie, Frank Morehouse (lawyer), William E. Burdette, C.E. Browne, H.R. Wait, George W. Myers.

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