Election 2022

Bard Complains to State Board of Elections, Alleging Intentional Understaffing at the Polls for Upcoming Votes

Eight days ahead of the Aug. 23 special election and primary, Bard College today submitted a letter to the State Board of Elections expressing concerns that its new polling site will be understaffed and underequipped. Such issues could lead to difficulties for voters in the form of voting delays or access to equipment for disabled voters, says the six-page letter […]

Calling All Voters (Dems, Repubs, Independents): Early Voting for Aug. 23 Elections Starts Saturday

Early voting for the two Aug. 23 elections – the primary election for Democrats in the 18th Congressional District and the special election for all voters to fill the 19th District seat vacated by the departure of Antonio Delgado for Albany – begins tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 13. Early voting is available for all registered voters of Dutchess County at seven […]

Abortion, Gun Rights and the State of Democracy in America: Molinaro and Ryan Spar In NY-19 Special Election

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two stories about the Aug. 23 special election for the seat in Congress’s 19th District formerly held by Democrat Antonio Delgado. This article focuses on the candidates’ positions on key issues. Part One of this package looked at the history of the race, the reasons experts feel it’s important, and a few key […]

Aug. 23 Special Election for Congress’ NY-19 Brings National Attention To Red Hook and Rhinebeck

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two stories about the Aug. 23 special election for Congress in the 19th district, formerly held by Democrat Antonio Delgado. This article focuses on the history of the race, the reasons it’s receiving national attention, and a few key details about each candidate’s biography. The second story, to be published tomorrow, will focus […]

In New 18th District, Republican Colin Schmitt Bets A Message On Inflation Will Win Him A Seat in Congress

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, politicians nationwide are honing talking points about abortion, tackling the issue head-on with voters in the run-up to the November election.  Colin Schmitt, who hopes to represent Red Hook and Rhinebeck in New York’s newly drawn – and purple – 18th Congressional District, is taking a […]

A Very Confusing Election Season Has Arrived: What’s a Conscientious Voter to Do?

Election 2022 is upon us, and, in Red Hook and Rhinebeck, it’s one of the more confusing in recent memory. But do not despair. The Daily Catch is here to help make sense of it all. Visit our Election 2022 channel to find stories throughout the season about candidates, issues, polling locations, and more. Today, we focus on the reasons […]

Now You’ve Heard of Sarahana Shrestha; What About Patrick Sheehan?

Patrick Sheehan became alarmed some months back. The Democratic party, he felt, was drifting leftward. Then, along came Sarahana Shrestha, and his fuse was lit. Today, Sheehan – realtor, former Democrat, novice politician, and Rhinebeck native – is running for State Assembly in the 103rd district – as a registered Conservative, also on the Republican line. His opponent in the […]

How Sarahana Scored An Upset in Assembly District 103: The Political Novice Shares Her Tactics

How did Sarahana Shrestha, a climate justice activist, Democratic Socialist, and first-time candidate, score a stunning victory over 13-term moderate incumbent Assemblyman Kevin Cahill in Tuesday’s Democratic primary elections?  The answer, Shrestha said, is simple: a campaign with a potent ground game, powered by volunteers and small donations. A May endorsement from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens, N.Y.) probably didn’t hurt […]

Hochul, Delgado Sail To Nomination in Tuesday Primaries; Trump Ally Lee Zeldin Bests Crowded Republican Field

Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul and her newly appointed lieutenant governor, Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck, coasted to victory in yesterday’s New York primary contests as Long Island congressman and outspoken Trump supporter, Lee Zeldin, burst through a crowded Republican field, beating out the son of Rudolph Guiliani.  With over three-quarters of precincts reporting, Zeldin held 44 percent of the vote, nearly […]

In Stunning Upset, Sarahana Shrestha Topples 13-Term Incumbent Kevin Cahill in 103rd Assembly District

In a stunning upset, Sarahana Shrestha, an upstart climate activist and political newcomer, has toppled 13-term incumbent Assemb. Kevin Cahill in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in the 103rd State Assembly district. Shrestha, 41, who ran a disciplined and ambitious campaign with extensive door-knocking, leafleting and signage, scored 51 percent of the vote while Cahill, who had only a faint presence in […]

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