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The Read: Political chatter from elsewhere

Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog, you'll find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Here's a sampling of what they were reading this week:

"Obama sees a political charm in third visit," by Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Times-Union. Not once, not twice, but 24 times. That's how many times President Barack Obama has visited New York State since he's been in office, including his 2010 swing through Buffalo, Vielkind notes.

"For Obama and Cuomo, no bunny suits," by Larry Rulison, Albany Times-Union. Tyvek "bunny suits" were notably absent when President Barack Obama and Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a short tour of a clean room at a computer chip factor at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering this week, Rulison notes in a piece that explains how the factory worked around the precaution.

Drilling Decisions – Cuomo’s green reputation hinges on hydrofracking decision,” by Jon Lentz, City & State. Even though the bar set by his predecessors isn’t very high, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s environmental legacy could come down to what the state does with regulating hydraulic fracturing, writes Lentz.

"Change is good; bureaucracy is not," by Glens Falls Post-Star. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's idea to create a new state agency to serve as a watchdog against abuse of disabled people under the state's care is already getting its rush of backing from legislators. But the Glens Falls Post-Star, seeming to recall campaign promises by Cuomo about shrinking the size of state government, calls for pause. 

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