Politics

Election 2008
10:42 am
Wed November 5, 2008

UB's James Campbell Analyzes Obama Victory

Buffalo, NY – Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States after an historic election that saw a huge voter turnout and a shift in power to the Democratic Party.

Joining Howard Riedel Wednesday morning to provide some analysis was UB Political Scientist James Campbell. Click the audio player above to hear the interview now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.

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Election 2008
8:53 am
Tue November 4, 2008

Local Obama Supporters Call Battle Ground States

Buffalo, NY – On the eve of one of the most historical election in U.S. history volunteers in Buffalo worked to get out the vote.

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Election 2008
3:34 am
Tue November 4, 2008

Kryzan-Lee Key Local Race

Buffalo, NY – The vast majority of incumbents seeking re-election to Congress or the State Legislature in Western New York are expected to win today. But there are a handful of competitive local races as well.

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Election 2008
3:30 am
Tue November 4, 2008

UB Analyst Says Financial Crisis Determining Factor in Presidential Race

Buffalo, NY – After nearly two years, the long presidential race comes to a close today. Throughout the campaign, we've been touching base from time to time with U-B Political Science Professor James Campbell. He is a nationally-recognized analyst on presidential politics.

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Election 2008
9:30 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Schumer says Anything Could Happen Election Night

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in Buffalo talking about Obama campaign

Buffalo, NY – U.S Senator Charles Schumer says as the Presidential race heads into the final hours, you can never get over confident. The democratic senator is a supporter of Barack Obama.

Senator Schumer says anything could happen on election night. That was his reaction when WBFO News asked him just how confident he is about a win for Obama tomorrow.

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Election 2008
9:35 am
Thu October 30, 2008

Hillary Clinton Featured Guest at Get Out Vote Rally

US Senator Hillary Clinton talking with reporters in Buffalo

Buffalo, NY – Former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared with local democrats at a "get out the vote rally" in downtown Buffalo Wednesday. Clinton supporters crowded into the lobby of the Ellicott Square Building.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear Eileen Buckley's story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.

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Election 2008
9:28 am
Thu October 30, 2008

26th Congressional Race in Final Stretch

Alice Kryzan

Buffalo, NY – The race for the 26th Congressional seat is in the final stretch. Democratic candidate Alice Kryzan is facing off against Republican Chris Lee. Thursday and Friday we are bringing you separate interviews on each of the candidates. This morning WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Alice Kryzan.

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Election 2008
9:34 am
Mon October 27, 2008

League of Women Voters Hosting Candidates' Forum

Clarence, NY – The League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara is set to host a candidates' forum in Clarence Monday night. The forum will be held at the Clarence Town Hall at 7 p.m. It will feature the candidates running in the 26th Congressional District as well as the 61st State Senate race and the 142nd Assembly District.

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Election 2008
12:04 am
Mon October 20, 2008

Officials Safeguarding Voter Rights

Buffalo, NY – As election day nears, voter rights and voter fraud have become central themes of the presidential campaign. The third-party voter registration group ACORN is a primary Republican target. The group is accused of collecting thousands of fraudulent voter registrations. WBFO's talked with Terrance Flynn, the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York about whether voters here need to be concerned.

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Election 2008
9:48 am
Tue October 7, 2008

UB Political Science Professor James Campbell Previews Debate

Buffalo, NY – Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain meet in their second debate Tuesday night. It will be a town hall style event in Nashville, Tennessee.

The debate could be key for Senator McCain, who has seen his poll numbers drop in the last couple of weeks. James Campbell is a professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo.

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Election 2008
10:52 am
Wed October 1, 2008

Political Strategist Analyzes Impact of Economic Crisis on Presidential Race

Buffalo, NY – A nationally-recognized political strategist will talk about political ads Wednesday night at Canisius College.

Joe Slade White began his political career working for the McGovern campaign for president in 1972. He has served as a media consultant to 27 campaigns through the years. Twenty-one of them resulted in victory.

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Election 2008
9:50 am
Fri September 12, 2008

Voter Registration Effort Hits Buffalo Schools

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo High School students are being encouraged to register to vote for this fall's presidential election. UB, Buffalo Public Schools and Kids Voting Western New York are teaming up to find young eligible voters.

Kids Voting Western New York converged on 12 Buffalo Public Schools Thursday looking for teens old enough to vote. The voting registration effort kicked off at Hutch Tech High School.

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Election 2008
10:18 am
Thu September 11, 2008

NY 26th: Lee v. Kryzan

Buffalo, NY – The race for the sprawling 26th Congressional District seat now centers on Republican Chris Lee and the surprise winner of Tuesday's Democratic primary, Alice Kryzan.

Lee announced his candidacy last spring. He has been running TV ads to keep his name before voters. But much of the attention was on the Democratic candidates who were running in Tuesday's primary. Now that Kryzan has won that contest, Lee says he's ready to step up his campaign.

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Election 2008
10:02 am
Tue September 9, 2008

26th Congressional District Race Highlights Primary

Buffalo, NY – It's primary day in New York, and it's a busy one. There are a number of contested races today -- the biggest in the 26th congressional district.

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Election 2008
10:17 am
Fri September 5, 2008

McCain May Focus on Nat'l Security, Obama on the Economy

Buffalo, NY – Republicans will likely focus on national security while Democrats will address economic issues in the presidential campaign, according to University of Buffalo Assistant Professor of Political Science Joshua Dyck.

"The Republican Party will talk about the economy, but they'll only talk about it in terms of tax cuts. Then, they'll switch and say that the most important issue in this election is national security... that's an issue they own, that they poll well on," Dyck said.

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Election 2008
12:50 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Palin Speech Resonates with GOP Base, Collins Addresses Delegates

Buffalo, NY – GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is winning high praise from Republican delegates following a rousing speech to them Wednesday night at the party convention in Minnesota.

University at Buffalo Political Scientist Josh Dyck says Palin came out swinging, not only against Barack Obama, but against the media.

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Election 2008
2:18 am
Wed September 3, 2008

UB's James Campbell Says Palin Speech Key

Buffalo, NY – Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin will be in the national spotlight Wednesday night as she accepts her party's nomination. A University at Buffalo political scientist says the speech will be an important one as she tries to introduce herself to the American people.

UB's James Campbell says John McCain's selection of the Alaskan governor as his running mate was a huge surprise. Campbell says it's hard to know how this will play out.

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Election 2008
9:36 am
Tue September 2, 2008

Collins' Speech at Convention Uncertain

Buffalo, NY – Hurricane Gustav is playing havoc at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Out of respect to victims of the storm, most of Monday's convention activities were suspended. Now going into the convention, Erie County Executive Chris Collins was scheduled to deliver a four minute speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention.

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Election 2008
10:10 am
Fri August 29, 2008

Mayor Brown Gets Buffalo on Radar Screen for Obama Campaign

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is among the local democrats who traveled to Denver to attend the Democratic National Convention. Brown says he participated in round-table discussions as part of convention events.


Brown says the round table discussions included other U.S. Mayors. They discussed urban issues and needs of cities. Brown says it offered him a chance to bring forward some of the concerns of the Buffalo community.

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Election 2008
9:40 am
Fri August 29, 2008

Erie County Democratic Party Leader Ready to Work to get Obama in White House

Buffalo, NY – The leader of Erie County's Democratic Party says the Democratic National Convention was a blend of history, excitement, emotion and growth for the future.

County Democratic chairman Lenihan has been in Denver all week attending the Convention. He talked with WBFO'S Eileen Buckley about what's next for the party as they leave the convention on united front.


Click the "listen" icon above to hear Eileen Buckley's interview now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.

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12:03 am
Wed August 27, 2008

Buffalo's Democratic Party Leader says Hillary's Speech was Spectacular

Buffalo, NY –
The leader of Erie County's Democratic Party says he thought Tuesday night's speech by U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, at the Democratic National Convention, was spectacular.


Fresh off the excitement of the speech, Chairman Len Lenihan reached the WBFO Newsroom by cell phone from Denver.


Lenihan says he believes Clinton accomplished the task of creating unity to support Barack Obama.

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Election 2008
10:53 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Mayor Brown Ready to Attend Democratic National Convention

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is officially supporting Barack Obama. Brown will be leaving for Denver on Monday to attend the Democratic National Convention.

Mayor Brown was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton. But after she dropped out as a presidential contender, Brown turned his support to Obama.

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Election 2008
9:59 am
Wed August 20, 2008

Andrew Cuomo Weighs in on Obama VP Speculation

Cheektowaga, NY – As the Democratic National Convention approaches, talk continues to surface on who Barack Obama will select to be his running mate.


According to reports, Obama has dwindle the list down to four names, that includes U-S Senator Hillary Clinton. A long-time Clinton supporter appeared in Cheektowaga Tuesday and was asked to weigh-in on the topic.

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Election 2008
11:16 am
Fri July 25, 2008

Coppola Analyzes Presidential News Coverage

Buffalo, NY – There's been some criticism of the major television networks this week for sending their top news anchors overseas to cover Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Critics say Republican John McCain has not received similar coverage during his foreign trips.

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Election 2008
9:20 am
Mon July 21, 2008

McCain Buffalo Bound

Buffalo, NY – Republican Presidential candidate John McCain is coming to Buffalo Monday night.

McCain will attend two fundraising events, one at the private home of Anthony H. Gioia and another at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. McCain is expected to raise more money on this stop than any other political candidate ever has in Buffalo, more than one million dollars.

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Election 2008
9:59 am
Thu June 5, 2008

Kathy Konst Announces Candidacy in 26th District

Buffalo, NY – There is now a fourth candidate seeking the Democratic party nomination in the 26th congressional district. Erie County Legislator Kathy Konst of Lancaster officially announced Wednesday.

Konst joins a race that already includes Akron businessman Jack Davis, endorsed Democrat Jonathan Powers and Amherst attorney Alice Kryzan. Davis, who has run and lost in this district twice previously, is pledging to spend $3 million of his own money this time.

Konst says she believes she can win with much less.

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Election 2008
10:38 am
Mon June 2, 2008

History Museum Stumping for Visitors with Presidential Campaign Exhibit

Buffalo, NY – From "Saturday Night Live" to "You Tube," the candidates are pulling out all the stops in this year's presidential campaign. But history was filled with colorful campaigns, long before the media played a role. In a new exhibit, the Buffalo History Society takes a look back at "Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies."

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Election 2008
10:40 am
Tue May 6, 2008

Media Mistakes Mount in Presidential Campaign

Lee Coppola
St. Bonaventure University

Buffalo, NY – The media will be out in force Tuesday covering the Indiana and North Carolina presidential primaries. But just how well are they doing in what's turned out to be a marathon primary season.

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Election 2008
10:11 am
Thu May 1, 2008

County Republicans Now Supporting Christopher Lee for Congress

Buffalo, NY – Republicans don't like primaries. That was clearly evident yesterday when the top brass of the Erie County GOP helped Amherst businessman Christopher Lee officially launch his candidacy less than 48 hours after they were supporting someone else.

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Election 2008
10:05 am
Tue March 4, 2008

UB Political Scientist Expects Clinton to Stay in Race

Buffalo, NY – It's Super Tuesday, part two. Presidential primaries are being held in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont.

WBFO's Mark Scott has been following this year's presidential race with University at Buffalo political science professor James Campbell. We reached him at his North Campus office on Monday.

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