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House Speaker Ryan to appear in Buffalo for fundraiser

Aug 29, 2016
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is coming to Western New York to appear in two scheduled fundraisers, one in Buffalo and the other in Rochester, to raise funds that will be used to boost Republican congressional candidates as the GOP rallies to keep its majority this November.


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There is more evidence that the Presidential race may be effecting which party controls the New York State Senate.

Just months after Paul Manafort was promoted to bring some structure to and scale up Donald Trump's presidential bid, the Washington insider has resigned from the campaign.

In a statement Friday morning, Trump said that Manafort offered his resignation. The candidate said he is "very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process."

"Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success," Trump continued.

Karen DeWitt

There's more evidence that the presidential race may be effecting which party controls the New York State Senate.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County Board of Elections has issued mixed rulings regarding two petitions in the upcoming race for the New York State Senate 60th District.


Senate Democrats hope once again to take away leadership of the Senate from Republicans in the 2016 elections. The chief engineer of strategy for the Democrats says the Presidential candidates at the top of the ticket will help his candidates win.

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Though the presidential election gets the most attention, a fast-approaching primary election is on the minds of local party leaders as they maneuver for control of the state legislature.


The conventions are over. The political stage has been set for what's expected to be a historic contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  The candidates will spend the next 101 days on the campaign trail.

WBFO was the only radio station in the Buffalo region that assigned a reporter to cover both the Democratic and Republican conventions. Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt interviewed dozens of political operatives. She talked with WBFO News Director Brian Meyer.


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Hillary Clinton made history Thursday night, becoming the first woman to accept a major political party's nomination for the presidential election. As one might expect, the local leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties offered mixed reviews of her speech, including whether she solidified her party's support.


Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy is getting ready to head home after four days of covering the Democratic National Convention. In a conversation with WBFO Friday morning, he talked about his overall impressions of the convention, Governor Andrew Cuomo's primetime address and Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech.


The third night of the 2016 Democratic convention scaled several major peaks: President Obama gave, perhaps, the best-written oration of his career. Vice President Joe Biden gave, perhaps, his last national convention address, and his prospective successor, Tim Kaine, gave his first.

Before Hillary Clinton makes her big speech Thursday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is waiting to find out what time he will address the convention, and whether he can live up to the legacy of his father's "Two Cities" speech from 32 years ago. WBFO's Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt shared her thoughts from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


As Hillary Clinton prepares to accept the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, two former mayors of New York City discussed the merits of the two rival candidates. Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy joined us from Philadelphia this morning with his impressions of Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to New York as a "progressive bellwether for the nation" after speaking to the LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention. Is "liberal" no longer a dirty word in politics? That's one of the topics we discussed with Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy, reporting from the DNC in Philadelphia.


Grumblings from Bernie Sanders supporters linger into Day Two of the Democratic National Convention, as New York Democrats enjoy the home state advantage. WBFO's Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt spoke with WBFO's Howard Riedel from Philadelphia.


Mayor Brown taking on new state role with gusto at DNC

Jul 26, 2016

New York Democrats are playing key roles in the Democratic National Convention, with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown the chair of Hillary Clinton's home state party and Gov. Andrew Cuomo scheduled to speak Tuesday. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy spoke from Philadelphia with WBFO's Howard Riedel on the latest in the closely-watched convention.


WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but the focus Monday was on her primary challenger, Bernie Sanders, and his delegates, who continue to stew over a WikiLeaks release of Democratic National Committee emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A candidate for State Senate is releasing a report that suggests Erie County is among the worst polluters of water in all of New York, and it has its aging sewer system to blame. Her report also includes some proposed solutions that would see a mix of state, federal and private dollars put to work to ease the discharge of sewage into potential drinking water sources.


The Democratic National Convention is off to a rocky start after leaked emails over the weekend showed the national party showed favoritism toward Hillary Clinton in her primary battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy weighed in on Day One of the closely-watched convention from Philadelphia.


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The resignation of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is setting the tone for a Democratic National Convention where supporters of Bernie Sanders may or may not unite behind Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee. WBFO's Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt weighed in from Philadelphia.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's choice for her vice president, giving her a running mate with experience at all levels of government to round out the Democratic ticket.

Clinton told supporters the news in a text message and a tweet on Friday evening just after 8 p.m. ET. According to a Clinton campaign official, the former secretary of state called Kaine this evening to make the formal offer.

Ted Cruz may have been looking to build his future prospects when he avoided endorsing Donald Trump during last night's speech at the Republican Convention. However, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy tells WBFO, the Texas Senator likely alienated his biggest supporter in Western New York.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Buffalo Common Councilmembers drive thousands of miles a year for the job and are now looking for some cash to pay car costs.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate running against Chuck Schumer is facing great odds in her campaign against the powerful and popular third-term Senator. Wendy Long addressed the New York delegation Tuesday.

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It was made formal Tuesday night in Cleveland. Donald Trump is the Republican Party's candidate for U.S. President. Although his roots are in New York City, can the GOP candidate win in a state where Republican candidates do well Upstate but are challenged by overwhelming Democratic support in New York City?


Collins tapped to second Trump's nomination in Cleveland

Jul 19, 2016
Karen Dewitt, WBFO Albany Correspondent

He was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump in the race for the White House. On Day Two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Chris Collins will have the honor of seconding the motion that turns Trump from a "presumptive" nominee into the party's official candidate.


Karen DeWitt

Melania Trump's speech at the Republican Convention sparked twin responses. As WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt sees it, the former model exceeded expectations with her poise and passion. That faded when allegations of plagiarism emerged.


NY voters favor Clinton over Trump, according to new poll

Jul 19, 2016

As Republicans rally in Cleveland and Democrats prepare for their Philadelphia convention, Hillary Clinton seems to have her adopted home state votes safely locked up. Driven by a 3-1 lead in New York City, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump 47-35 percent among all New York State voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

courtesy Phillips Lytle LLP

Within the same walls of a downtown Buffalo law firm, two partners are spending time this month serving as a delegate or alternate delegate at national political conventions. They're representing rival parties, but both welcome the opportunity to take part in a civic duty while coming from different points of view.


Karen DeWitt

A veteran journalist who has covered previous conventions, WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt brings an experienced perspective to the coverage of the Republican Convention in Cleveland. While many are expecting a raucous event, DeWitt has been surprised by the calm pre-convention environment.


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