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DNC Live Coverage: Thursday, Aug. 20

Aug 20, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is speaking Thursday night.

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DNC Live Coverage: Wednesday, Aug. 19

Aug 19, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Wednesday's speakers include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama.

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DNC Live Coverage: Tuesday, Aug. 18

Aug 18, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Tuesday's speakers include New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former President Bill Clinton.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during a brief video address at the first night of the Democratic National Convention, spoke of New York’s struggles overcoming the coronavirus and why he thinks Joe Biden needs to win in November.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will headline the first night of the Democratic National Convention, with a speaking slot in prime time Monday night.

DNC Live Coverage: Monday, Aug. 17

Aug 17, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Monday's speakers include Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former first lady Michelle Obama.

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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.


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Governor Cuomo got his moment on the convention stage Thursday night before Hillary Clinton’s speech.

Editor's note: This has been updated at 1:25 p.m. ET Friday with additional fact-checking information.

Hillary Clinton accepted her party's nomination on Thursday, completing the field for an American political campaign without historical precedent.

Clinton, the first female presidential nominee for a major American party, has now officially become Republican Donald Trump's Democratic rival for the presidency of the United States.

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.

But when it was all over, and Obama was joined on stage by the woman who wants to succeed him, you could feel the love welling up from the delegates and you could sense the doubt hanging over them — an invisible cloud casting a psychological shadow.

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.


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Foreign trade deals are a contentious issue at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Now New York’s Senior Senator Chuck Schumer is weighing in, saying he is against the Trans Pacific Partnership proposal, known as the TPP.

Democrats called on Americans to reject what they called the politics of fear and division of the GOP and elect Hillary Clinton during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Everyone from President Obama to Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine contrasted the Democratic vision of America with the vision offered by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"America is already great," President Obama said. "America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness does not depend on Donald Trump."

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.


WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo had a full schedule Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, aimed at showcasing some of his strengths, including supporting LGBT rights and helping the homeless. However, he first shared the stage with Hillary Clinton’s primary opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders.

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.


For Michelle Obama, this election is about the kids. On the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, the first lady wove her vision for the next generation with her hope for the next president.

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For Michelle Obama, this election is about the kids. On the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, the first lady wove her vision for the next generation with her hope for the next president.

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 Convention Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the release of emails showing that staff favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders is overshadowing other news at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention. 

The Democratic National Convention begins Monday in Philadelphia. As the party finishes last-minute preparations, protesters also are getting ready.

The city has approved 28 permits for rallies and marches. Name a cause and you can bet a protest for it is planned. Applicants range from an anti-gay church to the group "Black Men for Bernie."

Buffalo native makes Clinton's VP list

Jul 21, 2016
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A Buffalo native has made it to the top of Hillary Clinton's vice presidential search list.

Governor Cuomo, addressing New York’s delegation in Charlotte, harshly denounced Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget and other GOP policies.

The rhetoric stands in sharp contrast to his cordial relationship with legislative Republicans in the  state Capitol.

Cuomo delivered a spirited repudiation of Ryan’s fiscally conservative budget policies, blending sarcasm with outrage to enthusiastic New York Democrats.  

“First they say ‘well, we have economic trouble’,” said Cuomo. “Thank you for that startling revelation. I wouldn’t have known.”

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For Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the Democratic National Convention offers more than discussions in party politics.

The convention presents a chance to meet face-to-face with "state officials about what the state can contribute to the reconstruction of Ralph Wilson Stadium," Poloncarz said in a live interview on WBFO and AM970.

It's believed the Buffalo Bills are seeking over $200 million in improvements for their home stadium, a price tag the cash-strapped county is unlikely to afford on its own.

"We're still talking."

Local Democratic boss skipping national convention

Sep 4, 2012
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The Democratic National Convention begins tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina, with most of the party's political operatives expected to attend, but the head of Erie County's Democrats, Len Lenihan, won't be  making the trip.

While conventions can be fun and he's been to some, the Erie County boss is more concerned about the election next week, with some key local races on the ballot.

That includes races like the Senate fight between County Legislature Chair Betty Jean Grant and State Senator Tim Kennedy.