Politics

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A new governor of Puerto Rico—the U.S. territory that’s been embroiled in massive protests over the past several weeks—was sworn in on Friday. Shortly before the controversial transition of power, WBFO spent a morning at La Flor Bakery on Niagara Street to ask what Puerto Ricans living in Buffalo think about the political uproar on the island.


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A new website launched Tuesday morning is encouraging local Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia to run for Congress. Bellavia previously ran for New York’s 27th congressional seat in 2012, but does this mean another run in 2020 is on the horizon?


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Democrats and Republicans are less divided than it may seem, at least when it comes to the president’s tweets, according to a new study led by a University at Buffalo researcher.


McMurray calls for recount after conceding to Collins

Nov 7, 2018
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Republican congressman Chris Collins narrowly won re-election against Democratic opponent Nate McMurray in New York's 27th District Tuesday. But McMurray, who initially conceded, now wants a recount.

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As chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown calls the discovery of bombs against political leaders “unacceptable”.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley asked Brown for his reaction to the bombs discovered at home New York home of democrats Hillary and Bill Clinton and to former President Obama in Washington, D.C.

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Former State Senator Marc Panepinto has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor public corruption charge in federal court. The plea carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a heavy fine. 


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An increasing percentage of Americans say they have no religious affiliation in a society that traditionally has been religious. A University at Buffalo political scientist is part of a group of researchers who have been looking at that in the context of politics, with the heavy involvement of the religious right and the Republican party.

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Morning Edition listeners know Cokie Roberts as a veteran commentator providing political analysis. However, that is just one of a long list of accomplishments over a 40-year career that have won Roberts many awards and accolades.

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The spending deal passed on Capitol Hill last month, which was implemented hours after a previous federal spending deal expired, is set to expire on March 23. Senator Minority Leader Charles Schumer has stated the deal the reached with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a good one for the middle class. But a local congressman is concerned about the government's increased spending and increasing debt.


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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will not be silenced by President Donald Trump. Gillibrand made her comments during an appearance in Cheektowaga late Friday morning. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there as Gillibrand met with reporters. 

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The Larkin Square Author Series and talking Leaves Books announced Monday that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be appearing September 28th in Buffalo for a book signing.  However, as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us there will be some limits and restrictions for fans who want to meet the former presidential candidate up-close.


Hillary Clinton to visit Buffalo in September

Aug 28, 2017
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Former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be traveling to Buffalo late next month.  Clinton will be conducting a book signing at Larkin Square on Thursday, September 28th at 12:30 p.m.  It will be presented the Larkin Square Author Series and Talking Leaves Books.

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To date, no one has officially declared candidacy in this year's race for Mayor of Buffalo. But the city's comptroller, Mark Schroeder, has all but made formal that he'll be in the mix.

The Presidential election is less than a week away, but Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes there's enough time for voter sentiments to sway again in what has been a topsy-turvy race. During his weekly conversation with WBFO, McCarthy wonders if Donald Trump's recent surge in the polls will translate into Electoral College success.


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There will be buttons from Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt’s campaigns, items from the 1901 Pan-American Expo, and even materials from the current presidential campaigns. A political memorabilia show is being held this weekend at the Hyatt Place Hotel Buffalo/Amherst.

Jimmy Kemp talks politics during Buffalo visit

Oct 13, 2015
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The son of late conservative icon Jack Kemp talked about presidential politics and the state of the GOP during a visit to Buffalo Monday.

Stage set for gubernatorial debate from WNED|WBFO

Oct 22, 2014
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In the race for the New York governor’s office, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott, will debate live from the WNED-TV studios in downtown Buffalo. “Election ‘14: The Race for Governor” will air on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. and is sponsored by The Buffalo News and WNED | WBFO.

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New polls show Governor Andrew Cuomo with a big edge to keep his job as governor.

Press Pass: Investigative Post's Jim Heaney

Feb 18, 2013
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Albany power politics used to be three men in a room, but now Governor Andrew Cuomo is accused of rushing to approve new laws. In this week's Press Pass we welcome Investigative Post editor Jim Heaney.  Heaney discuss the Governor's power grab with WBFO's Eileen Buckley, as well as the upcoming reelection campaign of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

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Western New York's new representative on Capitol Hill has received his committee assignments.  That include chairing a House subcommittee, which is rare for a freshman  lawmaker. 

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When the roll is called in the New York State Assembly, there is a new Republican name on the list -- former East Aurora Mayor and small businessman David DiPietro.

A nation "curious about Mitt Romney," says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, could draw an estimated 50 million viewers for tonight's Presidential debate.

As polls show President Barack Obama inching his way to a solid lead, McCarthy believes voters still want to see Romney's debate performances before they make their final decision on Election Day.

Niagara County's political wars aren't being suspended while Nik Wallenda readies for his walk above the Niagara Gorge.

State Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman John Ceretto were sponsors of legislation to allow the Wallenda walk to take place.

Both have criticized City Hall and Mayor Paul Dyster, saying they aren't properly supporting the event.

Dyster found a defender in City Council Member Kristen Grandinetti.

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With a June primary ahead, Republicans David Bellavia and Chris Collins are getting active and taking shots at each other.

On Tuesday, Bellavia, the decorated Iraq War veteran, challenged Colins to a series of eight debates, one for each county in the sprawling 27th district.

Bellavaia says it's the best way to explore the many issues of importance to district constituents.

Collins called the debate idea "premature." 

The former Erie County Executive dismissed Bellavia as a "candidate whose campaign is floundering."

Press Pass: Signage could be considered self-promotion for elected leaders

Feb 6, 2012
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 As a number of new political leaders took office this year, some publicly-owned property was repainted with new names.  For instance, signs were reprinted when Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz began his new administration.  It is a topic recently examined in-depth by the Buffalo News. 

This week in our weekly Press Pass conversation -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss how signage could be considered self-promotion for elected leaders.

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The Democratic party win for Erie County Executive now leaves lingering questions about the future Buffalo's Democratic party leader Len Lenihan.

This week on WBFO's weekly Press Pass interview, Chris Jamele speaks with Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly about the future of the local democratic leader Len Lenihan and why the on-going Occupy Buffalo movement remains calm. 

Still sparing at the end of the campaign

Nov 8, 2011
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Voters are deciding whether to give Chris Collins four more years as Erie County Executive or give Mark Poloncarz a chance to hold the County's reigns until 2016. It's Election Day 2011.  And the County Executive's race is the marquee local contest.

 WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says both candidates yesterday held a final "get out the vote" effort. On the eve of elections, both candidates were making one last attempt to get their message to the voters. Democrat Poloncarz attended a rally on the steps of City Hall.

Election day 2011: Focus Erie County Executive race

Nov 8, 2011
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The race for Erie County Executive is in a "dead heat" according to the latest polls.  But Tuesday voters will finally have a chance to cast their ballot --  ending a long-campaign battle that pits republican incumbent Chris Collins against democratic opponent Mark Poloncarz. 

Both candidates held final "get-out-the-vote efforts Monday.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks to University at Buffalo political science professor Joshua Dyck  for his analysis on the county executive race on this Election Day 2011.

Election day is Tuesday and the biggest local race is for Erie County Executive pitting incumbent Republican Chris Collins against Democratic challenger Mark Polencarz.  Collins spent the day Sunday at the Bills game talking with fans about the issues. 

A Siena Research poll conducted by the Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV shows the race to be a statistical dead-heat. Polencarz Sunday called a press conference to discuss the results..

The marquis race in tomorrow's elections is the one for Erie County Executive, pitting incumbent Republican Chris Collins against Democratic challenger Mark Poloncarz.

On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch joins WBFO's Mark Scott for a preview. This is a race between two candidates who really are quite different -- Collins focused on limited government while Poloncarz sees a more expansive role for government.

Andriatch says that gives voters a clear choice.

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