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With its prime location on the convention floor, the New York delegation appeared to enjoy the spotlight during this week's Republican Convention in Cleveland. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says some politicians also used the event to position themselves for runs at key statewide offices. 


It has been said that "to cleave" is the only verb in English that connotes one specific action and its direct opposite. To cleave sometimes means to hold together, and it can also mean to split apart.

That's why Cleveland was the perfect city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Because this week, in this town, the GOP demonstrated both its persistent divisions and its instinct for overcoming them.

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Now that the Republican National Convention is over, the next step for Republicans, after the Democrats are done with their gathering, is to begin the Presidential election campaign.  Carl Paladino, the head of Trump’s New York campaign, expects the state to be in play.

Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, delivering a speech that lays out America's struggles with crime, terrorism and immigration and how he plans to address them.

NPR's politics team has annotated Trump's speech below. Portions we commented on are highlighted, followed by analysis, context and fact check in italics.


Thank you, thank you. Thank you very much.

Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Less than 12 hours after he was booed for not endorsing GOP nominee Donald Trump during his late-night speech before the Republican National Convention, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wasn't backing down.

At an emotional event with the Texas RNC delegation Thursday morning, Cruz defended his decision to withhold his endorsement at a time when Republicans are trying to rally around their nominee ahead of the general election.

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.


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With expectations building in advance of Donald Trump's address tonight at the Republican National Convention, WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt has been mining opinions from the New York delegation. While some hope for more of the of the showmanship that has carried Trump to this stage others want the Republican nominee to appear more Presidential.


For all those who view the nominating conventions of the major parties as overly scripted, predictable and boring, Wednesday night's session of the Republican National Convention came as a jolt.

The third night of this extravaganza had all the usual hoopla — plus a blackout on the jumbo screens, delegates screaming at each other, and a major presidential candidate getting booed off the stage.

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Chris Collins enjoyed his "three minutes in the spotlight," said WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt regarding the local congressman's speech Tuesday night at the Republican Convention in Cleveland. Collins used the time to "bring Western New York to national attention."


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.

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.