Republicans

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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.


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The dirty laundry of Niagara County Republican politics is being waved again, as former State Sen. George Maziarz has surfaced again to blast a group of people who were once his political nearest and dearest.

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President Trump abruptly halted spending talks at the White House on Wednesday, after congressional Democrats again rejected his demand for a $5.7 billion border wall.

On Twitter, Trump dismissed the negotiations as a "total waste of time," as a partial government shutdown stretched into its 19th day. He added, "I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Progressive-leaning groups say now that more Democrats have been elected to the New York State Senate,  they will hold their feet to the fire in January to ensure that measures like bail reform and legalizing marijuana are swiftly enacted into law.

Reed and DiPietro are Election Day standouts for NY Republicans

Nov 7, 2018
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Tom Reed won his fourth term to Congress to represent New York’s 23rd district. Democratic opponent Tracy Mitrano conceded shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tueday to represent the district's 11 counties across the Southern Tier.

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With the opening of the polls less than a day away, party activists were at their headquarters this weekend, making sure their candidates win Tuesday.

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A couple hundred people showed up to Wednesday’s conservative rally in Elma, featuring former Trump Administration chief strategist Steve Bannon. For most Western New Yorkers, it was their first time seeing Bannon in person.

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With the time to Electon Day starting to be measured in days and hours and not in weeks or months, conservative firebrand Steve Bannon came to town Wednesday to plead for other conservatives to go out to vote and encourage others to vote.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) says his last day in office will be Dec. 31, as charges of insider trading against him have essentially ended his political career and reputation. He says what he does next will not be politics.

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Republican Party chairs from the eight counties in the 27th congressional district spent three hours talking Tuesday night about how to get indicted Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) off the November ballot and find a replacement.

Governor's Office

Less than a month after the legislative session officially ended, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been calling for the state Senate to come back and work on what he says is unfinished business.

Democrats in New York are heartened by what they call a “blue wave” in this week’s election results in the state and the nation.

It took only one seat for Republicans to lose control of the Erie County Legislature Tuesday night.


Lawmakers have less than two weeks of legislative days to head off a government shutdown, raise the nation's borrowing limit and provide financial assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Congress is back after a monthlong break, although it may not have seemed like Washington was on vacation based on the pace of political news in August.

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The FBI says the man who opened fire on a group of Republican members of Congress on Wednesday is 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., who was shot by police and later died at a hospital.

The alleged shooter expressed fervent opposition to the Republican Party and called for higher taxes on the rich, in statements on social media and letters to a local newspaper. He apparently volunteered for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to the Vermont senator, who condemned the attack.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Election day is less than 24 hours away. As tens of millions of voters stream to the polls, millions more have already cast their ballots in one of the nastiest presidential races in American history. In Erie County, Democrats and Republicans are making their final pushes.


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Another top Erie County Republican official has decided not to run against Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Local political aspirants and incumbents are preparing for fall balloting.

Top state and national Republican leaders hammered President Obama and questioned his motives for a planned bus tour of upstate New York to discuss access to higher education that begins in Buffalo on Thursday.

Gearing up for political convention coverage

Aug 27, 2012

WBFO & AM 970 will carry  NPR's special programming for national convention coverage.

The GOP National Convention will be held in Tampa August 27-30.  WBFO & AM 970 will provide extensive, on-air coverage each night beginning at 7 p.m. with a special, live edition of On Point, followed by NPR coverage.

Voting to formally nominate the Republican Party's presidential and vice presidential nominees is on the agenda in Tampa .