It's Confirmed: Turzai Is Running For PA Governor

Nov 15, 2017
Emma Lee, WHYY

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After months of deliberation, state House Speaker Mike Turzai has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor. 

The Pittsburgh-area lawmaker is now the fourth GOP challenger to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, who's seeking a second term.

The field also includes conservative Republican state Senator Scott Wagner, lawyer Laura Ellsworth, and former health care systems consultant Paul Mango.

Turzai has served in the House since 2001, and became speaker two years ago.

Katie Meyer

In most states, the legislature is in charge of designing Congressional and state voting districts.

Pennsylvania isn't unique in that respect.

But some say the commonwealth is home to some of the nation's starkest examples of gerrymandering -- where the shape of a voting district is manipulated to produce the outcome desired by the party in charge. 

The term is over 200 years old. It was coined by a Boston newspaper's coverage of maps produced in Massachusetts in 1812 during the term of Gov. Elbridge Gerry, which featured salamander-shaped district loosely coiled around Boston.

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State Senator Scott Wagner is taking an unorthodox step in his campaign for governor. 

The conservative York County Republican has named a running mate—real estate developer and political outsider Jeff Bartos.

In some ways, the decision is only symbolic.

Pennsylvania’s primary system requires candidates for lieutenant governor to campaign separately from gubernatorial hopefuls. The winners from each party are automatically paired together.

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ALBANY (WSKG) - Governor Cuomo, one day after Democratic victories in elections in New York State and the nation, is calling on  warring democratic factions in the State Senate to unify. 

Cuomo used some of his strongest language yet in urging rank and file Democrats in the State Senate to reunite with the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, saying all need to put their “egos” aside.

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For the last time before next week’s election, the candidates in Binghamton’s mayoral race met today for a forum.  Both men credit their opponent with good intentions and some good ideas.  Democratic candidate Tarik Abdelazim once served as the city’s Director of Planning, Housing, and Community Development.  When he served at city hall, Abdelazim says they successfully cut expenses. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State representatives are trying to figure out how to stop voter registration glitches that have allowed over 500 non-citizens to vote in state and national elections since 2000. 

That was the focus of a state government committee hearing Wednesday.

But after dissolving into partisan shouting matches several times, lawmakers left the session saying they don't agree on how to handle the situation--or even how serious it is.

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ALBANY (WSKG) - There’s some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention.

New Yorkers have a choice of voting yes or no on three proposition questions on the November ballot.

A posting that has gone viral on social media is spreading some misinformation to voters. It warns against what it says is a “sneaky and underhanded” rule regarding the question on Proposition One- whether New York should hold a Constitutional Convention.

Miner says she will not run for Congress in 2018

Oct 23, 2017

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Thursday that she will not run for Congress in 2018. 

Miner's name has come up a number of times as a possible Democratic challenger to Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) for the 24th Congressional District seat. But in a statement, Miner says she will not run. 

Karen DeWitt

We walk up the trail to the summit of Hadley Mountain  in the southern Adirondacks, fallen leaves crunching underfoot.

The wind picks up a bit as we climb up the fire tower for the panoramic view.

“We’re looking at the most marvelous combination of balsam fir and northern hardwood trees on a ridge line that stretches north,” said David Gibson, with Adirondack Wild. “From here we can see the high peaks of the Adirondack Park.”

The role of the traditional political parties is being called into question on the national and local levels. Syracuse’s mayoral race offers a few examples of candidates outside the mainstream trying to break through.

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

ALBANY (WSKG) - Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race. Miner said if she does run for governor, it won’t be a conventional campaign.

Another Democrat has announced she will seek the party’s nomination to run against Rep. John Katko's (R-Camillus) 24th Congressional District seat next year. Dana Balter, a Syracuse University professor, said she was compelled to run after the results of the 2016 election. Balter said she feels like the country, its people and its values are all being threatened in the wake of last year’s election.

Today is Primary Day in upstate New York and most voters will begin casting their ballots at noon. This year, the Onondaga County Board of Elections has had an unusual amount of challenges to petition signatures collected by candidates.

Pennsylvania's 2018 Election Already Underway

Sep 1, 2017
Ben Allen / WITF

(Harrisburg) -- Statewide political party leaders are starting to hone their messaging for--and against--candidates, more than a year before the midterm elections Particular attention is already being paid to Pennsylvania's US Senate race, between incumbent Democrat Bob Casey and one of several Republican challengers. 

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(Harrisburg) - A midstate Congressman plans to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate later today. Campaign spokesman Jon Anzur tells The Associated Press Republican Lou Barletta is slated to release a video announcing his run for the Senate seat held by two-term Democrat Bob Casey.

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A left-leaning group is asking the state’s top politicians to give back donations from a hedge fund manager who made racially charged comments against New York’s only black female legislative leader. But so far, most — including Gov. Andrew Cuomo — have held on to the money. 

Daniel Loeb, the founder and chief executive of the multi-billion-dollar hedge fund Third Point LLC, received attention when, in a Facebook post, he compared the leader of the state Senate Democrats, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to the Ku Klux Klan.

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(WRVO) Central New York Republican state Sen. John DeFrancisco has been traveling around upstate meeting with members of his party to discuss the possibility of him running for governor next year. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A longtime Republican state lawmaker is seriously exploring a bid for lieutenant governor. Senator David Argall, of Schuylkill County, said controversies surrounding current Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack's behavior strongly influenced his decision to run. 

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There’s growing pressure on a group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate to reunite with the mainstream Democrats and form a majority to rule the Senate. 

At a rally in Harlem, many of the state’s top African-American politicians, chanting “Andrea, Andrea,” voiced their support for the current leader of Senate Democrats, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to become the majority leader of the Senate.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - A challenger for Democratic US Senator Bob Casey's seat is likely to announce his candidacy within the next few weeks. GOP Congressman Lou Barletta would be Casey's highest-profile challenger to date.  


SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) is getting backlash for comments she made about an opponent's family member. The Republican questioned Democratic candidate Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) because his father is a former criminal attorney who represented clients with ties to organized crime, remarks that many are calling an ethnic slur and inappropriate in general.  

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s name has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, but first, he may be facing some obstacles to win a third term as governor in 2018.

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The second voter survey in two weeks shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating plummeting to a near record low. 

Payne Horning, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The first Democratic challenger to central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) has joined the race.  

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A handful of states - including New York - have several Congressional races considered toss ups. The results could determine who controls the House of Representatives in next year’s midterm elections.

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Later this summer, the new Tappan Zee Bridge will be named in honor of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, the current governor’s father. But the renaming of the bridge came with a bit of controversy. 

Brindisi Joins Congressional Race In 22nd District

Jun 29, 2017
Payne Horning, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) is running for Congress in the 22nd District, looking to challenge his former colleague in the Assembly, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford). 

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A faction of breakaway Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference has been in the news lately for receiving stipend payments for chairing committees that the Senators in fact did not chair. Here’s a look at the history of this power-brokering group of senators and what may be in store for its future.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed Tuesday to help defeat the state’s Republican members of the House of Representatives when they are up for election next year.

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A new poll finds New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is at his highest approval rating in three years.