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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. 

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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
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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. 

Mango Stakes Out Conservative Outsider Territory

May 19, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Paul Mango, a health care consultant running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, has so far kept an extremely low profile. Mango still hasn't granted any media interviews. But speeches at his official campaign announcement events have shed a little light on the man who, at this stage, is a political unknown. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - While the town hall went on inside, protesters vented their frustrations about Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) outside the venue at Onondaga Community College. The rally organized by CNY Solidarity, objected to the rules and random selection of audience members at the town hall. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Governor Tom Wolf is working to make the case for his reelection. The first-term Democrat gave a keynote speech Monday morning at a breakfast event attended by lawmakers and business leaders from around the region. He took the opportunity to set himself apart from the corruption fears that have lately plagued Washington. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- When Philadelphia hosted the Democratic National Convention last summer, the commonwealth donated a $10 million taxpayer-funded grant to help finance it. 

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A new online ad featuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo and promoting tolerance has once again fueled talk that New York’s governor may be planning a presidential run. There are some questions, though, about the ad and its donors. 

The ad, which for now is only running online, features Cuomo and several well-known actors, including Steve Buscemi and Whoopi Goldberg. All claim to be something other than they actually are to promote the message of unity and tolerance in a diverse state.

“As a New Yorker, I am black,” Cuomo says in the ad.

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GETTYSBURG (WSKG) -- Every ten years, states redraw their legislative districts based on new census data. And in Pennsylvania, that invariably means both parties trying to leverage the process to get a partisan advantage. 

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Democrats in the state Senate remain hopeful that they will regain the numerical majority and control of the chamber after a special election is held later this month.

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Democrats in upstate New York say they may be down from the losses they suffered in the 2016 election, but not out. Party officials hope the pushback to the Republican administration in Washington, D.C., will sweep local Democrats to victory later this year. 

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As President Donald Trump approaches 100 days in office, three midstate GOP congressmen are reminding conservatives they're not going to get everything on their wish list. Representatives Lou Barletta, Charlie Dent, and Scott Perry all spoke bluntly about the challenges ahead for Republicans. Congressman Charlie Dent is a leader of a group of moderates in Congress known as the Tuesday Group and he was the most direct. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A group that represents nonprofits in Pennsylvania is concerned about a move that could allow these kinds of organizations to endorse political candidates. President Donald Trump has pledged to "totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment. The amendment - in place since 1954 - bans nonprofits from endorsing or opposing a political candidate. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - The 2018 gubernatorial election is still well over a year away. But already, Republicans are announcing intentions to contest Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf's bid for reelection.

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New York’s Democratic Congressional delegation is pressing a measure to prevent federal Medicaid funding cuts to the state.  

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Over a dozen county commissioners from Pennsylvania's northern tier are working to organize around an issue that directly impacts their constituents: natural gas drilling. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- One of Washington's most moderate Republicans, Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent, has spent the last several weeks trying to urge his colleagues to compromise over healthcare. 

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The smallest faction in the divided New York State Senate, the Independent Democratic Conference, has been permitted by the ruling party Republicans to issue its own alternate spending plan. That has angered the rest of the Democrats.

Trump Supporters Attempt To Flip The Script

Mar 6, 2017
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(Harrisburg) -- It's a balmy thirty-five degrees and windy in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. But in a vacant lot off a busy road across the street from a TGI Fridays, a couple dozen flag-toting ralliers are undeterred.

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In the past few presidential elections, rural voters have been shifting ever closer to Republicans. And in many of those areas, the GOP dominates local politics, too. Upstate New York is no different, outside of urban areas like Rochester and college towns like Ithaca, which tend to vote Democratic. 

First GOP Challenger Enters PA's US Senate Race

Feb 28, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A Republican state lawmaker has jumped into Pennsylvania's 2018 US Senate race. Representative Rick Saccone of Allegheny County held an official announcement conference in the Capitol rotunda on Monday. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A nationwide protest movement applying pressure on lawmakers to resist President Donald Trump's agenda has reached central and northern New York. The coordinated campaigns are starting to target local members of congress by pressuring them to hold town hall meetings. 

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A Democratic state lawmaker is calling on Governor Tom Wolf’s administration to modernize Pennsylvania’s archaic campaign finance website. Rep. Greg Vitali (D- Delaware) says updating the site would go a long way toward transparency. Vitali recently published a report on the natural gas industry, showing what he describes as its outsized political influence in Harrisburg. 

What's Next For Pennsylvania's Democrats?

Feb 14, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The 2016 general election wasn't too kind to Democrats in the Keystone State. Not only did the commonwealth go red in the presidential election for the first time since 1988, Republicans gained their biggest majorities in the state House and Senate since the Eisenhower administration. 

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