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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
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(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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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
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. 

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. 

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

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.

Payne Horning, WRVO

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. 

Ben Allen, WITF

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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