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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. 

Emma Lee, WHYY

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.  

Katie Meyer

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. 

Katie Meyer

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
Katie Meyer

(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. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

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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A faction of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate has been gaining members lately, but they are now facing a backlash, including raucous opposition at meetings in their districts. 

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ALBANY (WSKG) - New York State Senate Leader John Flanagan said he’s not running for governor right now, but in an interview with New York state public radio and television, he admitted that he’s thought about it from time to time. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The 2018 gubernatorial race is in its very early stages, and its two declared candidates are already making moves to get their campaigns rolling. 

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(Keystone Crossroads) In the weeks since the November election, Pennsylvania has been the subject of much discussion. Buoyed by the bright blue cities on either side, the state had voted Democrat in every presidential election since 1986. This year, it was one of the states that swung red and pushed Donald Trump into the White House. 

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Hundreds of thousands of people are headed to D.C. for the inauguration and for the Women’s March on Washington. WSKG caught up with one group in the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania as they prepared for the voyage. 

Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

Matt Pacifico doesn't look like a typical mayor. He's young and hip, with an earring, and a stormtrooper helmet behind his desk. When Pacifico first ran for mayor of Altoona four years ago, he'd never held elected office, though he did have experience running a successful family business — "except I did it before Donald Trump made it cool."  

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(WXXI) At the Golden Globe Awards this year, Meryl Streep received an honorary award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. In her acceptance speech, she criticized President-elect Trump for mocking a reporter with a disability. Trump, who denies that, dismissed Streep’s comments on Twitter.

Katie Meyer

(York County) -- Republican State Senator Scott Wagner is the first person to throw his hat into the 2018 race for governor.  He made the official announcement Wednesday at the York County headquarters of his trash hauling company. 

Politicians On The Loose At PA Farm Show

Jan 11, 2017

The 101st annual Pennsylvania Farm Show is in full swing this week, and inside the mazelike farm show complex in Harrisburg it's business as usual.

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) Some central New Yorkers are urging Congress to reject some of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. They brought their message to the Federal Building during a protest in Syracuse Monday. 

Trump News Conference Fact Checker

Jan 10, 2017
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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am on Wednesday. We will be fact-checking and providing background to his remarks in real-time. We will be paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and national security.

Bret Jaspers / WSKG News

(WRVO) When Sen. Charles Schumer becomes Senate minority leader January 3, he will be one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation, at a time when the party is the weakest it’s been since the Great Depression. But the New Yorker says he has a plan to pull the party back into power. 

(Harrisburg) -- An independent report from an academic group has given Pennsylvania a dismal ranking in how well it conducts its elections. The Electoral Integrity Project--which is based out of Harvard University and the University of Sydney--has the Keystone State tied for fifth-worst in the country. 

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The first female representative from the 22nd Congressional District is preparing to assume office. 

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(Harrisburg) -- The nonpartisan Cook Political Report recently came out with dozens of observations about the November election, including several that propose Donald Trump's victory can be boiled down to wins in just three counties.

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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's 20 electors have cast their ballots for president, and despite receiving thousands of letters and emails urging them to defy election results, the decision was unanimous: as expected, they all voted for Trump. 

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