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The past weekend kicked off with the release of tape showing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump describing making aggressive sexual advances on women. It closed with a venomous debate between Trump and Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. 

Katie Meyer

The Donald Trump coalition has seen several national-level shakeups following the release of tape showing Trump making sexually aggressive comments. A handful of top Republicans have jumped ship and retracted endorsements; others have refused to campaign with him.

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New York State is touting online voter registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles this year, noting that more people then ever used the online system last month. However, with the deadline to register just days away, local Board of Election officials suggest potential voters be wary of it, and to make sure they get registered pick up or download a registration form and mail it in.

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

Republican Rep. John Katko said he will not be voting for his party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, after sexually aggressive comments Trump made about women in 2005 were leaked. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is one of many condemning Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump for his statements in the 2005 incident, where Trump spoke of women in vulgar terms, and described actions that  many view as sexual assault.

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  This election cycle has revealed America's discontent with government, and, increasingly, winning primary elections means candidates must creep further away from center, appealing to voters on the extremes. 

For Binghamton University's TIER Talks: Our Political System on Life Support, we explore the health of our political system through a series of lectures.

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(Harrisburg) -- Anyone watching Pennsylvania's polls may have noticed some shifts lately. Republican Donald Trump is down across the board this week--an average of Pennsylvania polls has him trailing by more than seven points.

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(Keystone Crossroads) Imani Sullivan waited patiently. From her seat near the back of a mostly empty Temple University auditorium, she listened to the handful of anti-poverty advocates on stage for a panel coinciding with July’s Democratic National Convention. 

Charles Compton

By admitting Syria’s war refugees into the United States, many Americans worry the country would also admit terrorists. But, the Democratic candidate in the New York’s 22nd Congressional district says they must be given sanctuary. By turning away refugees from Syria’s Civil War, Kim Myers worries the US could send them to their deaths.

Charles Compton

Jobs, Syrian Refugees and the presidential election were addressed Tuesday in a candidates' forum hosted by the Binghamton Rotary. Republican Claudia Tenney, Democrat Kim Myers and Independent Martin Babinec exchanged viewpoints during the lunch hour.  

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The two candidates for the 52nd State Senate district met for a debate at SUNY Broome on Tuesday, and disagreed most notably on campaign finance reform.

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) 22nd Congressional District hopeful Kim Myers is making a push to become more well-known in the most populous part of the district that stretches from the eastern part of Oswego County, to the Mohawk Valley, to the Southern Tier. 

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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) holds a 19-point lead over Democratic challenger Colleen Deacon, according to a poll released Monday night from Siena College/Time Warner Cable News. 

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In the race to replace disgraced former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, voters will choose between a self-styled government reformer and a state senator -- both from Montgomery County. With just over a month until Election Day, the TV ad war has begun.

F&M Poll Shows Sharp Drop For Trump In PA

Oct 4, 2016

Donald Trump's numbers have fallen in Pennsylvania, according to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall College.  

The office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a "Notice of Violation" to the Donald J. Trump Foundation and ordered the foundation to cease and desist from soliciting contributions in New York.

The notice states that the Trump Foundation failed to register with the Charities Bureau before soliciting contributions or engaging in fundraising activities.

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Jobs was a major topic at a candidate forum at SUNY Broome for the 22nd Congressional district Thursday, but climate change came up as well, and there were definite differences in how the three candidates talked about it. 

Payne Horning, WRVO

new poll finds that Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is edging out her Democratic and third-party rivals in the race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) in New York's 22nd Congressional District. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) The Libertarian Party is trying to make a name this political season, which has disaffected some voters from the major political parties. Alex Merced believes a Libertarian option gives him an edge in a race against incumbent Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). 

You could see the contrast in the eyes of the respective candidates' spokespersons, surrogates and family members after the first presidential debate of 2016 had wrapped.

As always, earnest efforts were made on both sides to claim victory — even insist on it — after the nationally televised clash between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

"Trump was especially strong on the issues in the first 45 minutes," said former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on CNN.

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Pennsylvania's US Senate race has emerged as one of the closest in the country, with Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty battling for tiny leads in state polls. In a speech Monday, Toomey worked to strike a delicate balance between appealing to his conservative base and not alienating moderates. Most importantly for that strategy, Toomey is still distancing himself from his own party's presidential nominee.

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NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are underlined in yellow, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. You can also follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story at npr.org.  


Presidential Campaigns Discuss the Great Lakes

Sep 24, 2016
Elizabeth Miller

(WXXI) Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump threw their support behind the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Thursday via surrogates speaking at a conference in Sandusky, Ohio. 

Fracking Billionaire Backs Trump

Sep 22, 2016

One of Donald Trump’s top energy top advisers warned an oil and gas conference in Pittsburgh Wednesday that a Hillary Clinton presidency would harm the drilling industry. Fracking billionaire Harold Hamm spoke to the Shale Insight Conference, telling the conference that he was impressed with Donald Trump when the two met while working on the Mitt Romney campaign, and that he thought Trump was the right choice for the oil and gas industry.

Green Party Candidate Woos Pennsylvania Students

Sep 22, 2016
Emily Reddy

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein visited Penn State Wednesday to ask for votes and volunteers. She talked to an audience of about 200 about her support for environmental movements, Black Lives Matter and free public education. Stein rejected the idea that voting for a third party was throwing away a vote. 

Why The Oil And Gas Industry Is Not Giving To Trump

Sep 21, 2016

One thing we can say about this year’s presidential election, it’s not following the rules of the game.  Take the oil and gas industry for example. Although Donald Trump is the keynote speaker at the annual Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh this week, industry executives and employees have not been opening their wallets to the Republican nominee.

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A new poll shows that Hillary Clinton is still far ahead of Donald Trump among New York voters. Clinton holds a 21-point lead over Trump among likely New York voters in the Siena College poll, down from a 25-point lead one month ago.

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Two area Congressional races will have someone new in office, no matter the outcome: New York’s 19th, which includes Oneonta and Cooperstown, and the 22nd, which includes Binghamton and Cortland. Both races are rated as "toss-ups" by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. 

In 2016, WSKG News continues to provide the in-depth elections coverage and analysis that listeners expect on the issues, debates and campaigns. In the weeks leading up to the November 8 general election, a series of debates involving candidates in local, state and national races have aired on WSKG Public Media. Here's a comprehensive list of our candidate debates and forums, including links so you can still watch them online:

NY 22nd Congressional District, Campbell Conversations with Kim Myers and Claudia Tenney

1st Presidential Debate, PBS NewsHour

Vice Presidential Debate, PBS NewsHour

NY 22nd Congressional District, Binghamton Rotary Forum

2nd Presidential Debate, PBS NewsHour

NY 19th Congressional District, New York Now   

NY SEN District 52, Binghamton Rotary Forum