Payne Horning, WRVO

Many high-profile elections this fall feature female candidates, including here in upstate New York; from Democratic challenger Colleen Deacon in central New York's 24th Congressional District to former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, a Democrat running in the 19th Congressional District. 

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(WRVO) Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Deacon is calling out her Republican opponent, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), for not criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over comments he made about Gold Star parents of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004.

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

(WRVO) Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) added his voice to a chorus of criticism regarding Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments to the Muslim parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq.

National Women's Hall of Fame

Hillary Clinton's run for President of the United States has brought an additional focus on women's rights and to the place where those rights got an important boost in the mid 19th and early 20th century.

Karen DeWitt

New York State Senate Democrats hope to take leadership of their house away from Republicans in the 2016 elections — and many believe the candidates at the top of the ticket will help them do that.


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf addressed the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday. Watch his speech here.

Cuomo Speaks To DNC

Jul 28, 2016
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Governor Cuomo got his moment on the convention stage Thursday night before Hillary Clinton’s speech. 

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While all Democratic eyes are on Philadelphia, Republicans were lining up a few hours north, in Scranton. 

Trump Angles For Blue-Collar Vote In Scranton

Jul 28, 2016
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Riding on a sizeable poll bump following the Republican National Convention, presidential nominee Donald Trump made a beeline for Scranton, PA for his first rally as the GOP's official pick for president.


On Day Three of the Democratic National Convention, Casey Seiler of the Times Union and Karen DeWitt of New York Public Radio sit down with the chief strategist for the Senate Democrats' efforts to retake the State Senate, Senator Mike Gianaris of Queens.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a full schedule Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, aimed at showcasing some of his strengths, including supporting LGBT rights and helping the homeless. But first, he shared the stage with Hillary Clinton’s primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

ConventionCast | Bernie Sanders Delegates React

Jul 26, 2016
Karen DeWitt

How are the Bernie Sanders delegates feeling after Monday's tumultuous day at the DNC revolving around Hillary Clinton's primary challenger? Casey Seiler of the Times Union and Karen DeWitt of New York Public Radio talk to two Bernie delegates from New York, Assemblyman Phil Steck and working mother Josephine Moore, to find out.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a surprise guest at  the New York delegation breakfast, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. 

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(WXXI) Some say because Hillary Clinton has been a political figure for decades, it's not that big of a deal that her name will appear on the top of the Democratic ticket in November.

Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

In a discussion on the first day of the Democratic National Conventions seven mayors from six states agreed that there's a disconnect between local governments and their state and federal counterparts.

Trump, Clinton To Stump In PA This Week

Jul 26, 2016
Karen DeWitt

 Pennsylvania is being mentioned as up for grabs in the November presidential election. Both campaigns are showing how important commonwealth voters are by scheduling events this week.

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It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but the focus Monday was on her primary challenger, Bernie Sanders, and his delegates, who continue to stew over a WikiLeaks release of Democratic National Committee emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders. 

Karen DeWitt

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner join Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Casey Seiler of the Times Union to share their thoughts on the Democratic National Convention, the DNC email controversy, and Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio's relationship.

Karen DeWitt

The resignation of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the release of emails showing her staff favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders has overshadowed the beginning of the Democratic National Convention. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) New York state will have a big presence at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Among the politicians who will speak from the podium, the state’s two senators.  

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New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said his position on climate change is "evolving." The Republican representative recently signed onto a resolution that acknowledges a human role in causing climate change related to erratic and damaging weather patterns. That's a reversal from his 2014 campaign when he said it was unclear if human activities had any influence. 

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Retiring central New York Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Hanna) said he will not support the GOP's candidate in the race for his seat. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney won the Republican primary for New York's 22nd Congressional District in June, defeating the candidate Hanna endorsed, Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells. 

Karen DeWitt

Now that the Republican National Convention is over, the next step for the GOP is to begin the presidential general election campaign. The head of Trump’s New York campaign says he expects the state to be in play.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in a speech to New York’s delegates, assailed Hillary Clinton for her husband’s extramarital affairs when he was President in the 1990’s. He said Hillary tried to shut the women up.

GOP Eyes PA, Hoping For A Rightward Swing

Jul 21, 2016
Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

As conservatives from around the country gather at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, extra attention is given to potential swing states. This year, Pennsylvania is being put into the mix.

Matt Ryan, WMHT

Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Casey Seiler of the Times Union sit down with Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino. Paladino explains why he thinks the political landscape is rapidly shifting and why political correctness is on the way out.

Karen DeWitt

New York’s delegation to the Republican National Convention is in the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the presidential nomination in Cleveland this week.

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New York’s delegates have high hopes for their nominee Donald Trump’s speech Thursday night, but some also want him to tone down some of his rhetoric and act more presidential. 

Karen DeWitt

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins talks to Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Casey Seiler of the Times Union. Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump and run interference when the presumptive Republican nominee made some of his more controversial comments.

Karen DeWitt

(WRVO) Among the many Republican public officials sitting out of this week's GOP national convention is central New York Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld). The moderate congressman reiterated that he does not support nor will he vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.