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. 

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(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.

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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.

Karen DeWitt

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate running against Chuck Schumer, Wendy Long, faces great odds in her campaign against the powerful and popular third term Senator. Long addressed the New York delegation Tuesday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo does not expect the have a prominent speaking role at next week's Democratic National Convention.

Karen DeWitt

Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt is reporting from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio this week. DeWitt, along with regular contributors to New York Now, will be bringing us podcasts from the road featuring members of each party. 

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New York’s delegation at the Republican National Convention heard from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at their breakfast meeting Monday. Gingrich offered them a game plan for winning in New York in November. 

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The Republican national convention begins in Cleveland Monday. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has offered only lukewarm support in the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the State Senate, said this week he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races. 

Supporters of the two "outsider" candidates in the presidential race are finding obstacles to attending the national conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland.

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Now that the primary is over, New York candidates for Congress can get started on the general election - when more voters are paying attention. Upstate in particular should see a lot of competitive races.

Teachout, Faso Set For Competitive Race

Jun 29, 2016
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The frontrunners in the 19th Congressional District coasted to easy victories in yesterday's primaries. Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso now square off to replace Chris Gibson, who’s stepping down from the seat.

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Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney of Oneida County secured the Republican nomination to succeed Richard Hanna in New York's 22nd Congressional District, which includes Binghamton and Utica.

Voters go to the polls in five states on Tuesday, where congressional primaries in New York and Colorado in particular could have an important impact on key competitive House and Senate races.

Democrats hope to contest as many as four congressional seats in the Empire State, a place that could prove critical in whether they're able to flip the 30 they need to win back the House.

Teachout, Faso Way Ahead In Latest Poll

Jun 27, 2016
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The latest Siena College poll for the 19th Congressional District gives Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso commanding leads over their rivals. 

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After staying neutral throughout a divisive Republican primary for New York's 22nd Congressional District, retiring Rep. Richard Hanna is endorsing Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells to replace him. But, will his support may be more of a burden than a benefit?

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  The current political climate has Libertarians hoping for a big year. The party has nominated former Republican Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson for President.

Michael Lopreste imagines it would be easier if he had the sort of job that allowed him to simply walk away from a co-worker's political diatribe. But as sales manager of a high-end furniture chain, he often can't afford to.

"Being in sales, we're kind of this captive audience," Lopreste says. "You know, you want to make the client feel at ease, you want to make them feel important, you want to be able to have a good rapport with them. And a lot of times that manifests itself by being able to mirror back what they're saying, or perfecting the nod and smile."

Responding to the Orlando shootings in a New Hampshire speech Monday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used the appearance to expand on his previous call to temporarily ban all Muslims from immigrating to the United States.

"The only reason the killer was in America in the first place is because we allowed his family to come here," Trump said. "That is a fact, and a fact we need to talk about."

The day after the deadliest mass shooting in American history, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton warned against the possibility of future attacks and went after Donald Trump for "inflammatory" rhetoric.

"The threat is metastasizing," Clinton said in a speech in Cleveland. "We saw this in Paris, and we saw it in Brussels. We face a twisted ideology and poisoned psychology that inspires the so-called lone wolves: radicalized individuals who may or may not have contact and direction from any formal organization."

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Republicans and Democrats running to replace Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional district met to debate their primary opponents in Oneonta Wednesday night.