June 28, 2012 - 11:05 AM
The News features a live chat on Politics Now weekly at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Today's is hosted by News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski, with the focus being on politics in the nation's capital and the resulting effect on Western New York.
The schedule for other Politics Now chats is: First Thursday of month: Jill Terreri on Buffalo City Hall; second: Denise Jewell Gee on Erie County Hall; third: Tom Precious on Albany. The News' Bob McCarthy also joins the chats when available.
June 27, 2012 - 12:05 PM
Manhattan attorney Wendy Long posted a convincing victory Tuesday in a three-way race for the GOP Senate nomination, easily knocking off Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Rep. Bob Turner of Queens.
Long, indeed, emerged as the "upstate candidate," winning handily in place like Erie County with 63 percent of the vote. That compared to 29 percent for Turner and 8 percent for Maragos.
She now will face incumbent Democrat Kirsten E. Gillibrand in November.
But the win was especially sweet for Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy, who early on signed on with Long.
"She did really well upstate, and we were happy to contribute to her margin of victory," he said late Tuesday.
She was "welcomed" to the campaign by Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright of Manhattan, co-chairman of the state Democratic Party.
"The Republican nominee is a candidate who supports wasteful tax subsidies for big oil and gas companies making record profits, at the expense of tax cuts for the middle class, won't protect our nation's commitment to Social Security and Medicare, will oppose a woman's right to choose and access to birth control, and is against equal rights for all New Yorkers” Wright said.
Let the games begin.
--Robert J. McCarthy
June 26, 2012 - 7:59 PM
WASHINGTON -- The past week in Congress offered yet more proof that Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, is not exactly walking in the footsteps of Democratic leaders.
As the House considered a bill reducing regulations on federal lands, most Democrats, including Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo and Rep. Louise M. Slaughter of Fairport, voted no. But Hochul voted yes.
And on energy legislation, Democrats opposed moves boosting oil drilling in Alaska, encouraging mining on public lands and encouraging drilling off the Virginia Coast -- but Hochul supported them. Higgins, Slaughter and most other Democrats also opposed the GOP's full energy bill, citing its possible negative environmental impact -- but Hochul voted for it.
Meanwhile on the Senate side, the big news was that a bill actually passed. New farm legislation drew bipartisan support, including the backing of New York's two Democratic senators, Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand.
Here are the votes of Western New York's four members of the House of Representatives and the state's two U.S. senators on major legislation in Congress last week. A "Y" means the member voted for the measure; an "N" means the member voted against the measure; an "A" means the member did not vote.
* Regulating the Use of Federal Lands — The House passed the Conservation and Economic Growth Act sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. The bill would reduce regulations governing economic and recreation activity on federal lands. Denham said the bill encouraged the use of federal lands to improve the economy and create jobs by cutting regulatory obstacles to developing hydropower and other projects. An opponent, Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., said the bill would degrade environmental protections that ensure clean water and clean air.
The vote June 19 was 232 yeas to 188 nays.
Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, N; Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, Y; Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, Y; Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, N.
June 26, 2012 - 6:16 PM
June 24, 2012 - 10:04 AM
Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.
Age: Ask Siri, she has all the answers.
Job Title: Erie County Legislator, 9th District
Family: Husband, Tim. Four children: Jack, 14; Erin, 12; Owen, 9; and Caroline, 6. I am also blessed to still have my parents, as well as three siblings who all live in the area.
Town: I have lived in Hamburg for the past 14 years.
Education: West Virginia University, Bachelors in English.
June 23, 2012 - 8:00 AM
Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog, you'll find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Here's a sampling of what they were reading this week:
"Jersey Boys," Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic: The journalist spends a night with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a Bruce Springsteen concert, and Christie explains why Bruce can reach everyone.
"Rubio gets sidelined on immigration reform," Major Garrett, National Journal. The White House's latest moves on immigration could frustrate Sen. Marco Rubio, the potential vice presidential nominee and rising GOP star.
"With elections awash in cash, there's blame to go around," John Harwood, The New York Times. Citizen's United isn't the only thing that opened the floodgates to cash in elections. President Obama might be to blame, too.
"Supreme Court health care ruling likely to have long-term fallout," Karen Tumulty, Washington Post. Most Americans will be unhappy with the result, whatever the justices decide.
"'Ridiculous': Rangel trashes 'Times' endorsements of his rivals, then and now," Azi Paybarah, The Capital: Rep. Charles Rangel talks about how he gave a member of the New York Times Editorial Board a piece of his mind.
June 22, 2012 - 6:03 PM
Manhattan attorney Wendy Long Friday snared the endorsement of former Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco, who said he was impressed by the candidate's commitment to upstate issues as she competes in Tuesday's Republican primaray for the U.S. Senate.
"When she first entered the race, her first stop was Erie Coutny," Vacco said. "That said a lot to me about her character and vision, and that she will be aware that the state exists beyond just the economic and media center of downstate."
Vacco also said the GOP should take advantage of every opportunity to advance the candidacies of women and minorities, "especially if they share the view of limited government."
The former attorney general said he is scheduled to deliver automated telephone calls around the state this weekend in support of Long's candidacy.
Long will face off on Tuesday with Rep. Bob Turner of Queens and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos for the right to face Democratic incumbent Kirsten E. Gillibrand in November.
--Robert J. McCarthy
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Robert J. McCarthy
A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.
Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.
Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.
Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.
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