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Video: Week in Washington - Looming budget battle and jailing bankers?

Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski talks about what stories he'll be working on, including a looming federal budget battle and a Senator who thinks some bankers belong in jail.


Video: Week in Washington - The 'fiscal cliff'

Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski has several in-depth stories in the works about the "fiscal cliff" and what it all means for Western New Yorkers.


Bring your comments and questions to our Election Day chat

The Buffalo News and will have all the issues and races covered on Election Day from the minute you wake up until the results unfold.

Starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, we'll have a live chat with guests to talk about the important issues, key races and the latest updates from across Western New York. Reporters Mary Pasciak and Patrick Lakamp will be your hosts. We'll also bring you insight from Political Reporter Bob McCarthy and Columnist Donn Esmonde. Here's what we have so far in terms of guests:

*10 a.m.: Reporter Gene Warner on what early-morning voters were saying at the polls

*10:30 a.m.: Deputy Managing Editor Stan Evans on what to watch for throughout the day

*11 a.m.: Washington Columnist Doug Turner on the national scene

*12 p.m.: Turner and Managing Editor Brian Connolly open it up for a discussion with readers

*1:10 p.m.: Health Reporter Henry Davis on health care issues

*1:40 p.m.: Business Editor Grove Potter on economic issues

*2:10 p.m.: Siena Research Institute pollster Steven A. Greenberg

*2:40 p.m.: Editorial Page Editor John Neville on The Buffalo News' endorsement process

*3:10 p.m.: Reporter Dan Herbeck on the Seneca Nation elections

*3:40 p.m.: Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski reports from Chicago

*4:10 p.m.: Buffalo News Editor Mike Connelly gives a Florida perspective

*4:40 p.m.: Reporter Jay Rey from the swing state of Ohio

*4:55 p.m.: Reporter Matt Glynn on local town board upsizing votes

*5:10 p.m.: Reporter Barbara O'Brien on area State Assembly races

*5:40 p.m.: Reporter Sandra Tan on the Erie County comptroller's race

*6:10 p.m.: Rochester D&C Reporter Jessica Alaimo on the Slaughter-Brooks race

*6:25 p.m.: Reporter Thomas J. Prohaska on the Witryol-Maziarz State Senate race

*6:40 p.m.: Reporter Denise Jewell Gee on the Collins-Hochul race

*7:10 p.m.: Reporter Charity Vogel on the Grisanti-Amodeo-Swanick race

*7:40 p.m.: Reporter Tom Precious reports from Boston

*8 p.m.: Metro Columnist Donn Esmonde chimes in

*8:30 p.m.: Political Reporter Bob McCarthy

We've also got a live video broadcast starting at noon. Check out that schedule.

Siena poll: NY27 race between Hochul and Collins is even

(Buffalo News file photos)

It's a dead heat.

Read Bob McCarthy's story about the latest Siena poll in this Western New York Congressional race.

Video: Week in Washington with Jerry Zremski

Analyzing the latest votes in Congress

Last week in Congress: How our representatives voted with analysis from News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski


WASHINGTON — Here are the votes of Western New York's four members of the House of Representatives 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. There were no key votes in the Senate.


Increasing Debt Limit

The House approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, expressing disapproval of the president's exercise of authority to increase the debt limit.Reed said the growing debt "will destroy the American Dream if we do not stand up to the plate and lead us out of this fiscal nightmare that we now find ourselves in." He added that the resolution will show the House's leadership on deficit reduction.

An opponent, Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., said the resolution would put the U.S. government "back to the brink of default" on its debt obligations and distracted the House "from addressing the real needs of the American people."

The vote Wednesday was 239 yeas to 176 nays. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, N; Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, N; Reed, Y; Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, N.

Jerry Zremski's analysis: The most telling thing about this vote is that it was the ONLY SUBSTANTIVE ONE held in the House last week. Welcome to the way of the world in Congress in election year 2012, where very little will be on the agenda except what absolutely has to be.

This measure was on the agenda because the debt-ceiling deal from last summer gave House Republicans the chance to take a symbolic stand against President Obama's decision to increase the borrowing cap. There is no chance of this resolution going anywhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate, meaning House Republicans could use the vote to flex their budget-cutting muscles without actually having to do any heavy lifting -- and without potentially throwing the economy into chaos with a federal default.

It's a vote rich in irony, though. After all, the debt ceiling had to be raised to cover expenses that the government had already made -- with the approval of budget legislation last year by many of the very same Republicans who voted against raising the debt ceiling last week. It's sort of like running up debts on your credit card, and then refusing to pay, knowing all along that your wife (or husband) will pay the bill for you.

-- Jerry Zremski


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The News' Fairbanks discusses Hochul's win on NPR

News Staff Reporter Phil Fairbanks analyzed Kathy Hochul's victory in New York's 26th Congressional District race today on NPR's "Talk of the Nation."

Download the audio and take it with you

Special election live chat: 4 p.m. through the victory speech

Candidates turned down interactive opportunity with News readers

The Buffalo News reached out to the three leading candidates in the special election in an attempt to set up a live chat with each one this past month, but none of the candidates accepted.

Live chats provide an online forum for readers to submit questions to be asked by a moderator. Jane Corwin, Jack Davis and Kathy Hochul each declined the opportunity to participate in such a forum.

Review chat with The News' Phil Fairbanks on special election

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Robert J. McCarthy

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

Tom Precious

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

Jill Terreri

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.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

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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