From the local home for cargo planes to the ongoing aftermath of the same-sex marriage vote, our local pols, political issues and policies are making news elsewhere. Here's a quick look at a few of the highlights.
With a new round of military base closings on the horizon, The Hill's Kevin Bogardus says lobbyists are gearing up for work from community's looking to save their installations. Bogardus' reports that a number of lobbying firms are starting to hear from former clients. He mentions Hyjek & Fix, who still represents the Niagara Military Affairs Council, which worked to help save the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. -- Defense lobbyists mobilize for Obama administration's round of base closures, The Hill.
The Albany Times Union's Jimmy Vielkind reported from the state Conservative Party's political action conference, where a network of evangelical Christians said they would be taking aim at State Senate Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage last year, including Western New York's Mark Grisanti. --Conservatives air primary issues, Albany Times Union
City & State's The Notebook blog reports that the Rev. Al Sharpton and others are taking issue with proposed redistricting lines upstate -- including in Buffalo -- which would would "unfairly divide up black communities." Al Sharpton: Senate GOP 'Treating us like dogs after crumbs', The Notebook
The Associated Press looked at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's upcoming run for re-election, which was published before The News' Bob McCarthy wrote that challenger Marc Cenedella was dropping out of the race. Republicans have high hopes that a win over Gillibrand is possible for them, the AP reports. 2 Senate runs in 2 years: NY's Gillibrand gears up, Assocated Press