Cuomo Chooses Unions Over Grassroots Progressives

ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The Working Families Party split up over the weekend, with some of the last remaining major unions leaving the group. The progressive political party announced it is backing Cynthia Nixon for governor, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo withdrew from consideration, saying he’s sticking with the major unions, for now.

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., speaks during an interview at his campaign office in Allentown in November 2016.

Moderate GOP Rep. Charlie Dent To Resign

The centrist Pennsylvania Republican was already part of a record number of GOP lawmakers who weren’t running for re-election in November, but on Tuesday Dent announced he would step down soon.

Cynthia Nixon Wins Working Families Party Endorsement

ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – TV’s Sex and the City star and education advocate Cynthia Nixon won the endorsement of the Working Families Party at a meeting in Albany Saturday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running in a Democratic primary against Nixon, dropped out of contention for the party’s nomination Friday night, after delegates were leaning toward Nixon. “I am so proud to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party,” Nixon told the enthusiastic crowd of progressive and activist groups. She said that New York would be different if she were in charge, she promised to end cash bail, make New York a sanctuary state for immigrants, and phase out fossil fuels. “When I am governor I will push this state ambitiously, aggressively toward a 100 percent renewal energy economy,” said Nixon, who said thousands of green jobs could be created, including in communities hard hit by “corporate polluters”.

A Key Third Party In New York Splits Up

A key progressive third party in New York splintered Friday, as two major unions withdrew from the Working Families Party. Those still in the WFP say it makes it more likely that the activist groups remaining in the party will endorse Cynthia Nixon over Governor Andrew Cuomo in a party meeting on Saturday.

Despite Conflicting Claims, It’s Unclear Who’s Really Ahead In GOP Primary

HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — In the midst of releasing negative, personal campaign ads, GOP gubernatorial candidates Paul Mango and Scott Wagner are also clashing over their own poll numbers. However, too little information is ultimately available to assess where the primary race stands with potential voters. Wagner recently released results from an internal poll by the conservative research firm McLaughlin and Associates, showing he holds a nearly 27-point lead. Mango countered with surveys that show a closer race, including one from Susquehanna Polling and Research that had Wagner with just a three-point lead. The full results aren’t public.