A panel tasked with drawing new legislative districts for members of Congress and the state Legislature still hasn’t received funding allocated in this year’s state budget.
A panel tasked with drawing new legislative districts for members of Congress and the state Legislature still hasn’t received funding allocated in this year’s state budget.
The GOP-backed resolution means counties will turn over voting data within the next 45 days..
While the state already requires counties to audit a portion of ballots in every race, GOP caucus spokesman Mike Straub said the legislature should examine what it alleges are “the impacts of interference.”
Some have taken a more defiant approach, including several rank-and-file members of the House Republican Caucus.
“I want to be able to disagree with one another, to speak our truth. But I want to do it in a way that I don’t feel contempt or feel tempted to dehumanize the other person.”
“The teachings of at least the Haudenosaunee people are that the decisions we make today impact seven generations into the future and so that weighs heavy on people’s minds.”
“We knew that there is an overwhelming Democratic absentee vote that has to be counted still in a lot of our districts.”
“Something was systematically wrong with the polls generally, not just here, but across the country. Clearly, I think there was an underestimation of the Republican side of the turnout.”
This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all eligible voters were allowed to cast mail in ballots, and they have not yet been counted, and may not be for several days.
To find out who wins this year’s Congressional contests in New York State will require patience. The pandemic transformed how this election was run in New York State. The vast number of ballots cast by mail before Election Day could lengthen the amount of time it takes to count all the votes. But that won’t mean there are problems with the results.
While Democrat Joe Biden is heavily favored to win the state over President Donald Trump, there is plenty of action in congressional and state races for voters to weigh in on.
Reports are flying that President Donald Trump may try to falsely claim electoral victory Tuesday night before states like Pennsylvania finish counting ballots.
President Trump told the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group The Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”
“There’s no gimmies. In this election cycle in a state like New York there’s no automatics. So wherever there is an open seat, we have to be invested and take it very seriously.”
While voter turnout is expected to break records this election, the right to vote for some Latinos was not always a guarantee.
More than three-fourths of Republicans are planning to vote in person, while a majority of Democrats said they have or will cast a mail-in ballot.
“The placement and the removal of the adhesive, will add to the erosion of the headstone, and certainly just as a precautionary measure, they’ve put that in place.”
Unaffiliated voters aren’t talked about a lot but they can be the difference between winning and losing close elections. They wonder why should they compromise their beliefs to join a political party.
“We’re anticipating a very big turnout in early voting, it seems easier than Election Day, but we have no idea.”
A survey of Pennsylvanians who did not vote in 2016, found nearly half of nonvoters wanted to cast ballots on Election Day, but were held back by logistical issues — bucking the stereotype of nonvoters as people who are checked out of politics.
“The closer the race, the longer it will take to know who the winner is, and oftentimes you do know within 24-36 hours because it’s not a very, very close race.”
More than two dozen election officials said they’ll set up at least a drop box or two monitored by a law enforcement official, security camera or both.
“[The ruling] jeopardizes the security and integrity of our elections and will potentially put Pennsylvania in the middle of a disastrous national crisis.”
New Yorkers who are not currently registered to vote in the November elections have until October 9th to do so.
The Let NY Vote Coalition says pre-paying postage on return envelopes for absentee ballots will reduce obstacles for voters with health risks.
“Young people can help our elections and make some extra money by becoming poll workers and relieve the pressure on our older poll workers.”
Voters in New York can now request an absentee ballot for the November elections online, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, with a special portal set up by the state to handle those requests statewide.
“We’re all trying to figure out, ‘How can the counties have the responsibility for making sure the count is accurate and as timely as possible?”
Voters can begin requesting absentee ballots right away from their local elections boards, citing the reason that they fear risks of contracting the coronavirus or any other contagious illness.
In a rush to find answers, lawmakers and election officials alike are proposing a number of changes.
Cuomo’s “American Crisis” will be released Oct. 13, three weeks before Election Day, when Trump is expected to face Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“If in fact we brought the boxes to them, and they had the ability to vote right at senior centers, right at community centers, then I think that’s the recipe for success.”
“If they get too far into the weeds or attempt to drop in other fixes now, my fear is nothing will get done.”
Changes to state law need to be effective by early September if counties are to implement them in time for the general election.
This will be the 25th time Hawkins has run for office, but his first national campaign. He’s run for Congress, U.S. Senate, governor and several other state and local offices.
“There are many of us who represent diverse communities, … [who] understand that it is our duty to stand up, to protect the rights of Pennsylvanians to vote.”
Pence itinerary included stops in Lancaster, Chester and Philly; Biden was in Scranton, his childhood hometown
New York is a reliable Democratic state in presidential elections. There are no statewide races for governor or U.S. Senate this year. The state has 27 congressional districts. New York voters must be registered with a political party to participate in its primary elections.
The former Pennsylvania governor tells NPR that he worries the president is hurting his own cause by talking down absentee voting because in many cases, it helps Republicans.
“I don’t think I’d feel comfortable walking into a polling place that was in a sheriff’s department—as a black man and especially not during the current moment in American history.’
One of the longest portions of the forum involved questions about housing and homelessness.
More voters cast provisional ballots Tuesday because they hadn’t received their mailed ballot or feared it wouldn’t make the return deadline.
“The word is uncertainty. We don’t know what’s going to happen and it’s very tough for our school districts to budget.”
The challenge now: Counting nearly 2 million mail-in ballots. Final results may take a week to tabulate
Wolf makes surprise announcement that he’s extending deadline for returning mail-in ballots by a week
Voters eligible to cast ballots in the Democratic presidential primary and several congressional and state legislative primaries will be mailed applications for absentee ballots.
The New York State Board of Elections had canceled the June 23 primary over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
There will likely still be polling places open on June 23rd, but Governor Cuomo is strongly encouraging voters to use the mail- in option instead.
At this point, the state is allowing both in-person and absentee ballots for those village and special district elections.
Election chiefs call on state officials to allow processing to start earlier, clarify which polling places can open.
“Literally, ‘Pay me now and maybe you will get some stuff some time in the future,’ is where some vendors are starting.”
Voters who request absentee and mail-in ballots before the May 26 deadline might receive them at different times due to “factors outside their control.”
State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin), the sponsor of a longshot measure to revoke the governor’s emergency powers, said the waiver decisions seem random.
“We at the Board have a legal mandate to conduct our jobs. The continuity of government depends in part on some of the work that we’re doing.”
“I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote. A lot of people touching one door knob, a lot of people touching one pen, whatever you call the new device on the ballots.”
“Any at risk individuals should be rightfully wary of voting in person at crowded polling places.”
“The federal government should order factories to manufacture masks, gowns, ventilators. The essential medical equipment that’s going to make a difference between life and death.”
As he runs for president, the former New York City mayor faces tough questions about aggressive police tactics that disproportionately targeted young men of color.
Bloomberg is skipping all of the early states and banking instead on proving his campaign’s viability by doing well on Super Tuesday, when 14 states vote on March 3.
Republican Scott Perry and Democrat Matt Cartwright are both considered to be in toss-up races.
The new application website comes courtesy of Act 77, which expands voting laws. Lawmakers passed it in an effort to boost participation.
At a Women for Trump event in Camp Hill, the vice president touched on education, veterans’ issues, abortion, undocumented immigrants and what he sees as ‘socialism’ in the Democratic party.
The Democratic National Committee is eliminating the requirement for candidates to show grassroots donor support in order to appear in the Nevada debate on Feb. 19.
“We care about people in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and so forth and that’s what they’re demonstrating here tonight.”
Thanks to a package of new laws, county officials will likely have to count more absentee ballots and register more voters.
In order to change how congressional and state legislative districts are drawn before nationwide reapportionment in 2021, the General Assembly needs to strike a deal by early August.
GOP Speaker Mike Turzai scheduled the elections to be held less than a month before the primary. Democratic leaders think that’s needlessly confusing.
The freshmen congressional members join a growing number of Pennsylvania politicians throwing support behind the former vice president.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he found tens of thousands of discrepancies in a review of county registration records. But the department says he’s overstating the issue.
House Republicans have voted to elect appellate court judges in regional, partisan elections. Only two other states use similar methods.
“I’ve been on the road pretty much constantly for six months.”
“A lifetime of working with my hands, managing daily challenges and finding creative solutions, that’s given me the tools I need to be your representative in the Senate.”
The Thursday, Dec. 19, debate is co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. It will air at 8:00 p.m. on WSKG Television and WSKG Radio.
It’s called a severability clause, and it’s often included to protect a new law from court challenges.
“The charge of this commission is to set up a system of public financing to reduce the undue influence of big money in our politics. These contribution limits will allow big money to continue flowing, and it’s just completely unacceptable.”
“War chests are in, high contribution limits are in. We are designing a system that is not going to incentivize viable candidates to participate.”
There were mixed reactions Wednesday from New York’s politicians and political parties on this year’s election results.
It could take a year or longer to resolve whether victims’ rights measure is constitutional.
Governor Andrew Cuomo supports fusion voting, or allowing candidates to run on multiple party lines, even though a commission appointed by the governor could end the practice.
“People who are worrying about affordable housing can’t live in the City of Ithaca so they’re not voting in Ithaca.”
Under the proposal, voters would need to present a form of identification before casting a ballot, such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID card, or other government-issued ID document.
Over 130,000 New Yorkers have already voted in the November elections as part of the state’s first-ever early voting system. And those who are closely watching say so far, it’s been a largely successful rollout.
In the email to a commission formed to create a public campaign financing system for New York elections, Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs proposed changing the qualifications for minor parties to automatically earn a place on the ballot.
Korchak spoke as part of WSKG’s interview series with all three candidates.
The possible timing of a special election for a congressional seat has some Republicans crying foul.
“When there’s a sudden reversals based on zero evidence, it seems, it makes you wonder whether other people are pulling the strings here.”
Republican leaders in the New York Legislature are speaking out against a commission that is creating a public campaign financing system for state elected offices, saying the panel is fatally flawed.
“I think we need to come up with better guidelines from the state and not leave it just to the counties to determine where (polling places) can be.”
A New York commission formed to come up with a plan to publicly finance state election campaigns will hold a special meeting on Columbus Day.
President Trump may be forced to release some of his tax records to prosecutors in New York.
“There’s so much chaos going on in Washington. There’s not really much getting done, at all. It’s just constant investigations, impeachment inquiry.”
Pennsylvania is getting a new auditor general next year, and the field of prospective candidates is already getting crowded.
“I’m honored, I’m flattered. I also believe I would win because I’m competitive and I know how to do this, but I also know that there’s a greater opportunity for me to serve more people as lieutenant governor.”
The district stretches from the Pennsylvania border to Binghamton, northeast to Utica and northwest to the shores of Lake Ontario. And it has had three different representatives over the past three terms.
The amendment would enshrine certain rights for crime victims in the commonwealth’s constitution.
A New York businessman has helped Rudy Giuliani promote an unsubstantiated theory of corruption in Ukraine by Joe Biden, ahead of next year’s presidential election.
In New York, individual counties make up the rules for voting, so there is no uniform statewide system. As a result, the procedures for when and where early voting will happen will be different in each county.
Critics of the proposal say Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to strike against a left-leaning party that he’s been feuding with, something the governor denies.
Pennsylvania and other states are working through grants from Congress to upgrade their voting machines and other equipment. Advocates say more work is needed — and billions more dollars.
Advocates hope the commission, which has been slow to start, will start taking steps toward a final report due in December.
New York’s senior U.S. senator said that he will push to provide funds for local boards of elections to harden their security against potential threats by foreign governments.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking Democratic presidential candidates to endorse four gun control measures previously adopted in New York.
Democrat Daylin Leach lost support from his own caucus, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and the Democratic committees in the counties he represents after being accused of inappropriate conduct with female staffers.
In a new poll, half of Pennsylvania’s registered voters say they plan to vote against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, no matter who his opponent is.
The only measure approved in 2019 that is unpopular with voters is a new law to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers licenses, with only 43% overall supporting the law.
New York is one of just eight states that allows major party candidates, Democrats and Republicans, to also appear on the ballot on minor party lines.
Governor Tom Wolf is taking matters into his own hands when it comes to funding upgrades for Pennsylvania’s voting machines.
A measure that county commissioners were counting on to fund voting machine upgrades recently met its end under Governor Tom Wolf’s veto pen.
“We want to be helpful to the county commissioners with these voting machines, since we were the ones who decided they were not proper.”
Republican voters in Broome County head to the polls today to select a candidate for District Attorney.
“If it’s something that he wants to have done, it is his unfunded mandate. He needs to figure out where the money comes from for it.”
One of the no-brainers Syracuse-area state Sen. Rachel May expects to pass, is legislation that will expand voting rights. Right now plans for automatic voter registration is stuck over details, such as when residents would be able to decline registration.
“There are 47 states that have an Election Day deadline for returning an absentee ballot, and the only other states that have a deadline earlier than that are Mississippi and Louisiana. Pennsylvania can do better than that.”
“Once people know they’re registered, a really significant proportion, 40 to 50 percent of them, take that invitation and go in and vote. That’s a big increase.”
A deceased redistricting specialist’s documents suggest the citizenship question was added to redraw political maps to favor Republicans and non-Hispanic white people, according to a new court filing.
If Cuomo is re-elected, he’ll be only the second person to win a fourth, four-year term as New York governor after Republican Nelson Rockefeller. Cuomo’s father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, lost his bid for a fourth term.
Under current laws, voters in New York must register in a political party more than six months before the primary vote is held. Party registration can only be changed 25 days or more before a general election, held in November.
“We (Republicans) lost this majority in one election. I think we can gain this majority back in one election.”
One constitutional amendment would get rid of Pennsylvania’s current system in which Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Court judges are picked in partisan, statewide elections.
The former vice president said Monday, “We need a president who works for all Americans.” A key labor union hosted the event, which focused on economic issues of concern to middle-class voters.
“Mass incarceration has resulted in 264,000 Pennsylvania residents being constitutionally underrepresented. Of those 264,000 residents, over 100,000 are black.”
Pennsylvania is one of the key states the GOP–and Democrats–are targeting in the run-up to 2020.
Supporters say the current system favors a small group of big-money donors at the expense of the average citizen and needs to be changed. But not everyone agrees that is a good idea.
Balter lost to Katko by about 5 points in 2018. It was Katko’s closest race since first winning election in 2014.
“Small county, small numbers, but important numbers and we have to be very vigilant that we don’t take any of this for granted.”
A new report by New York’s Brennan Center found that automatic voter registration in states has given a big boost to voter rolls in states where it’s been adopted.
As a Green Party founder, Hawkins has unsuccessfully run for everything from Syracuse Common Council to governor of New York state to U.S. Senate.
A bill aimed at changing how Pennsylvania draws House, Senate, and congressional maps is getting another shot.
Pennsylvania will redraw its congressional and legislative districts after the 2020 census – and there’s a renewed push to change the rules before that happens.
Fusion Voting resulted in the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor appearing on six different ballot lines in 2018.
The push for a public campaign finance system for New York’s politicians heated up as a feud erupted between three young female lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aides.
Ukrainian elections have also been turbulent, rife with voter intimidation and even claims by then-president Viktor Yushchenko in 2004 that he had been deliberately poisoned.
There have already been 125 fundraisers for legislators’ election campaigns in Albany since the session began.
Pennsylvania elections officials rejected more than twice as many absentee ballots during last year’s midterm elections than they did in 2010.
Pennsylvania’s general assembly is huge. But reducing its size would require some lawmakers to vote away their own jobs.
A voting, campaign finance and ethics reform bill known as the For the People Act or H.R. 1, is scheduled to be voted on in the House of Representatives this week. Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he supports many parts of the bill, with one big exception.
A Western New York political operative and former campaign aide for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump is one of more than 80 people or entities contacted by the House Judiciary Committee, which is now looking into alleged misdeeds by the president.
Claims of massive illegal voting by noncitizens have routinely been disproved, but some noncitizens end up on the voter rolls, often by accident. Now, states are trying to fix that.
Last year, Governor Tom Wolf gave counties a mandate: replace their voting machines with ones that leave a paper trail in time for the 2020 primary election. That move was based on concerns that many of the aging machines are difficult to double-check in the event an election’s integrity is questioned.
A voting reform package approved in Albany this year will have some costs to local governments. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is among those calling on the state to fully fund the early voting portion of the package.
Over 200 groups are pushing for New York State to enact a public campaign finance system for statewide candidates. And they say they’ve never been closer to achieving their goal.
A handful of state senators want to upend the way Pennsylvania conducts its elections. The group–made up of both Republicans and Democrats, many of them senior members–is launching a slate of bills broadly aimed at making it easier to vote.
When the U.S. Census Bureau measures population, prison inmates are counted as residents of the communities where they are incarcerated. The practice can affect how lines are drawn in congressional and legislative redistricting efforts, which will take place after the 2020 census.
Local elected officials are reacting to voting reform measures passed in the Democratic-controlled New York State Legislature last week and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday. While some Republicans supported the efforts, others said the changes are too costly and could disenfranchise voters.
Voters in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District will choose a new representative earlier than expected. A special election will coincide with Pennsylvania’s primary election, May 21, after a surprise resignation. Republican Congressman Tom Marino resigned, saying he’s leaving for a job in the private sector.
Local elections officials say it’s a bit overwhelming to consider all the changes that have to take place to implement New York’s new voting laws.
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced her intention to run for president Tuesday during an appearance “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Hours later, the Democrat returned to her native Capital Region for her first campaign event.
Gillibrand joins a growing field of Democratic candidates, telling TV host Stephen Colbert on Tuesday that she is launching an exploratory committee and explaining why she has decided to run.
The Democratic led New York State legislature is set for a big week. Action is planned for Monday to implement early voting in the state, and on Tuesday to grant more civil rights to transgender New Yorkers. Also this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo will release his budget proposal.
Soon after her election, top Senate Republicans began raising lingering questions about whether Lindsey Williams meets state residency requirements.
Democrats who will run the state Senate in January say a top priority will be to expand access to voting in New York. Advocates say there are several steps they can take.
Though the new state legislative session hasn’t technically started, lawmakers are already filing memos for the bills they plan to sponsor. One of the first issues on the agenda has already commanded lawmakers’ attention for nearly a year: redistricting.
Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is establishing a bipartisan panel tasked with finding ways to make the redistricting process in Pennsylvania more fair. The governor on Thursday signed an executive order to create the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission.
The race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District seat came to an end Wendesday, when Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) formally conceded to Democrat Anthony Brindisi.
Three weeks after the midterm election, Pennsylvania’s last undecided race is over.
These metro areas saw the most dramatic turnarounds in this election from red to blue — and were responsible for Democrats taking back the House.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Nearly three weeks after Election Day, Democrat Nate McMurray reluctantly conceded his race against Rep. Chris Collins in New York’s 27th Congressional District. However, the concession included an angry series of blasts at the incumbent and a vow to “fight like hell” to re-involve the public in politics.
Democratic Congressman-elect Anthony Brindisi, who won a narrow victory over Mohawk Valley Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford), is sticking to his commitment against voting for Nancy Pelosi as the next speaker of the House.
Pennsylvania’s turnout jumped from 43 percent in 2014 to 58 percent in this year’s midterm.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who will become the first woman and African-American woman to lead the New York state Senate come January, said she hopes to take action quickly on long stalled measures in the Senate.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – More absentee ballots were sent in all eight counties covering the 22nd Congressional District in this past midterm election compared to four years ago.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Another series of statewide elections in New York Tuesday resulted in another Democratic sweep, and with a two-to-one voter registration margin in the state, mostly because of New York City, it’s clear the GOP has a steep hill to climb.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – Candidates for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate and congressional seats and their supporters spent $100.7 million in this year’s midterm election, according to the latest filings.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) – A few of Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate races still aren’t finalized, but it appears legislative Democrats have picked up at least five new seats in the Senate, and eleven in the House.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Democrats are claiming control of the New York State Senate, with several seats now leaning toward this party’s candidates.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – 24th District Republican Congressman John Katko wasn’t knocked over by the “blue wave” that saw Democrats take control of the House in yesterday’s election. But his re-election does mean he will be in the minority when he returns to Washington.
READING, PA (WITF) — An advocacy group for Latino and immigrant rights in Pennsylvania is claiming victory in Tuesday’s midterm elections. The crowd at the Make the Road Action in PA offices in Reading burst into song at the news Democrats were projected to hold on to the governor’s office and a U.S. Senate seat. “Venceremos,” they sang, “we will win.”
Republican Congressman Chris Collins narrowly won re-election against Democratic opponent Nate McMurray in NY-27. But McMurray, who initially conceded, is now wants a recount.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Freshman GOP congressman Lloyd Smucker was reelected to a second term Tuesday night–defeating Democratic challenger Jess King in the 11th district.
York, PA (WSKG) — When Gov. Tom Wolf took the stage to make his victory speech in York Tuesday night, he seemed like a man who hadn’t been sweating the win.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Governor Andrew Cuomo was awarded a third term in office by voters, who chose him by a wide margin over his opponents.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI and Associated Press) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeks a third term and Republicans and Democrats battle over the makeup of the state’s congressional delegation as the caustic midterm election campaign reaches its climax.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – By the time polls open Tuesday, most voters have seen or heard a lot of negative political ads. The number of negative ads in federal races is up 60 percent this year from the 2014 midterms, according to The Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks broadcast political advertisements.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Polls show the governor’s race in New York is narrowing as the major party candidates made their final pitch to voters.
The emergence of a coalition of voters united by opposition to the policies and personal style of President Trump faces its first big test today. This anger over the Trump presidency has been corralled into sophisticated and robust voter mobilization tactics.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Turnout in Tuesday’s midterm election is expected to be unusually high.
VESTAL, NY (WSKG) – Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) debated Democratic candidate Anthony Brindisi in New York’s 22nd Congressional District. This race is a “Toss Up” according to RealClear Politics.
(Undated) — Organizers weren’t sure, initially, whether U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10, would appear in-person for the Cumberland 9/12 Patriots’ candidates forum in Carlisle last spring.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Tuesday features intense battle for the State Senate. Democrats are leading in the polls in New York’s state wide races for governor, attorney general and comptroller.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The final debate of the 2018 New York governor’s race, and the only upstate debate, was held Thursday night at the College of Saint Rose in Albany and sponsored by the League of Women Voters. All of the candidates showed up- except Governor Andrew Cuomo.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Four of the five candidates for governor in New York are set to participate in the last scheduled debate before election day — though Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t expected to show up.
LANCASTER, PA (WHYY) — Gov. Tom Wolf has increased his lead over Republican challenger Scott Wagner in the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll.
Hailing from neighboring counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the two major candidates are rooted in the same challenges, but are coming up with very different solutions.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS — Candidates in Pennsylvania’s Ninth Congressional District held their final debate at WVIA in Pittston Tuesday night, concluding a race marked recently by personal attacks.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – A group that opposes big money in politics has issued a report showing that a handful of wealthy billionaires are contributing heavily to Republican congressional campaigns in New York.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – One of the major party candidates in the New York race for governor has issued a “civility challenge,” asking his opponents to refrain from all negative ads and attacks from now until Election Day.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider another appeal by Republican state lawmakers over this year’s changes to Pennsylvania’s congressional district map.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A new poll in the 24th Congressional District shows that Republican incumbent John Katko continues to maintain a double-digit lead over Democrat challenger, Dana Balter.
Over the last few months, Democrats seem to be more motivated to vote in the upcoming midterms than Republicans, and have donated more money. While the enthusiasm and money gaps have narrowed in recent weeks, forecasters still expect a blue wave to sweep Democrats into control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Politics, Facts and Civilty is a group of people, consisting of both Republicans and Democrats, that occasionally get together to have a civil conversation about political issues.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – One of the battlefields on Election Day will be races for the New York state Senate. Democrats are hoping to corral a majority so they can control all three branches of government in New York State. One of the most closely watched races will be in central New York.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Energy Secretary Rick Perry traveled to Philadelphia and South Jersey Thursday, speaking to a water conference and visiting a nuclear manufacturing plant in Camden.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) The next Attorney General of the state of New York is very likely to make history. Tish James, the Democratic candidate and current New York City Public Advocate, and the Republican- bankruptcy lawyer Keith Wofford -are African American. But the two hold different views on many topics.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Democratic challenger Dana Balter faced off their first debate Wednesday, which was hosted and streamed by Syracuse.com.
LITITZ, PA (ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Vice President Mike Pence warned Wednesday that electing Democrats to Congress would undo the accomplishments of a president who just two years ago scored an upset victory in Pennsylvania, where the GOP is expected to lose seats in the House in November’s election.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG)– A new political ad that’s hitting TVs across southeastern Pennsylvania is ripping on Republican state senators for their caucus stalling a high-profile anti-child abuse bill.
You can throw any predictions for this race out the window, according to Laurel Elder, a political science professor at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. It all depends on voter turnout.
Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, fired up a crowd of volunteers and supporters of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) Tuesday. Trump was at Republican headquarters in New Hartford where he credited Republican tax cuts for creating a hot economy with record low unemployment.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, engaged in a testy debate Tuesday that centered on corruption in state government and the candidate’s views, and relationships, with President Donald Trump.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA — A report out this month from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a pretty dire picture. By 2040, the world faces myriad crises — including food shortages, extreme weather, wildfires and a mass die-off of coral reefs — unless emissions are cut sharply.
In these videos, it’s black people calling the cops on white ones who are behaving in a socially irresponsible manner: They’re not voting.
After weeks of wrangling, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican opponent, Marc Molinaro, have agreed to a televised debate at 7 p.m. Tuesday on CBS2 in New York City. But not everyone is satisfied.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — In a recent review of state voter registration laws, a group of political scientists ranked Pennsylvania 31st in terms of how easy it is to vote.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Political ads are one of the battlefields in many of the crucial midterm races for Congress this year, and the race for central New York’s 24th Congressional District is no different.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Among the statewide races, the contest for state comptroller often gets little attention from voters. But there’s still lots of interest in the post itself — incumbent Tom DiNapoli faces three challengers.
Governor Wolf, a Democrat, considers the “clean slate” law – expected to help hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians – one of his signature criminal justice initiatives, as does his opponent, former Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner, who co-sponsored the bill.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The state Senate races are among the closest contests in New York on Nov. 6. Democrats need just one seat to take the majority away from Republicans. Spending on the races is growing intense, and accusations are flying.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) – With under a month until the general election, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and his Republican challenger Scott Wagner appear to be locked in an uneven contest. Their latest financial disclosures show Wolf with $8.9 million on hand to Wagner’s $1.8 million. The incumbent is also leading by almost 17 points in an average of recent independent polls. And the candidates’ divergent campaign styles are reflecting that divide. It was, perhaps, never more clear than on a recent Friday morning, when a shaky, live video went up on Scott Wagner’s campaign Facebook page.
Luzerne County voted for Barack Obama in back-to-back elections. In 2016, the county swung for Donald Trump — by double digits.
GOP Senate Candidate Lou Barletta, as he regularly does, spoke to one of the two aspects of the ACA that have made it a complex issue for Republicans and Democrats alike.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A new poll gives Republican incumbent Congressman Chris Collins a slim lead over his Democratic challenger Nate McMurray in the 27th Congressional District.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – State Democrats and Republicans are accusing each other of condoning violence after a weekend incident that left the GOP’s Metropolitan Club in New York City vandalized and protesters from far-right and far-left groups under arrest.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – A trial date of Feb. 3, 2020 has beens set for the federal insider trading case involving Rep. Chris Collins.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The Republican candidate for attorney general in New York, Keith Wofford, said if he wins, he’d go after the head of his party, President Donald Trump, and his policies — but only if there’s a good reason.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Friday is the last day to register to vote in New York State for November’s general election. The state Board of Elections is warning the public about scammers claiming to register people through phone calls and texts.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS — Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Philadelphia on Thursday to endorse a group of suburban Democrats running for the Pennsylvania Senate.
States are blocking foreign IP addresses from their election websites. But it won’t stop determined hackers and it could frustrate voters who live overseas.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – No, it wasn’t a debate. But the two men vying to win Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election did appear in Philadelphia Wednesday to answer the same set of five questions, one after the other. Their interrogators were elementary-aged children, and the questions revolved mostly around education.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — The state legislature has passed a bill that would get rid of a requirement that magisterial district judges collect signatures when they run for reelection.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Candidates for statewide office were required this week to disclose how much money they have on hand for the final month of the 2018 election season. Once again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term, is far ahead of his challengers.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter is calling for a more robust debate schedule in the race for the 24th Congressional District.
The Green Party candidate for state comptroller, Marc Dunlea, said he isn’t in the race to win but rather to highlight one key issue — combating climate change.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — One of the constants in recent election polling has been Democrats’ enthusiasm edge.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he hasn’t decided whether to accept the nomination of the Working Families Party in the race for governor.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – A new Siena College poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo far ahead of his challengers in his quest for a third term in office. But the survey also shows that a failed primary challenger is still taking points away from the governor’s lead.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — In the only scheduled debate of the gubernatorial race Monday night, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and former GOP state Senator Scott Wagner worked to stake out their positions on the issues that will likely define their campaigns over the next month.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday blamed upstate weather for New York’s continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo’s economic policies had failed to stanch the flow of migrants heading to other states.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – What’s known as his “Cuomo Corruption Tour” came to Buffalo Friday morning. Marc Molinaro, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, stood outside the Tesla plant in Buffalo’s Riverbend neighborhood, attacking Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration as rife with pay-to-play culture. But the Cuomo camp says Molinaro has conducted such behavior in his role as Dutchess County Executive.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Independent candidate for governor Stephanie Miner is keeping the heat on Governor Cuomo and the state democratic party for a mailer sent out during the party primary that accused the governor’s opponent , Cynthia Nixon, of anti Semitism.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Rachel May has defeated longtime incumbent state Sen. Dave Valesky in a primary and will be the Democratic nominee in the race for the 53rd state Senate District in November.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – More talk of Governor Andrew Cuomo seeking the Presidency in 2020 has been fueled by the governor’s decisive victory over a candidate from the progressive left of his party. But the governor still says he’s only running for a third term to lead New York State.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – An indicted New York congressman who had announced he was withdrawing from his race has reversed course and now says he will continue to campaign for re-election and plans to serve again if he wins this November.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and his Democratic opponent Dana Balter are responding to President Donald Trump’s latest round of tariffs, including $200 billion on Chinese goods. Over the past year, reaction to the tariffs have been mixed across the region.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The general election for governor in New York is heating up, with the Republican candidate, Marc Molinaro, calling for the resignation of a former advisor to incumbent Andrew Cuomo, while the sitting governor rallied against President Trump.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Indicted congressman Chris Collins will remain on the ballot in the November election in the 27th District.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Law enforcement officials in central New York are supporting “red flag” legislation introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus). The bill aims to allow police to temporarily restrict access to firearms of an individual at extreme risk to themselves or others.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – If voter turnout is any indication, last week’s primary race in central New York could mean a more active electorate is in the making.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – The Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, Jeff Bartos, held a town hall at Penn State on Monday.
The primary battle between incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo and actress Cynthia Nixon had become a nasty feud, emblematic of the divergent and often warring forces within the Democratic Party.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Governor Andrew Cuomo handily won in a democratic primary against actor Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo’s current lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul also won, as did Cuomo’s choice for attorney general New York City Public Advocate Tish James.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A rare Thursday primary in New York means voter turnout will likely be low, but one official thinks it will still be higher than the last state primary in September 2014.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Thursday is primary day in New York, and the biggest race is between Democratic incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger, actor and education advocate, Cynthia Nixon.
In New York’s 122nd Assembly District, long-time representative Cliff Crouch faces a challenge from a new face, but a familiar name: Nick Libous.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor is turning out to be closer- according to the polls, anyway, than the governor’s race. New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams is challenging incumbent Kathy Hochul for the post.
Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter is using a Texas court case to highlight what she claims is complicity by her opponent, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), in the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Democratic primary voters on Thursday have a choice of four candidates for state attorney general after former AG Eric Schneiderman resigned in May over allegations he physically abused several women that he dated.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is running in a primary Thursday against Democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon. But during campaign stops in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo Monday, Cuomo focused on President Trump, and didn’t mention Nixon once.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been gaining momentum in the days leading up to the Sept. 13 Democratic primary for governor, but two controversial incidents over the weekend could set the governor back in his race against challenger Cynthia Nixon.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – It is a David and Goliath battle according to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, in regards to her primary race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sept. 13. But Nixon said she would not be running if she could not win.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A shout-out from President Trump has given a boost to a long-shot hopeful in the New York Senate race.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — A new poll from Franklin and Marshall College has found that for the most part, Pennsylvania’s races for Governor and US Senate remain where they’ve been for many months.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Single-payer health care for New York has become an issue in the race for governor. Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon say if she’s elected, she’d enact single-payer for New York. Not all of her opponents think that’s a good idea.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon swapped insults and clashed over policy Wednesday in their only scheduled debate before the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The end of August used to be considered a slow season in politics, but television ads released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, are getting heated.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The Democratic candidates for governor — incumbent Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon — have different views on spending money on the state’s schools.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro is on the road this week as his race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo picks up steam. Moliaro and his family are crossing the state looking for votes in an RV, and one of the first stops for the family of five on Sunday was the New York State Fair.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – As central New York politicians met with Gov. Cuomo and his staff this week for the opening day of the New York State Fair, the topic of a major project that looms over central New York kept coming up.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – There are three weeks until primary day in New York, and the Democratic underdog for governor, Cynthia Nixon, is laying out her plans for the final stretch of campaigning, saying there is a potential path to victory.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued to rail against President Donald Trump on Wednesday. But some of his political opponents say the governor needs to talk more about issues related to New York state.
Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner has a plan to pump an additional $1 billion into public schools without raising taxes. He says he’d do four things to make that happen: privatize the sale of alcohol, lease its liquor wholesale system, slash corporate welfare “that has no positive economic impact,” and reform the welfare system.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Republican county chairs from across the 27th Congressional District say they have three weeks to decide who they want to replace Congressman Chris Collins on the November ballot. They spent much of Tuesday huddled at Batavia Downs discussing the issue and hearing from nine potential candidates.
(Harrisburg) — GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is walking back a few comments he has made at recent campaign stops.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – When Mohawk Valley Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) held an expensive fundraiser with President Donald Trump in Utica last week, her Democratic opponent Anthony Brindisi threw a rival fundraiser across town. But his goal was more about message than money.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is running in the four-way Democratic primary for state attorney general after former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned in May over accusations that he physically assaulted women he dated.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – New York Congressman from the Hudson Valley , Sean Patrick Maloney, who is also a candidate in the Democratic primary for Attorney General, is weighing in on Governor Cuomo’s controversial statement that American “was never that great.”
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Fort Drum and Utica Monday, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he would be willing to host anyone, including the president, if it advances Katko’s agenda for central New York.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – In a new campaign ad, Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey attacks his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta for his vote seven years ago to restructure the Medicare program. Barletta’s campaign says the ad is repeating a proven lie.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The Democratic candidate in the 27th Congressional District, Nate McMurray made a stop in Rochester Saturday night at a union hall, at the Communication Workers of America Local 1170 on Lake Avenue.
Taking a page from their own 2006 playbook, House Democrats hope to capitalize on the insider trading allegations against New York Rep. Chris Collins and other GOP scandals to regain a majority in November.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The news this week that Congressman Chris Collins is facing a federal indictment alleging that he was involved in insider trading, has put a new spin on the fall elections in Western New York.
Some political onlookers agree, arguing the combination of post-Parkland mobilization and Trump-related backlash will unleash a wave of young voters this fall.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — After a year of campaigning and months of legislative debate, it’s likely too late for state lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment overhauling Pennsylvania’s redistricting process before the next map-redrawing gets underway in 2021.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – President Donald Trump plans to make stops in the North Country and Mohawk Valley Monday, according to a number of reports.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Tempers flared Wednesday at the New York State Board of Elections, where commissioners voted to limit the subpoena powers of the investigator in charge of enforcing campaign finance violations.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The rising cost of health care has become a major point of contention in this year’s race for the 22nd Congressional District, including how the candidates have voted on the issue in the past.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making the rounds of national news programs now that he has become the target of a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A political ad by Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi has been rejected from airing on Charter Spectrum cable channels. Brindisi said the company is censoring him by refusing to air it.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Republican US Senate candidate Lou Barletta is on a bus tour across the commonwealth with his golden retriever, Reilly.
YORK COUNTY, PA (WSKG) – The Republican gubernatorial nominee is updating his rhetoric on climate change.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) is calling for more infrastructure investment as she visits a range of different businesses and organizations in her district. She is also highlighting what she calls the positive impact the tax overhaul is having on the upstate economy.
(Wilkes-Barre) – With three months until midterm elections, Republican Congressman and U.S. Senate hopeful Lou Barletta has found himself trailing his incumbent opponent–both in polls and in dollars.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The Democratic frontrunner in the primary race for Attorney General, Tish James, said if elected she’d be independent of her political ally, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
WILKES-BARRE, PA (WHYY) — President Trump rallied supporters in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday to push for the Senate candidacy Lou Barletta, a challenger to two-term Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has both a primary challenger and several general election opponents as he seeks a third term. But New Yorkers might be forgiven for mistakenly thinking that the governor is actually running against President Donald Trump.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS — Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner released an attack ad Wednesday ripping Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf over education policy.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is currently leading Cynthia Nixon for the governor nomination 2-to-1 in polls among likely Democratic primary voters in New York.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter is refusing to accept donations from corporate PACs, or political action committees. Balter, who is running in the 24th Congressional District, outlined an agenda focused on campaign finance reform, transparency and constituent engagement.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A high school student from Saratoga County who went undercover in May to record Democrat Tedra Cobb at an event for teenagers was paid three times by the National Republican Congressional Committee.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Democratic candidate for Congress, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica), finished his town hall tour of the 22nd District over the weekend. During Brindisi’s hour-long Q&A with a crowd of about 25 in Oswego County Sunday, he pledged to work for his district rather than his party, saying Congress needs independent thinkers to achieve progress.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is enjoying solid support from the leaders of most of the major unions in New York as he runs for a third term in office. But Cuomo’s relationship with organized labor was not always so sunny.
The group has watched its membership grow more than sevenfold in three years, and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has pushed the group even further into the limelight.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon has been calling on Cuomo to have a debate before the primary election in September. But waiting on a debate could be a strategy by the governor.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – There’s a four-way democratic primary for Attorney General of New York, to replace Eric Schneiderman, who resigned over allegations he physically abused women that he dated.
In a talk to the Pennsylvania Press Club, the historically moderate Democrat drew distinctions between himself and his opponent, Congressman Lou Barletta, on a range of issues–from the economy to immigration.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday finds that Governor Cuomo continues to lead his challengers by double digits.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Green party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins called on the state Wednesday to get tougher when it comes to preventing lead poisoning in children.