Politics

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Mike Baggerman
December 12, 2018 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – We’re still well away from the 2019 election but one of the top races on the local front that will be highlighted include the election for Erie County Executive. Last week, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who planned to run against incumbent county executive Mark...
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December 09, 2018 - 7:53 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York state government news, good-government groups are cheering new restrictions on how much money lawmakers can make from outside jobs. Meanwhile, the Assembly returns to Albany to get ready for the 2019 session and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a new role in the National...
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December 08, 2018 - 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON WBEN/(AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year's end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House. Nick...
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December 06, 2018 - 8:19 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers will soon make the highest state legislative salary in the country after a state compensation panel voted Thursday to raise their pay for the first time in 20 years. The 63 percent increase will be phased in over three years, with legislative pay going...
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December 04, 2018 - 9:09 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Should hateful tweets keep you from getting a gun? That's a question many have asked after suspects in several horrific mass shootings were found only later to have left social media hints of violence that went unheeded for years. Now a New York lawmaker has introduced a...
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December 01, 2018 - 8:01 am
HOUSTON (WBEN/AP) — He was the man who sought a "kinder, and gentler nation," and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips — he would not raise taxes. He was the popular leader of a mighty coalition that dislodged Iraq from Kuwait, and was turned out of the presidency after a single...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2008 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of White House in Washington. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)
December 01, 2018 - 3:26 am
HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94. The World War II hero, who also...
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November 27, 2018 - 8:41 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — Numerous U.S. states are considering jumping on the legal sports betting bandwagon, even as they struggle with the details of regulating it. How much to tax it, and how to regulate mobile betting on phones are emerging as thorny issues for states. So far, seven states offer...
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November 27, 2018 - 8:30 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo again dismissed talk that he will run for president, saying Tuesday that he is focused on leading the nation's fourth-largest state and not preparing a run for the White House in 2020. "I am ruling it out," he said when asked about a possible...
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