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Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, a Democrat who represents Buffalo, speaks at a rally for marijuana legalization at the New York State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. New York could have one of the most lenient marijuana possession thresholds in the nation if an alternative legalization proposal is passed this session. (AP Photo/Ryan Tarinelli)
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January 28, 2020 - 9:56 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A legislative proposal in New York would go further than states across the U.S. over how much marijuana a person could have before getting in trouble. The bill, backed by a number of Democrats in both chambers, would allow people over 21 years old to have three ounces of...
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January 28, 2020 - 8:49 pm
New polling shows American support for witness testimony in the ongoing impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. On week two of the trial, registered voters say 75 - 20 percent that witnesses should be allowed to testify in the impeachment trial, according to a Quinnipiac University national...
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Senate Impeachment Trial
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January 28, 2020 - 11:00 am
WASHINGTON (WBEN/AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team prepared to wrap up arguments in his impeachment trial Tuesday as Senate Republicans wrestled with whether to allow witnesses, including John Bolton who appeared ready to contradict a key Trump claim. The arguments from defense lawyers have...
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In this image from video, Alan Dershowitz, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks during the impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
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January 28, 2020 - 6:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team is raising a broad-based attack on the impeachment case against him even as it mostly brushes past allegations in a new book that could undercut a key defense argument at his Senate trial. Former national security adviser John Bolton writes in a...
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This artist sketch depicts Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., right, listening to defense arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
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January 27, 2020 - 8:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators faced mounting pressure Monday to summon John Bolton to testify at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial even as Trump's lawyers brushed past extraordinary new allegations from Trump's former national security adviser and focused instead on corruption in Ukraine and...
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State Senator Chris Jacobs
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January 25, 2020 - 5:16 pm
The pick is in. After a marathon meeting of eight GOP party chairs in Wyoming County, State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy made the announcement late Saturday afternoon. "It is the decision of the county chairs to endorse Chris Jacobs for the 27th Congressional seat.
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GOP Meeting
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January 25, 2020 - 10:45 am
Varysburg, N.Y. (WBEN) - First up, Senator Rob Ortt. A marathon meeting of the NY27 minds at Byrncliff Resort in rural Wyoming County Saturday as five candidates file before the eight county Republican party chairs who will ultimataley select a candidate to run in a special election and face...
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President Trump
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January 25, 2020 - 7:57 am
WASHINGTON (WBEN/AP) — Donald Trump has always been a man of absolutes. Something is the best or the worst, a person is a winner or a total loser, an event has never happened before, even when it has. Absolutism was the unwritten credo of his career in business and is the guiding light of his...
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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw
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Susan Rose
January 24, 2020 - 11:26 am
Eight party chairmen representing counties in the 27th Congressional District are planning to interview candidates to succeed former Rep. Chris Collins Saturday. The time and place of that meeting is a mystery.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo
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January 22, 2020 - 9:15 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a $178 billion budget proposal this week alongside a host of laws he wants to pass — from allowing e-bikes to a ban on single-use Styrofoam containers. The Democrat has made it a practice of his to propose multiple new laws with budgets...
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