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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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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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Cameron Collins, son of former Rep. Chris Collins, leaving court after he pleaded guilty to insider trading in October. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)
Cameron Collins, son of former Rep. Chris Collins, leaving court after he pleaded guilty to insider trading in October. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)
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January 23, 2020 - 5:38 pm
New York (WBEN) - Cameron Collins, son of former Congressman Chris Collins, has been sentenced to five years probation in his insider trading case.
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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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Stefan Mychajliw
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January 21, 2020 - 10:37 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The race for the NY27 Congressional seat just got a little more crowded as Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has formally entered the race after launching an official campaign website.
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
Tim Wenger
January 17, 2020 - 1:26 pm
Color me a cynic, but I don’t think our Founding Fathers quite had today’s political climate in mind when they came up with the solemn oath for Senators to take before beginning an impeachment trial for a sitting President. And while I’m at it, I might question the validity of naming Senators as...
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 E-cigarettes devices are display in a local store
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January 13, 2020 - 11:01 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers could ban flavored tobacco products amid growing concern over the tobacco and vaping industry’s use of flavorings to attract young people and African Americans, though it’s unclear whether a push to ban menthol cigarettes will succeed. The Democratic...
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