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Almost two decades ago, Amo Houghton pronounced himself fed up with the partisanship and vitriol he experienced as a Republican member of Congress. The former Corning Glass CEO and Marine veteran of World War II thought that all the internal bickering plaguing his house only exacerbated the increasing problem of a dysfunctional Washington. “It’s really not that c…

You can pretty much count on several important mileposts to pop up along the presidential campaign trail.Those traveling that foggy and winding path can first count on the primaries. They weed out pretenders from the real thing, and this year gave us Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.Next come the conventions at midpoint along the trail. That’s where T…

Former News publisher Stan Lipsey summoned the Politics Column to his fifth-floor office one morning in the summer of 2000 to unveil his “idea.”“Let’s have a debate here in Buffalo,” he said, proposing The Buffalo News partner with Channels 2 and 17 and sponsor a face-off between the two candidates for U.S. Senate.The Republican was Rick Lazio, the Long Island co…

The grand auditorium of the soon-to-be-renamed Albright-Knox Art Gallery represented just the setting that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo typically revels in.Several hundred invited guests. Ten million dollars in state money to complement billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach’s gift of $42 million to the museum. Yes, a mention of the scandal throwing Cuomo’s administration into disarray.…

Some final reviews of Primary 2016, along with a look ahead:• It appears Chairman Jeremy Zellner will think long and hard before his Democrats again place one of their own in a Conservative primary.Conservatives, you recall, got behind Democrat John Flynn for district attorney early on. The minor party, which often makes the difference in tight races, offers one more a…

Some people to watch in Tuesday’s big primary election:• Al Coppola: The veteran pol who served many years on the Common Council and briefly in the State Senate is eyeing Albany once again, and testing his staying power in the 60th Senate contest.Coppola came within about 300 votes of knocking off endorsed Democrat Marc Panepinto in the 2014 primary. Nobody saw that …

A few things you need to know about politics around here:• For the first time, Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy is sporting a political committee to raise and spend funds for his own campaign purposes.What campaign purposes? Maybe, say many around New York, a future run for state chairman.Langworthy isn’t talking about his new campaign fund, which is n…

Back on April 19, when Donald Trump scored a lopsided victory in the New York presidential primary, so many things seemed possible.The Manhattan billionaire had just won the GOP contest with a stunning 61 percent of the vote, sweeping 61 of New York’s 62 counties. Sure, New York bleeds Democratic blue and nobody ever expected a Republican to win here, but his “yuge” …

Back on April 19, when Donald Trump scored a lopsided victory in the New York presidential primary, so many things seemed possible.The Manhattan billionaire had just won the GOP contest with a stunning 61 percent of the vote, sweeping 61 of New York’s 62 counties. Sure, New York bleeds Democratic blue and nobody ever expected a Republican to win here, but his “yuge” …

CLEVELAND – Back in late September of 2010, Carl Paladino ventured up north to the famous Sagamore resort in Bolton Landing, where his campaign for governor basically slid into adjacent Lake George.The battling Buffalonian, whom the New York City tabloids were already labeling “Crazy Carl,” blew up at a New York Post reporter.“I’ll take you out,” he told the Po…

It’s been 10 years since Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, parachuted into New York State with a long-shot plan. Based on deep New York roots, he sought the Republican nomination for governor that year in a bid to become the first American since Sam Houston to lead two states.That effort proved unsuccessful, as did other endeavors like a Senate candidacy a…

For decades, Steve Pigeon always found a way.A way to infiltrate halls of power. A way to hobnob with elites. A way to raise and spend millions through controversial methods that earned quiet approval from legions of politicians.So when he appeared in a Buffalo courtroom on June 30, it was under far more humbling circumstances. Pigeon now faced a state Supreme Court judge,…

Hot summer items from a hot campaign trail:• East Aurora political consultant Michael Caputo made a national semi-splash last week when heading out I-90 somewhere in Ohio. Returning to his Republican National Convention communications post in Cleveland, Caputo learned that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign manager – Corey Lewandowski – had been fired.Obviously…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Niagara Falls a few days ago to announce plans for upgrading the state’s oldest park at the famous cataract.A world-class attraction deserves world-class facilities, and Albany is delivering. At his press conference, the governor said New York will spend more than $40 million to restore public access.The plan will remove 2 miles of the north…