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WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins isn't exactly sticking to his guns. After accepting $5,000 in donations from the National Rifle Association between 2006 and 2012, the Democratic lawmaker from Buffalo announced on Facebook earlier this month that he now plans to donate that money to local and national organizations dedicated to fighting for what he called "common sens…

Just before the trial of former state Sen. George D. Maziarz was set to begin last month, his attorneys learned of internal state Board of Elections emails questioning whether he committed any crime at all. Now, Joseph M. LaTona, of Buffalo, and E. Stewart Jones, of Troy, are moving to dismiss the three-count indictment against the former Niagara County Republican power…

WASHINGTON – The National Football League has wisely chosen to take the course of least resistance to the players’ protests during the national anthem – with no help whatsoever from the president and vice president of the U.S. Hats off to anyone who can accurately track how this unfortunate mess started. Some correctly blame it on President Trump for lighting the …

A few leftovers from an event-filled week: • Vice President Pence’s swing through Erie County on Tuesday accomplished much for local Republicans. Rep. Chris Collins and other GOP causes raked in about $400,000 from more than 200 people attending his Salvatore’s Italian Gardens fundraiser featuring the VP. And, Collins continues as the Trump administration’s…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in recent weeks has talked up the possible need for a special session of the Legislature to deal with such issues as federal funding cuts and additional bailout funds for victims of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River flooding. Assembly Democrats returned to Albany Tuesday to huddle in a private conference to discuss a range of issues com…

ALBANY – There was a time a few years ago when Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t have to listen to shots fired his way from the GOP. Nowadays, the Republican Governors Association headed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is regularly attacking Cuomo, who is looking to seek a third term in 2018 and one of many Democrats maneuvering for a possible White House run in 2020. The …

Terrence Robinson is the Green Party challenger to incumbent Byron W. Brown in next month’s general election for mayor. Robinson laid out his five-point agenda for his long-shot chances of becoming the next mayor. Brown won the primary election last month, which essentially put him on the road to his fourth term. Still, Robinson says he’s in the race until the en…

The Buffalo News will provide live coverage today of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Buffalo to talk about proposed tax cuts and to help Rep. Chris Collins raise campaign funds. Beginning around 11 a.m., Buffalo News reporters Maki Becker and Robert McCarthy, as well as photographer Derek Gee, will provide live coverage of Pence's stop at the Buffalo Niagara Intern…

Vice President Pence is scheduled to arrive in Buffalo a little before noon today for two events, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo also is planning a morning appearance here. Pence has scheduled a meeting with business executives and “New York families” for a discussion on tax reform and also for a fundraiser for Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence. He's also expected to visit Per…

ALBANY – On the eve of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Buffalo area, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday urged New Yorkers to demand an explanation about Republican proposals to eliminate a major federal tax deduction used by millions of state residents. “When Vice President Pence arrives in Buffalo I hope he’s prepared to explain why he…

ALBANY – Many supporters of the state referendum to convene a constitutional convention are citing as reason the possibilities to diminish incumbent-friendly campaign finance laws, enact term limits and end gerrymandered districts. Other advocates are pressing a much different reason to vote yes: legalization of marijuana in New York. Stymied in their efforts to ge…

WASHINGTON – Chris Collins' pet Australian biotech firm found itself starving to death in December 2013, so the Republican lawmaker from Clarence fed it $1.3 million of his own money. That's no surprise, given the passion Collins showered on Innate Immunotherapeutics. It was a passion so deep that that Collins often said he talked about Innate as if it were one of …

A staff member from the office of Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, will hold remote office hours from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Mayor’s Conference Room in Dunkirk City Hall, 342 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Reed’s representative will answer questions, gather suggestions and opinions, and provide assistance with issues related to federal agencies, including Medicare, Social Se…