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   The fiscal sky is falling in Albany.    The state might be out of money before the fiscal year ends next March 31.    Wall Street credit ratings might downgrade New York's bond offerings, costing far more to borrow.    Washington might not give us financial help if the state doesn't first try to get its fiscal house in order.…

  WASHINGTON - Sen.  Hillary Rodham Clinton is fully assuming her role as the state's junior Democratic senator after losing a long and bitter fight for the presidential nomination to Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.      In a conference call with New York journalists on Tuesday, Clinton was constrained to say she fully expects to get along with Rep.…

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   WASHINGTON - Leave it to Americans to turn history into commerce.    That's just what's happening online these days, as tickets to President-Elect Barack Obama's inauguration are retailing for $1,429 apiece on StubHub … even though the tickets don't even exist yet.    Should this be happening? That's the question that the top inaugurati…

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has picked two leading members of President Bill Clinton's administration to help him make the transition from candidate to chief of state by noon on Jan. 20.     They are John Podesta, Clinton's chief of staff at the end of Clinton's second term, and Chicago Congressman Rahm Emanuel, who worked in Clinton's political …

      The Buffalo News is hosting a live chat on Election Day, Nov. 4, to discuss the ongoing elections. The polls don't close until 9 p.m., but there's plenty to talk about before the results start coming in.      This is a history-making election, with either the first African-American president or the first female vice president. …

     Money keeps flowing to candidates, even in the final days of their campaigns, as evidenced by the final reports being submitted to the New York State Board of Elections.     On Wednesday alone, $1.1 million in various kinds of donations were tossed into different Senate efforts.    The New York Public Interest Research Group says t…

     WASHINGTON -- For 16 years, Project Vote Smart, a national nonpartisan organization that wants to inform voters about candidates' stands on the issues, has sent out questionnaires to political hopefuls. Some respond, and some don't.      This year, the two candidates who hope to succeed retiring Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, Repub…

  Timing can be everything in Albany.    Defenders of Gov. David A. Paterson's plans to head to two Caribbean islands next week say the trips will help New York's economy, were planned a long time ago and will not cost the taxpayers a dime -- at least for the governor's expenses.    But the trip's timing left some scratching their heads Thursday…

   ERIE, Pa. … Palin '012.    No, that was not a typo. That was what was on the minds of some of the 6,000 or so people who jammed the convention center here Thursday to hear Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin deliver the same sort of show that's made her a star on the stump in this year's campaign.    Pundits are, well, stum…

WASHINGTON - Reacting to the felony conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, Sarah Palin, the state's governor and the Republican nominee for vice president, said it was a sad day for Alaska and his family, but left it up to Stevens to decide whether to leave the Senate or not.    But Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the GOP presidential nominee, issued a statement …

   PITTSBURGH -- John McCain must see Pennsylvania as the keystone to victory, given how much time and money he's spending here.    He spent a full day here last week and brought in his running mate for good measure, and in early October, he spent more on ads in Pennsylvania than he did anywhere but in the ultimate swing state of Ohio.    An…

  For several years, gay marriage rights has been a social issue that has sharply split the Democratic-run Assembly and the Republican-led Senate.    In 2007, following a  long and emotional debate, the Assembly approved a measure legalizing same-sex marriages. Backed by then Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer, the Assembly stance has since been roundly embraced b…

       WASHINGTON —  This year's federal election is expected to set a new record for spending, $5.3 billion or 27 percent more than the 2004 elections for president, the Senate and the House cost. The Center for Responsive Politics said that when all the tallies are in, the Democrats will have collected 52 percent more money for their presidenti…