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There was a time when Democrats cherished an endorsement from Eliot L. Spitzer. Today, a nod from the governor carries both pros and cons, and no one knows that better than fellow Democrat James P. Keane, his party's nominee for Erie County executive. Spitzer will campaign for Keane during a visit here today, a visit that coincides with a high-profile bipartisan…

The House Democratic leadership has scheduled a vote on Oct. 18 to try to override President Bush's controversial veto of the expanded Children's Health Insurance Program bill. Republicans who voted with Bush and against CHIP last month, including Reps. Thomas M. Reynolds of Clarence and John R. "Randy" Kuhl Jr. of Hammondsport, are under heavy pressure to chang…

Two weeks ago in remarks made to the Congressional Black Caucus, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., suggested that the government issue each newborn baby a $5,000 bond for its education. The Democratic presidential front-runner said the baby bonds were just an idea and not a proposal. Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York who is a leading candidate for the Republ…

Think the paralysis in Albany is going to be healed anytime soon? If you have a hint of optimism, well, then consider the latest. Today’s New York Post reports that Senate Democrats, with knowledge by aides to Gov. Eliot Spitzer, came up with a new idea to discredit the governor’s chief political rival: sic the IRS on him. A letter was circulated this week by Sen…

The ongoing scandal at the state Capitol involving charges the Spitzer administration used the State Police to gather information to help smear a political rival of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, has caused finger-pointing in many directions.    Some papers have been accused of being on Spitzer's side, others for siding with Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, the target …

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was emphatic and vague at the same time when asked by reporters whether her Democratic majority and the Republicans will come up with an enforcement mechanism for what she says are the strongest ethics reforms in modern history. "We will have an enforcement" procedure before the current session of Congress adjourns, scheduled…

Gov. Eliot Spitzer continued beating back what he called the “rabid right" for opposing his new policy to permit illegal immigrants to obtain New York State drivers’ licenses. “The rabid right that wants to pile on and use this to demagogue the issue will not carry the day in the State of New York," Spitzer said in Albany today. With his policy under …

  ALBANY … It will be the must-attend legislative hearing of the year in Albany on Oct. 29.    That's the day Darren Dopp, the governor's communications adviser, will testify under oath before a State Senate investigations committee about whether the administration ran a smear campaign against Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno or whether its information…

The blogging world is a complicated place. One leading liberal blog, Daily Kos, held a convention Aug. 4 and asked Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., who was clearly not a Kos favorite, to speak there. The left-leaning blog preferred Democratic rivals Sens. Barak Obama of Illinois and Chris Dodd of Connecticut to Clinton as a presidential candidates. At the session, C…

President Bush’s veto today [Wednesday] of the bill to reauthorize and expand the Children’s Health Insurance program will put unwelcome pressures on House Republicans to vote to override. Among them are Reps. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, and John R. “Randy” Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, who voted against the legislation last week, when it passed but not by a veto-p…

His at-home approval rating skidding, Gov. Eliot Spitzer will head to Texas tomorrow [Wednesday] for a day-and-a-half of political fund raising. After weeks of bashing President Bush in a battle over a children's health insurance program, the Democratic governor will go to the president's home state to shake the Democratic money tree. A Spitzer spokeswoman said the trip w…

Two investigations may have found no illegal acts, but the public is not buying that Gov. Eliot Spitzer did not know what his aides were up to in using the State Police to monitor the state travels of his chief political enemy, a new poll out today finds. The Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters found that 78 percent believe Spitzer should testify under oath ab…

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democrats' leading presidential candidate, is defending her vote for a controversial resolution branding as "terrorist" Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. She said the non- binding resolution "gives us the options to be able to impose sanctions on the primary leaders to try to begin to put some teeth into all this talk about d…

In the short-lived John Cleese comedy "Fawlty Towers," the line, "Whatever you do, don't mention the war,'' was among the more memorable. Albany's version of that in chats these days with the Spitzer administration is, "Whatever you do, don't mention Troopergate.'' Gov. Eliot Spitzer has clearly reached his limits with reporters asking about the scand…

From three-term governor to wine master? So go some of the transition days for former Gov. George Pataki, who this week was heard at a political fundraiser boasting of his one-acre field of grapes that, he vowed, will someday result in award-winning wine. Pataki played host at his South Farm property along Lake Champlain in Essex County this week for Sandy Treadwell, a …