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The Buffalo News provided in-depth coverage of President Obama's State of the Union address. Among the highlights: * Post-speech audio analysis from News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski: Download the audio and take it with you * Zremski's two stories: Obama urges unity to rebuild the economy -- Area representatives generally approve of Obama's address * Buffalo N…

It's been a long time since New York's congressional delegation has been known for its bipartisanship, but lawmakers will give the concept a try tonight at President Obama's State of the Union address. Several House members from the state -- including Democrat Brian Higgins of Buffalo and Republicans Chris Lee of Amherst and Tom Reed of Corning -- announced …

News Washington Columnist Doug Turner will be chatting during tonight's State of the Union address, which you can watch live on BuffaloNews.com. Join Doug beginning at 8:30, and send him your thoughts throughout the night. And look for coverage from News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski once the speech is through. <a href="http://w…

Over the weekend, The News' Phil Fairbanks wrote about the advertising war happening as Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to deal with the state budget gap and Bob McCarthy's column dealt with Cuomo's high poll numbers as he begins his term. Fairbanks and McCarthy talked about those issues, as well as 2011's big race for Erie County executive, in a video …

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WASHINGTON -- It's starting to look more and more like the audience at Tuesday's State of the Union address won't be divided into two separate camps as it has been for years -- and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York is helping make sure of it. Gillibrand, a Democrat, announced today that she will be sitting with Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Repub…

ALBANY -– State Senate Democrats fired 130 staff members today -– another piece of evidence of the changeover of power of the Senate from Democratic to Republican hands. Senate Republicans have claimed that the Democrats –- who controlled the chamber the past two years   -– overspent their current fiscal year budget by $10 million to $12 million. “We’ve made…

    The House is wrapping up a two-day debate on the repeal of President Obama's signature health care reform law, and all four Western New York lawmakers have taken to the floor to share their thoughts on it.     Here's what they had to say:     Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo:       Rep. Chris…

ALBANY -– Two State Senate committees have approved legislation to control state spending and taxation -– measures that face a questionable life in the Assembly. One measure, sponsored by Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, an Erie County Republican, would cap the annual growth of state spending at 2 percent, or 120 percent of the inflation rate, whichever is lower. The other, spons…

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped three people to serve on the board of the state's chief ethics agency that oversees everything from the conduct of current and former state workers to the activities of Albany's large lobbying industry. Here's the release his office just put out: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the following appointments to the…

ALBANY –- Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a relative breather from the fundraising circuit since his November election, but he still has a campaign warchest of $4.2 million. The Democratic governor’s campaign today reported with the state elections board that it raised $218,000 in the period between Nov. 25 and Jan. 14. It spent $1 million during the period. The $4.2 mill…

ALBANY –- Which is more painful? Root canal or closing a $10 billion budget gap? Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t closed the fiscal red ink yet, but he now knows what an un-fun experience a root canal procedure can be. Cuomo had the dental surgery, with local anesthetic, on Monday. The Cuomo administration Tuesday wasn’t keen on providing much in the way of information –- like eve…

A House vote to repeal health-care reform highlights the week ahead in Washington, D.C. I spoke with Buffalo News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski about what's happening in the nation's capital. In addition to Wednesday's expected vote in the House, we also talked national debt, next week's State of the Union and a few other things. Listen to our conversation: …

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Incumbent Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, left, talks with former RNC official Maria Cino as they participate in a debate between chairmanship candidates of the RNC, co-sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform and the Daily Caller, at the National Press Club on Jan. 3 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images) In what one wag likened to a papal conclave -- mixe…

   WASHINGTON  -- House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday endorsed North Buffalo native Maria Cino in her race to chair the Republican National Committee for the next two years, saying she "knows what it takes to win."   Boehner, the most powerful elected Republican in the country, also planned to hold a reception tonight for Cino and the 16…

Albany -- It's the incident that keeps on giving, apparently. You'll recall the Carl Paladino run-in with the New York Post's Fred Dicker last fall at a Lake George resort before the then-GOP candidate for governor was to address the Business Council of New York State? Now, the reporters at the Capitol who put on the annual Legislative Correspondents Associa…