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   Lots of unions announce support for their favorite candidates, but around this part of the world the backing of the United Auto Workers is always an important endorsement.   Democratic county executive candidate James P. Keane accepted UAW backing at a morning press event at the American Axle plant on Delevan Avenue, where he jumped all over U.S. fre…

The Democratic primary for county executive is still a week away, but Democrat Jim Keane is already eyeing Republican Chris Collins. After shooting at him during a weekend radio debate, Keane kicked off a new ad today linking Collins to President Bush and Vice President Cheney -- not exactly heading the popularity parade in Democratic Erie County. The move is certainly n…

President Bush, whose credibility on running the Iraq war is around 5 percent, says "America should listen" to Gen. David H. Petraeus, who is testifying today before Congress that the surge of armed forces is working and that major troop withdrawals should be delayed. This is also Bush's position.Petraeus said the Iraq war was going well three years ago.In an op-…

Jim Keane, Paul Clark and Jim Griffin all appeared on "Hardline with Hardwick" on WBEN Radio on Sunday morning in a lively, free-style debate. Keane and Clark snipped at each other throughout the 90-minute affair, especially over the broadcast ads they are running. Griffin, meanwhile, was ignored by his opponents, but introduced his own jabs while emphasizing his…

      Paul Clark and James Keane are more similar than they might want you to think.       Both are graduates of Canisius High and Canisius College. Both are well-versed in the ways of government. Both know how the game is played.       Both sought even higher office than county executive … Congress … and bo…

If anything, Albany is a town of ironies. Consider the state lobbying commission, which this week held its last public meeting before the agency is merged into a new state department. Led by the fiesty David Grandeau, who has won praise from government watchdog groups for his willingness to take on the lobbying community, the agency's board, as one of its last official ac…

Former Sen. Fred D. Thompson, R-Tenn., chose the risk-free forum of Jay Leno's "Tonight" show Wednesday to drop the other shoe and formally announce he is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Skipping the more formal mode of a press conference, he avoided having to deal with unpleasant questions about his life as a Washington lobbyist, represe…

When it was learned last month that wealthy Democratic donor Norman Hsu was a fugitive, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., "wished him well in dealing with the problems he is confronting." Wednesday morning Hsu failed to appear at a bail hearing, forfeiting $2 million in bail. His lawyers said they didn't know where he was. “When you have as many contributo…

"Truth, that's all." So went Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno Wednesday about what he hopes a Senate investigations committee will discover at its second hearing scheduled for tomorrow into the campaign by top aides to Gov. Eliot Spitzer to use the State Police to track Bruno's travels using state aircraft. On tap to testify at Thursday's hearing is state In…

Gov. Eliot Spitzer Thursday heads to a school in Cheektowaga, as he continues his back-to-school tour that began earlier this week in New York City. Aides expect little in the way of breaking news. Instead, the governor is flying around the state with appearances timed to the start of the school year to discuss -- and take credit for -- a record hike in state spending on …

Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, now wants some wiggle room in his announcement that he will retire in the wake of pleading guilty to a misdemeanor after engaging in foot and hand signals in an airport bathroom stall during a police sting operation. Craig's aides say he may fight to keep his job if a Senate Ethics Committee probe clears him of wrong-doing or if a court allows …

     It’s not every day when the tiny but influential state Conservative Party attacks one of its own rank-and-file members, but the issue of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes has a way of dividing people along strong lines.      With Buffalo’s Joel Peacock set to be featured in advertisements beginning today in the area urging th…

In many states a misdemeanor is not considered a crime. It is a class of offense tied to excessive speed, or driving under the influence. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after an encounter with a police officer in a men's room in an airport. Yet Republican leaders quickly demanded he announce his resignation from the Senate, and he did.   &…

   There must be something to the old adage about the "real campaign" begins after Labor Day, because today is the day after Labor Day and there is no question the real campaign is now under way.   First, Chris Collins launched his ads that basically introduce himself as the Republican candidate for county executive.   Then, Democrat…

Currently, there are 10 sitting members of the House and Senate running for the Democratic or Republican nomination for president. These hopefuls are constantly on the run to and from fund-raising dinners and appearances in California, Iowa and New Hampshire. Congress left town without passing any of the 13 major spending bills. Should these candidates, including Sen. H…