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After passing on a congressional candidacy earlier this year, Williamsville businesswoman Joan Elizabeth Seamans is re-entering the political fray with a Democratic challenge to Republican State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer. Seamans, who is 63 and owner of Short Street Photographers in Williamsville, will announce her candidacy Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Po…

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Thursday is World Press Freedom Day, and if you've read this far, perhaps you care about such things. And you should, because your democracy depends on it. And your democracy finds itself coping with a new age of propaganda. Propaganda sounds like a quaint, Cold War term. Twentieth century communists and fascists used a reams of fake "facts" to manipulate public opin…

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Michael R. Caputo underwent an intense three hours of questioning from investigators from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, and the East Aurora political consultant emerged sounding shaken. "They have every bit of information you could possibly have on the Trump campaign," said Caputo, who worked for the Trump effort in late 20…

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ALBANY – The Assembly Wednesday gave quick approval to a measure barring New York from requiring school districts to use student performance on standardized tests as ways to evaluate the job performance of teachers and principals. Linking test scores to judging teachers’ performance had been a key educational priority for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, though it has been under f…

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ALBANY – Activist Cynthia Nixon is eating into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s support among Democratic primary voters, a new survey Wednesday shows. Cuomo still has a large lead, but his support in the Democratic primary at the 50 percent level among registered Democrats, according to the poll by Quinnipiac University. Nixon was backed by 28 percent of Democrats if a party prim…

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt isn't just a grifter, as he has been called. He's also a gift to the lawyers of America. Sure, he's great at promising what President Trump promised: a rollback of environmental regulations. But Pruitt is also great at rolling out his rollbacks in ways that land him in court – and keep the toug…

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Reps. Tom Reed and Brian Higgins Tuesday expressed outrage over House Speaker Paul Ryan's recent firing of the chaplain of the House of Representatives – a Jesuit priest who apparently drew the ire of non-Catholic Republicans. "What's right is right and what's wrong is wrong. And from my perspective, based on the information I have, how Father Pat's termination has been…

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Staff members from the Senate Intelligence Committee questioned East Aurora Republican consultant Michael R. Caputo for three hours Tuesday, probing his connections in Russia and with Donald Trump's presidential campaign as they continued their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Caputo, who worked for the Trump campaign in late 2015 and early 2016…

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WASHINGTON – The Republican in charge of electing more Republicans to the House doesn't seem so worried about losing Rep. Chris Collins as a colleague. Asked about the Clarence lawmaker's re-election bid, Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, made clear that he knows virtually nothing about Collins' race against Democrat Nate M…

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Albany – No one else, really, could have put it better than Assemblyman Erik Bohen about the reception he has gotten on his first day in Albany. “I’m an island. I’m an island by myself,’’ Bohen, from South Buffalo, said as he headed back in the Assembly chamber Monday afternoon. It was, even by Albany standards, an unusual reception for a lawmaker on his very first s…

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Albany – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said – again – today that she is running for re-election with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the fall campaigns. “The governor and I are running together,’’ Hochul said this afternoon on the Senate floor after presiding over a swearing-in ceremony of two Democrats elected in last week’s special elections. Hochul said that people will look back up…

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WASHINGTON – America's White House correspondents sawed off and discarded some their credibility Saturday night. Willingly. And again. On national television. Reporters – in tuxes and gowns that most of their readers and viewers could not afford – mixed and mingled with pols and celebrities for hours on end at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. …

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins resigned last week from the board of Innate Immunotherapeutics amid major corporate changes and a fresh round of controversy about the Clarence Republican's investment in the Australian biotech firm and legislation he has introduced that could conceivably help it. The congressman's spokeswoman, Sarah Minkel, confirmed Friday that Collins …

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ALBANY – Kathy Hochul, the state lieutenant governor who has logged tens of thousands of miles promoting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his policies, again is facing questions about her political future after the governor recently promoted her as an ideal candidate to run for Congress. That’s not sitting well with some who, like Hochul, are female and members of the Democrati…

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Buffalo News Washington bureau chief Jerry Zremski will speak about his coverage of the federal government at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the City of Tonawanda Public Library, 333 Main Street. A Buffalo News reporter since 1984 who has worked in Washington since 1989, Zremski this year won the David Lynch Regional Reporting Award from the Washington Press Club Foundation for …