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Jerry Zremski - Washington, DC

Jerry Zremski is The Buffalo News' Washington bureau chief. A News staffer since 1984, he won the David Lynch Memorial Reporting Award for regional coverage of Congress in 2017.


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The Buffalo-area battle between an indicted Republican congressman and his upstart opponent went national Wednesday, as alt-right standard bearer Steve Bannon made plans to travel to Elma to boost Rep. Chris Collins and as a top Democratic funding committee came to the aid of the embattled GOP lawmaker's Democratic challenger, Nathan McMurray. The dueling announcements …

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WASHINGTON – Democratic congressional candidate Nathan McMurray Wednesday got the strong support from his national party that he's been longing for for months. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is charged with electing more Democrats to the House, added McMurray to its "Red to Blue" program. The move means that McMurray will likely get financial and…

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WASHINGTON — Two of the essentials of American politics — money and momentum — now seem to be headed in the direction of the Democrat running for Congress in New York State's most heavily Republican congressional district. Nathan McMurray, the Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence in the state's 27th congressional district, Tuesday reported an e…

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WASHINGTON – Republican Rep. Chris Collins holds a narrow, statistically insignificant lead over Democrat Nathan McMurray in the race for the House seat in New York's deeply conservative 27th Congressional district, according to a Spectrum News/Siena College poll released early Tuesday. Collins leads McMurray by a margin of 46 to 43 percent in the survey of 490 likely v…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins' legal troubles nearly stopped his campaign fundraising in its tracks, but he still had more than $1 million on hand as of Sept. 30 to wage an aggressive campaign against Democrat Nathan McMurray. That's the bottom line of the third-quarter campaign finance report the Collins campaign filed late Sunday. McMurray had not yet filed his repo…

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NEW YORK — Rep. Chris Collins won't stand trial on criminal insider trading charges until Feb. 3, 2020, more than halfway through his next congressional term if the embattled Republican from Clarence wins re-election in November. U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick set that trial date Thursday after the Collins legal team asked for more time to prepare a defen…

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Rep. Chris Collins this week gave his first interviews since re-entering the race for Congress three weeks ago, indicating on radio station WBEN that he hopes to win re-election and continue to serve in Congress while fighting criminal insider trading charges. But when asked by The Buffalo News if Collins would commit to serving in the next Congress — and vow that he wo…

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Democratic congressional candidate Nathan McMurray is no fan of President Trump – but he tweets a bit like the tweeter-in-chief. "NO LIES. NO CASH. NO BODYGUARDS.JUST YOU AND ME CHRIS. ON STAGE. DO YOUR JOB.AND FACE ME," read one recent tweet in which McMurray taunted his opponent, Rep. Chris Collins, over the Republican incumbent's refusal to commit to a debate. Tha…

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WASHINGTON – Democratic congressional candidate Nathan McMurray pulled in more than $475,000 in campaign cash between July 1 and Sept. 30, with the vast majority of it coming after the Aug. 8 arrest of his Republican opponent, Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence. McMurray's campaign announced the fundraising total Monday, saying that after campaign expenses were taken into a…

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Rep. Chris Collins' next court date is set for Thursday, but the Republican from Clarence won't be there. Collins, his son Cameron and Cameron's prospective father-in-law — all indicted on federal insider trading charges — have asked to be excused from the status conference in the criminal case. And on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick ruled that the…

Politics

A proposed Oct. 18 debate between Rep. Chris Collins and Democratic rival Nathan McMurray is officially off, after the Collins campaign never formally responded to the invitation. The sponsors of the debate – The Buffalo News, WNED/WBFO and WGRZ – set Thursday as the final deadline for committing to the debate. The news outlets confirmed Friday that the debate would …

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President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week patched up their feud and struck a new trade deal – which does nothing to help Buffalo-area companies bearing the weight of the steel and aluminum tariffs the two leaders imposed this summer. But the strong economy is helping some of those local companies bear the higher costs that come with tariffs. …

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WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Tuesday called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to release the results of its most recent inspection of the troubled Towne Gardens housing complex in Buffalo, saying that information could prompt improvements and possibly show residents they are not in danger. HUD inspected the property in Jun…

Business

WASHINGTON – Areas that depend heavily on cross-border trade – such as metro Buffalo and Southern Ontario – averted disaster Monday. American auto workers and dairy farmers, meanwhile, came out as winners. And it all happened because President Trump, keeping a promise he made while campaigning in 2016, struck a deal with Canada and Mexico to replace the North America…

State

The congressional candidate and the comedian hit it off at first. Nathan McMurray and Michael Ian Black joked and talked politics and it all went well – until the topic turned to the right to keep and bear arms. "He really blasted me for saying I was for the Second Amendment," recalled McMurray, a Democrat. "It was a slightly awkward scene," added McMurray's friend M…