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   From Albany, Republicans were quick to blast Silver's remarks.   State GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox issued a statement with terms like "cover-up" and "hush money" and called upon Silver to resign.    "Faced with a member of his caucus who had on multiple occasions sexually harassed female staff members, Spe…

   CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If there is one phrase that dominated Sen. Charles E. Schumer's rah-rah speech before the New York delegation to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, it was "middle class."    The senator made the case for President Obama's re-election by pointing out that middle-class incomes have declined for the fir…

ALBANY – A state ethics agency spent a minute in public session this morning before going into executive session to consider whether to launch a formal investigation of the sexual harassment case swirling in the Democratic-controlled Assembly. The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics is weighing details of allegations against once-powerful Brooklyn Assemblyman …

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver explained his actions in the sexual harassment case against Assemblyman Vito Lopez in a discussion with New York reporters today at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. // <![CDATA[ // &lt;![CDATA[ brightcove.createExperiences(); // ]]&gt; // ]]>

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This leafy Southern city may be known primarily as the home to banks that are too big to fail, but attendees at this week's Democratic National Convention are more likely to remember it for its Southern hospitality. The contrast to Tampa has been shocking. Last week during the Republican National Convention, downtown Tampa looked like the Green Zone…

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Huge throngs of protesters have not, as predicted, occupied downtown Tampa or downtown Charlotte during these convention weeks, but some "Occupy" protesters did manage to rain on this city's Labor Day parade. About a dozen people from the Occupy movement inserted themselves into the parade between the local postal union and a group backing…

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Empire State labor leaders put on a brave face this morning at a New York State delegation breakfast at the Democratic National Convention, which is being held in a right-to-work state where few of the workers at the hotel and other convention facilities are unionized. Asked if would have preferred that the convention be held in a state more friendly to …

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- New York delegates are starting to arrive for the Democration National Convention that starts tomorrow and they're happy to be here -- although maybe not quite so pumped up as they were four years ago in Denver. "So far the level of excitement is not as high," said Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, D-Buffalo. "It probably has some…

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email. Stephen Hawley The basicsAge: Over 40 - barely.Job title: NYS Assemblyman, District 139 (all or pa…

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. -- New York Republicans spent their breakfast this morning raving about the speeches given the night before by vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. "Paul Ryan was great," said Orleans County Republican Chairman Ed Morgan. "He's young, he's energetic...I think he resonates with the…

   CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. -– It was Rudy Giuliani at his feisty and pugnacious best before the New York delegation Thursday at the Republican National Convention.    The former mayor of New York revved up the GOP faithful by slamming the Obama administration’s national security policies and praising Sen. John McCain’s similar thoughts expressed in his W…

   CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. -- Paul Ryan's speech before the Republican National Convention drew cheers from the delegates and strong media reviews -- until the fact-checkers got involved.    Then it got nasty, and for good reason. the GOP vice presidential candidate stretched the truth, or tore it into bits and pieces, more than once.   &#…