2018 election

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America “was never that great” and won’t be great until all Americans share true equality, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday in a speech blasting Republican President Donald Trump and his slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

 

The rising cost of health care has become a major point of contention in this year's race for the 22nd Congressional District, including how the candidates have voted on the issue in the past.

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The Democratic frontrunner in the primary race for Attorney General, Tish James, said if elected she’d be independent of her political ally, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

James, who is in her second term as New York City’s Public Advocate, was nominated by the state Democratic Party to be its candidate. She has appeared frequently in public with Cuomo, who’s seeking a third term as governor. She recently made a trip with the governor and other elected officials to Puerto Rico to help storm survivors.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has both a primary challenger and several general election opponents as he seeks a third term. But New Yorkers might be forgiven for mistakenly thinking that the governor is actually running against President Donald Trump.

On nearly a daily basis, Cuomo spends a portion of his public events railing against Trump.

He spent three days in a row in late July critiquing what he said is the president’s failed cleanup efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of two major hurricanes.

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A high school student from Saratoga County who went undercover in May to record Democrat Tedra Cobb at an event for teenagers was paid three times by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is enjoying solid support from the leaders of most of the major unions in New York as he runs for a third term in office. But Cuomo’s relationship with organized labor was not always so sunny.

Cuomo’s frequent appearances with union leaders in recent months have included lavish praise on both sides.

Mario Cilento, head of the state’s AFL-CIO, which has 2.5 million members, spoke at an event with Cuomo in the spring.

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Democratic candidate for Congress, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica), finished his town hall tour of the 22nd District over the weekend. During Brindisi's hour-long Q&A with a crowd of about 25 in Oswego County Sunday, he pledged to work for his district rather than his party, saying Congress needs independent thinkers to achieve progress.

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Green Party candidate for lieutenant governor Jia Lee is pushing for more funding and less standardized testing and segregation in public schools. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon has been calling on Cuomo to have a debate before the primary election in September. But waiting on a debate could be a strategy by the governor.

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There’s a four-way democratic primary for Attorney General of New York, to replace Eric Schneiderman, who resigned over allegations he physically abused women that he dated.

One of the candidates, Zephyr Teachout, was at the State Capitol for several events Monday, including an endorsement by Assemblyman Phil Steck. Steck is one of the only state legislators who was a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

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After months of speculation about her political plans, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced last month that she was launching an independent campaign for governor. Rather than run as a Democrat, and challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo in a primary, Miner is the first candidate under a new party, the Serve America Movement. Miner joins host Grant Reeher to discuss her campaign for governor. 

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Green party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins called on the state Wednesday to get tougher when it comes to preventing lead poisoning in children.

Hawkins said it is a crime that so many children across New York State have elevated lead levels in their blood. He proposed five steps to deal with what he called a crisis, including a state law that would require that all rental units have lead-safe certification, before a family moves in.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just over $31 million in his campaign coffers, according to the most recent July filings.

That amount dwarfs the amount collected by his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro, who each have less than a million dollars in their war chests.

Cuomo raised over $6 million from January to mid-July of this year, and spent nearly $5.4 million, most of that in the months since he gained Nixon, an actor and education activist, as a Democratic primary challenger.

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Opponents to incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 governor’s race are continuing to weigh in on the corruption convictions of the former head of Cuomo’s economic development programs. Independent candidate for governor and the former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says it’s not just Cuomo and his administration who are to blame.

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Democrats are optimistic about their chances of flipping New York's 22nd Congressional District this fall. Election analysts consider Mohawk Valley Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the nation, and her opponent is raising more money than she is. Some think the Republican's sometimes divisive rhetoric may be a determining factor in her reelection bid.

Primary challengers to a group of former breakaway Democrats in the state Senate have been gaining momentum lately, at least when it comes to campaign endorsements.

Many are encouraged by the June upset win of primary challenger, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to longtime Queens Congressman Joe Crowley.

The Democratic primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon, has challenged several of the candidates challenging former members of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference.

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President Donald Trump is set to announce his choice for a new Supreme Court justice, which he’s said could eventually result in the reversal of the abortion rights case Roe v. Wade.

New York has had legal abortion since 1970, three years before the landmark ruling. But advocates and many Democratic politicians say it’s not enough, and it could become an issue in this year’s governor’s race.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro is putting ethics issues at the top of his campaign. During a stop in Syracuse Thursday, Molinaro has a list of proposals he thinks will make for better government in Albany.

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Central New York Democrats resoundingly chose Dana Balter over Juanita Perez Williams as their candidate to take on Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. Balter won Tuesday’s primary with more than 60 percent of the vote and the enthusiasm of passionate supporters across the 24th Congressional District, despite being down in the polls.

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There is a record setting wave of candidates running for political office this year. Most are women, and most of them are Democrats. Two are running for the Democratic nomination in the 24th Congressional District, which covers all of Onondaga, Cayuga and Wayne counties and the western part of Oswego County. 

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Juanita Perez Williams is running in a primary Tuesday, against designated Democratic candidate Dana Balter for their party’s nomination in the race for the 24th Congressional District. Perez Williams, who lost in the Syracuse mayoral race last year, said she’s ready to support a bold vision for the region’s future.

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Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is criticizing former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner as she enters into the governor’s race. But Hawkins admitted her candidacy could end up helping him.

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner entered the race for governor this week, where she looks to face incumbent Andrew Cuomo. But Miner, a long time Democrat is not running on the Democratic Party line. Instead, she is the candidate for a newly formed political movement.

Miner, coming to the race relatively late, and with little money and name recognition outside of upstate New York, says she knows she faces an uphill battle.

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is joining the race for governor, according to an announcement reported this morning in the New York Times. 

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Members of Congress from New York, on both sides of the aisle, are focusing in on how their parties can win seats in November's midterm elections. The economy and women are two factors that could push each party towards victory.

Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Finger Lakes Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) both agree; to win in the general election, Republicans need to focus on the strong economy. Reed said Republicans should celebrate the low unemployment rate, which is at historic levels for the black and Hispanic populations and promote passing tax cuts.

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The congressional midterm elections this November may be the most important midterm in a generation, and even the primaries are generating national attention. One of those primaries is in central New York, where two Democrats are running to unseat Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. This week, Grant Reeher moderates an informal debate with Dana Balter and Juanita Perez Williams. 

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State Sen. Dave Valesky (D-Oneida) has his first Republican opponent in eight years. Economist Janet Burman has decided to run against Valesky, in a district that stretches from the city of Rome in Oneida County into Cayuga County, and includes half of the city of Syracuse.

Burman said she and her husband almost decided to leave New York for a lower taxed state two years ago, but decided against it, because they loved Syracuse. Now she says she’s going to try to do something about those taxes, by running for state Senate.

Democrats Dana Balter, and Juanita Perez Williams will face off in a June 26 primary, with the winner moving on to face Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. The two share a number of things in common, but there are also differences between them. Those differences came out during a conversation with Grant Reeher for this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations. 

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A Siena poll finds Gov.  Andrew Cuomo is securely ahead of his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro, in his re-election bid.

Meanwhile, Cuomo is using some of his $30 million campaign war chest to promote an anti-gun violence measure.

The poll finds Cuomo ahead of Nixon by about 35 points, at 61 to 26 percent, among Democrats who say they are likely to vote in the November election.

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Primary Day is less than two weeks away for two women who want to be the Democratic candidate in the race for the central New York congressional seat currently held by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus). As their campaigns sprint toward the finish line, they face one factor beyond their control: the calendar. 

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