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Can Paul Ryan run for Speaker from outside the House?

The United States Constitution does not require that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is a member of that body.  It’s never happened before, but the members of the House are free to elect a Speaker from outside of

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Vanessa Williams for Congress?

A spate of recent articles in The Buffalo News detailing celebrity superstar Vanessa Williams‘ affection for Buffalo has sparked widespread speculation among local political operatives that she is contemplating a run for Congress in New York’s 26th district.  The local political

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Higgins urged to challenge Pelosi for Speakership

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) will not support Nancy Pelosi as Leader of the House Democrats, he pledged to area publications this week.  But activists want the seven-term Congressman to stand up for the region’s economic interests more assertively at this

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Golisano for Congress?

Following the sudden death of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, age 88, observers are speculating who might replace the longtime Representative — who rose to serve as the Chairwoman of the powerful House Rules Committee during her three decades in elected office.

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Kevin Stocker is willing to primary Chris Collins

Democratic Party activists are almost enthralled.  Attorney Kevin Stocker, a prominent and popular moderate Republican and former Town Prosecutor, is willing to primary incumbent Congressman Chris Collins, one of the wealthiest members of the House of Representatives and a resident of

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Slaughter, Schumer brace for war

Anytime Democrats or Republicans get whupped in a big national election, the pundits and chattering classes inevitably pose some existential questions: What went wrong? Does the party have a future?… via Slaughter, Schumer brace for war — Rochester City Newspaper, City

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Buffalo must expect more from Chuck Schumer 

New York State’s longtime Senator Chuck Schumer (D-Brooklyn) has been elected Senate Minority Leader, making him the most powerful Democrat in America. Many influential members of the incoming Congress are pushing to amend its rule to bring back the practice of earmark