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Nov 13, 2018

Why wait? Democrats openly flirt with 2020 White House bids

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the days after the midterm election, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker worked the phones with Democratic luminaries in Iowa. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock courted high-dollar donors in New York. Other Democrats openly mused about their White House ambitions on live television. Motivated by an urgency to unseat President Donald Trump and […]

Nov 12, 2018

Democratic state gains may mean tighter gun, looser pot laws

From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy. While Republicans remain in charge […]

Aug 30, 2018

Allies worry Trump isn’t ready for gathering storm

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s advisers and allies are increasingly worried that he has neither the staff nor the strategy to protect himself from a possible Democratic takeover of the House, which would empower the opposition party to shower the administration with subpoenas or even pursue impeachment charges. Within Trump’s orbit, there is consensus that […]

Apr 18, 2018

New York state State Senate Democrats reunite for first time since 2011 split

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats in the New York state Senate reunited Tuesday for the first time since a 7-year-long schism within the party helped give control of the chamber to Republicans. Former members of the Independent Democratic Conference and mainline Democrats met briefly behind closed doors at the Capitol, a day after the eight-member […]

May 22, 2015

Democrats choose their candidates

The Monroe County Democratic Committee on Thursday endorsed several candidates for the upcoming fall election. They include endorsing Judge Stephen Miller for re-election to a second 10-year term on the Rochester City Court bench and Maritza Buitrago for a new Family Court judgeship. The party is also endorsing Sandy Frankel of Brighton for a second […]

Aug 25, 2014

For election, Dems reframe debate on health care

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of repealing. Two-term Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, who is locked in one of the most competitive races in the country, […]

Jul 26, 2014

Judicial candidates prepare for primary

The ballot positions have been established in the three-way primary race for a new Rochester City Court judge seat. The positions were drawn Tuesday for the primary election scheduled for Sept. 9. William T. Gargan, who received the backing of the Monroe County Democratic Committee, will top the ballot. Fellow Democratic candidates Michael C. Lopez […]

Jul 16, 2014

GOP, Dems fight over legality of suing Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Constitutional lawyers backing a planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama told a congressional committee Wednesday that the action is justified because Obama has exceeded his powers in carrying out his health care law. Attorneys allied with Democrats in opposing the election-year suit said it’s the GOP that’s going too far […]

Jul 14, 2014

Biden to address Detroit conference

On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks in Detroit to attendees of Netroots Nation, the largest gathering of progressives and the Democratic activist base. The conference runs through Sunday at the COBO Center. Other speakers include Sens. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Reps. Gary Peters, Dan Kildee […]

Mar 14, 2014

County Democrats propose LDC legislation

Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature have introduced legislation that would prohibit county officers or employees from working for a Local Development Corporation or any LDC contractor or subcontractor for two years after leaving county employment. The legislation was prompted by several former county officials who have left government employment to work for LDCs and […]

Nov 22, 2013

Democrats vote to curb filibusters on appointees

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama’s current and future nominees on Thursday, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans’ ability to block final votes. The 52-48 vote to undercut venerable filibuster rules on presidential appointees capped more than a decade of struggle in […]

Nov 12, 2013

Democrats propose LLC reforms

Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature have proposed a series of reforms designed to increase oversight to local development corporations. The measures were to be brought up during a full Legislature meeting scheduled Tuesday. The reforms include: legislative consent before any LDC contract is assigned to a new vendor; legislative confirmation of all LDC board […]

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