Last week, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for nearly 20 hours. The relatively low-key proceedings before the Committee contrasted starkly with the sensationalism and drama that surrounded the nomination of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speculated that Democrats may “believe they’re in good…

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Seven months ago, the lives of New Yorkers dramatically changed when the coronavirus pandemic broke out. Since then, more than 470,000 New Yorkers have tested positive for COVID-19. Tragically, more than 25,500 residents of the Empire State have lost their lives. Because of the pandemic, New Yorkers are experiencing fear, grief, and loss. Because of…

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This week, Albany Update will profile the race in State Senate District 42, a Hudson Valley district that includes all of Sullivan County and portions of Orange, Ulster, and Delaware Counties. The district is currently represented by Sen. Jen Metzger (D-Rosendale). In her re-election bid, Sen. Metzger faces off against Republican Mike Martucci. Sen. Metzger…

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On October 7, 2020, the two major party nominees for Vice President of the United States—Vice President Mike Pence (R-IN) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)—squared off in their one and only televised debate. Conventional wisdom holds that running mates usually have a negligible impact upon presidential election results. However, some pundits have speculated that because…

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Following President Donald Trump’s appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States, Democratic members of the U.S. Senate have spoken out against the nomination. Senate Democrats take issue with Senate Republicans’ willingness to consider an appointee to the high court this close to Election Day when the Senate GOP…

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This week, Albany Update profiles the congressional race in New York’s 20th Congressional District. The district includes all of Albany and Schenectady Counties, eastern Montgomery County, western Rensselaer County, and southern Saratoga County. In this contest, incumbent Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) faces Liz Joy (R-Schenectady). Rep. Tonko—running on the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families Party…

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On September 25, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children. While federal law already offers some protection for born-alive infants, the President’s order contains additional directions for the Secretary of Health and Human Services in regard to this important issue. The order directs the Secretary to ensure…

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On Tuesday, November 3, voters across the nation will cast their ballots for President of the United States. Here in New York, voters will also cast ballots for U.S. House of Representatives, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, and various local offices. New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, NYCF’s educational arm, is committed to…

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