VP Joe Biden is headed back to upstate New York. He’ll be traveling to Rochester on Wednesday, and bringing his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, with him. The couple will visit Monroe Community College and discuss education and workforce development.

President Obama will pursue a modest agenda in his State of the Union address, focusing on things he can accomplish without assistance from the sharply divided Congress.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is renewing a call for legislation that would allow student borrowers to refinance their federal student loans at lower interest rates, urging Obama to push the effort in his speech Tuesday.

The IDC is backing Erie County Legislator Betty Grant in her second primary challenge to Sen. Tim Kennedy, though she hasn’t yet committed to either all ten point of the Women’s Equality Act or joining the IDC if she wins.

With 11.5 percent of the weighted vote in this year’s state GOP convention – more than any other New York county – (thanks to Carl Paladino’s 2010 performance), Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy is a very popular guy.

New York revised its request for a $10 billion Medicaid adjustment, which would allow using that money in related health care programs, after federal officials concluded capital investment and some other programs are ineligible

The New York Times says Gov. Andrew Cuomo “deservedly lost Round 1 of the unnecessary fight he picked recently with the New York State attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, over the distribution of proceeds from a bank settlement, adding: “To persist in his pique could hurt all New Yorkers.”

A sixth Republican – former Syracuse Common Council member Rick Guy – has joined the intra-party battle to challenge Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei this fall.

The TU editorial board weighs in on the governor’s “extremist” comments: “We get what Gov. Andrew Cuomo meant. It’s how he said it that’s the problem.”

The Olean Times Herald calls this Cuomo’s “47 percent moment.”

Texas LG David Dewhurst to Sean Hannity: “As you prepare to ‘Escape from New York,’ I sincerely hope you’ll choose Texas as the destination for your family, your business and the traditional values that are apparently no longer welcome in the Empire State.”

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino called Cuomo out for being a bully during an interview with Sean Hannity on FOX News, saying he is “certainly inching forward” toward challenging the governor this fall.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will be back in Albany tomorrow to testify at the first joint legislative budget hearing.

De Blasio will be joined by NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and a diverse coalition of Council members.

Cuomo is headed to Geddes to explain the $30 million he wants to allocate for the revitalization of the Onondaga Lake shoreline. Not everyone is happy about his visit.

May upstate school superintendents don’t feel their districts fared well in Cuomo’s proposed 2014-15 budget. Also, there’s an important distinction between building and operating aid.

Dutchess County Democrat Terry Gipson was one of only four state senators to vote against letting Ulster County reinstate its additional 1 percent sales tax.

At least two New York elected officials – Sen. Tony Avella and Rep. Grace Meng – have spent campaign cash on a clown company.

Concerned that truck fumes are making children on Buffalo’s West Side sick with asthma, U.S. government officials in 2012 briefly considered barring commercial truck traffic from the Peace Bridge and moving it all to the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge 21 miles to the north.

In one of its final acts, the Bloomberg administration pushed through a costly contract to modernize the city’s 311 call system — hiring the same company fired by the feds for the botched rollout of the Obamacare website.

Angry bookworms say they were duped into signing a petition asking de Blasio to support the New York Public Library’s controversial central-library plan.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to outfit autistic kids with tracking devices. He unveiled “Avonte’s Law” one day after 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo was laid to rest.

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 1, sportsmen will be paying less to hunt and fish in New York under a plan aimed at triggering outdoor tourism.

There’s a “paleo-agenda” at the Capitol this session.

Syracuse University released its letter to Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner detailing its vision for a new 44,000 seat sports arena with a retractable roof.

Hillary Clinton supporters have some of Iowa’s top Democratic grassroots organizers and they’ve got a national super-PAC working to channel energy and enthusiasm for a draft presidential movement. Now all they need is a candidate.