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  • Murtha family starts foundation

    The family of Rep. John P. Murtha, who died Feb. 8 of complications related to gall bladder surgery, is starting a foundation to endow a Center for Public Service in the late congressman's name at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The center wil...
  • Capitol tackles beer today

    From Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- State officials tackle a lot of vexing problems -- declines in tax revenue, opposition to highway tolls, public anger over pay raises. Today, Senate and House panels that oversee liquor issues will deal with one of the le...
  • Biden in town next Friday

    Get the 7-second delay ready. Joe Biden will be in town next week to fundraise for Mark Critz's special election bid, Politico reports (via Pa2010): A ticket to the April 23 event at a Pittsburgh restaurant will cost either $250 for a general reception o...
  • NRCC spends big on HCR ads

    The National Republican Congressional Committee is spending more than a quarter million on TV ads in the 12th District special election race tying Democrat Mark Critz to health care reform, Politico notes, "after NRCC polling in the district showed the Ob...
  • Orie sister supended

    From Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- State Supreme Court staff member Janine Orie has been indefinitely suspended, with pay, from her $66,950-a-year state job, due to the charges brought against her last week by Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappal...
  • Tom Murphy lets the dogs out

    The Twin Towers were still up. Bill Clinton was still president. "Who Let the Dogs Out" was on heavy rotation on Sony Discmans. And a proposal from a former divinity student to drastically remake Downtown Pittsburgh almost tore the city apart. This year ...
  • Pa3 grades; Libertarians in 3 &12

    Mercer County conservative blogger Roberta Biros takes a look at the six GOP candidates in the 3rd District race and gives her best grades to Steve Fisher and Clayton Grabb. As we noted last week, there is a Libertarian candidate in that race to unseat K...
  • Brady for Williams

    While Onorato picks up support from Pittsburgh's congressman, Anthony Williams gets one of Philadelphia's, Bob Brady. From the Daily News: State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams declared the May 18 Democratic primary election a race between himself and Allegh...
  • Baer on Orie v Zappala

    John Baer takes his usual no-holds-barred look at politics -- this time of the Pittsburgh variety in his column today in the Daily News: THE SAGA of Pittsburgh's Sisters Orie - the senator, the Supreme Court justice and her aide - has implications well b...
  • Doyle endorses Onorato

    U.S Rep. Mike Doyle is endorsing Dan Onorato's gubernatorial run in an 11 a.m. presser at CCAC today -- that's possibly meaningful in the fight for votes in Pittsburgh vs. Jack Wagner....
  • Specter on defense on the court

    Arlen Specter was in no mood to address Supreme Court picks this weekend -- he released only a terse statement on John Paul Stevens' retirement late Friday afternoon, while the Sestak camp was doing all it could to remind Democrats of his support of Bush ...
  • Buchanan campaign manager resigns after Orie charges

    The congressional campaign manager for Mary Beth Buchanan -- a man named Kurt Acker who was formerly a staffer for state Sen. Jane Orie, R-McCandless -- resigned today in the wake of the fraud charges filed against his former boss. Orie and her sister J...
  • Pgh's tea party Thurs @ noon

    The Pittsburgh Tea Party Movement has its second anniversary tax day rally set for noon Thursday at Mellon Park. Full details at their website here. Speakers include: Rose Tennent - Co-host of "Quinn and Rose" Pastor C. L. Bryant - National spokes...
  • Sestak again slams Specter on Court

    Joe Sestak released this statement on John Paul Stevens and Arlen Specter's role in court confirmations: "In the 34 years since he was appointed by President Ford, Justice John Paul Stevens has become one of the important justices of his time. As we tu...
  • Gleason supports Steele

    Pennsylvania state GOP chairman Rob Gleason is one of 31 state chairs nationwide signing on to a letter in support of RNC chair Michael Steele, who has been rocked by scandal the past two weeks. The full letter with background is here from the National J...
  • Stevens retiring; Specter in spotlight?

    Speaking of retirements, nearly 90-year-old Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has also announced he's stepping down. The Pennsylvania connection -- Arlen Specter is of course a longtime Judiciary Committee member who publicly urged Stevens on Sun...
  • Former state Rep. Olasz dies

    From Linda Wilson Fuoco: Richard D. Olasz of West Mifflin, who served a total of 35 years as an elected Democratic official on borough council, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and on Allegheny County Council, died late last night at UPMC Pre...
  • Stupak retiring

    Bart Stupak -- the friend of Mike Doyle, and leader (with Kathy Dahlkemper) of the group of anti-abortion Democrats who sealed the approval of health care reform -- is announcing his retirement. The surprise decision underlines the difficulties such Demo...
  • Sestak in Pgh today

    Joe Sestak will be all around Pittsburgh this afternoon. From his campaign: At 1:15 PM Friday, April 9, Joe will be joined by panelists with backgrounds in finance, industry, and economics to discuss how policies like NAFTA have accelerated the declin...
  • Critz, Burns close in fundraising

    Already battling over the airwaves, the two candidates facing off in the special election to fill Jack Murtha's congressional seat appear to be running close in fundraising too. Democrat Mark Critz raised more than $382,000 in about five weeks after ente...