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  • The Hill: NRCC on TV in 12th

    Based on an unnamed source, The Hill is reporting that the NRCC has bought television ad time in the 12th District special election to replace Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown. Both candidates have already hit the airwaves, but The Hill notes that the ent...
  • Williams largely funded by 3 donors

    The Inquirer looks further into the $1.63 million in PAC money Anthony Williams received for his gubernatorial campaign, finding most of it came from just three Philadelphia-area men: The money came from Joel Greenberg, Arthur Dantchik, and Jeff Yass, ma...
  • FBI raids Luzerne Dem's house

    It's not only Pittsburgh or Philadelphia-area state legislators that get investigated, you know. The FBI raided state Sen. Raphael Musto's house today in Luzerne County, according to the Times-Tribune: FBI agents are conducting a search of state Sen. Rap...
  • Shea won't run against Altmire

    Allegheny County Labor Council president Jack Shea -- who was urged by labor to run against Jason Altmire after his nay vote on health reform -- will not do so, he told Pa2010 today: “I’ve tried to be a little bit loose on this race to see what devel...
  • Huber ads up in PA-3

    Kathy Dahlkemper was in Pittsburgh last night raising money with the help of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. She's going to need it, as Republicans (including Sarah Palin) are targeting the freshman Democrat and plan to pour money into the northwestern...
  • Casey mum on US Atty candidate

    Sen. Bob Casey did a walking tour of surveillance cameras in the Mexican War Streets today, followed by a retinue including Police Chief Nate Harper, North Side council members Darlene Harris and Dan Lavelle -- but not Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who is appare...
  • Onorato stumbles at debate

    PoliticsPA's Alex Roarty reports from the latest in what seems like an endless series of debates between Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls. This one, sponsored by the League of Women Voters in Harrisburg, was noteworthy, Roarty writes, because of Alleghen...
  • Q-poll: Toomey, Corbett lead

    A Quinnipiac Poll out this morning shows Republican Pat Toomey leading incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter 46-41 and Tom Corbett easily besting his Democratic challengers in the governor's race. For Toomey, it's a reversal from Quinnipiac's March poll that show...
  • Casey makes stop for Critz

    Mark Critz, John Murtha's former district director now running for his late boss' seat, is bringing in Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., to campaign for him today in Johnstown. According to a release from the Critz campaign, Casey -- who also is doing a news con...
  • Tea Party endorses Vod Varka

    Way back when we first met Robinson machinist Joe Vod Varka as he was getting into the Senate race, I described the Democrat as having a "populist, almost tea-partyish" platform. Well, the Tea Party took notice. In its first-ever endorsement, the Philadel...
  • Sestak hits Specter on Supreme Court

    Joe Sestak's campaign is circulating a memo today attacking Sen. Arlen Specter on one of the two issues closest to his heart -- The Supreme Court. (The other is National Institutes of Health.) The former Philadelphia DA has been on the Judiciary Committee...
  • New poll: Corbett leading Dems too

    Tom Corbett not only has the GOP gubernatorial primary in the bag (Sam Rohrer's "challenge is a token one at best," Quinnipiac said this morning) but he's way up on the Democrats too, and doing well with independents. According to a new one from Public P...
  • Jack Orie: Zappala like "Mafia"

    Tough talk from the Orie clan when Jane and sister Janine were arraigned on corruption charges today, accused of using state employees to campaign for their sister Joan's successful state Supreme Court campaign last year. (A pdf of the grand jury presen...
  • Williams launches ads

    Late to the Dem governor's race but already running second in fundraising, the Anthony Williams camp has launched its ads as promised today. We'll be looking for them here in the Pittsburgh market. Note: The ads make passing mention of school choice -- t...
  • Mr. Burns

    We mentioned yesterday that Democrats are bringing in big guns, including Joe Biden, to support Mark Critz in the 12th District special election -- an election that is getting national attention as a bellwether for the mid-terms this fall and the Obama ad...
  • "People are mad"

    Some 250 people showed up for a Tim Burns rally in Johnstown last night, writes the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Helping to draw an enthusiastic crowd Tuesday was U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, who views the 12th district race as a bellwether f...
  • Specter solidifies lead: Q poll

    New Q poll shows Dan Onorato's numbers are inching upward, though undecideds still rule. From the AP: Six weeks before the May 18 primary, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning shows Mr. Onorato backed by 20 percent of likely voters, fo...
  • WashPost on Massey & politics

    Here's the Washington Post on the hard-knuckled politics of Massey Coal, the owners of the Big Branch Mine where 25 miners were killed in an explosion yesterday: If you think this makes Massey unpopular among residents of West Virginia, where it does m...
  • Williams: $1.7M raised

    As we thought, Anthony Williams is making a splash today. From the Philly state Senator's gubernatorial campaign: PHILADELPHIA, April 7, 2010 - Today state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams announced that his campaign for governor raised $1.7 million during ...
  • Biden to campaign for Critz

    National Democrats are so worried about losing the May 18 special election that they're sending big guns -- including Joe Biden -- into the 12th District to help Mark Critz, Politico says today. They're also worried about special in Hawaii a few days late...