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  • Rudiak subpoenas safety chief

    Here's something you don't see every day -- a member of Pittsburgh City Council issuing a subpoena to compel the city's public safety director to appear at a council meeting on snow removal. (Background on Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak's snow task force her...
  • More bad news for incumbents

    From the WashPost "Behind the Numbers" blog: The new Washington Post-ABC News poll found the public in a decidedly anti-incumbent mood, the likes of which has not been seen since the early-1990s. Six times in Post-ABC polling - including the most recent...
  • Huber, Kelly flood airwaves

    Pa2010's Dan Hirshhorn shoe-leathers a nice story here, tracking down the media buys by District 3 Republican money-leaders Paul Huber and Mike Kelly: Huber has already committed to spending more than $150,000 on broadcast television in the Erie media ma...
  • Metcalfe: no sidekick

    Daily News columnist John Baer writes today about Butler's Daryl Metcalfe and his bid for the lieutenant governor job, possibly on the undercard with Tom Corbett: Metcalfe, 47, is as conservative as it gets. He opposes routine resolutions honoring Muslim...
  • State health agency considered

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- A Montgomery County Democrat wants to create a new state bureaucracy to oversee health insurance issues, as a result of the recently approved federal law on health care, which contains certain deadlines by which states must...
  • Party switchers trending GOP

    Chris Briem looked through voter registration data and came up with the chart above, showing party switchers in Allegheny County and statewide. High numbers (above 100) show spikes for Democrats (thus, the surges in Allegheny County around the May 2009 ...
  • Cook: PA12 leans GOP

    The well-respected Cook Political Report has moved its rating for the 12th District special election race to Lean Republican, despite the district's Dem registration edge. The NRCC sends along the full report from the registration-only site after the jump...
  • McFly: Vote Specter

    The Specter camp has a new TV ad up from actor and Parkinson's disease advocate Michael J. Fox: ...
  • Specter on anniversary

    Arlen Specter will do his own speech on his first year in the Democratic party on the Senate floor. Here are the prepared remarks from his Senate office: As today completes one year since my return to the Democratic Party, I have a few observations on w...
  • Sestak: "major" speech tomorrow

    Joe Sestak's campaign is billing an event in DC tomorrow night as a "major campaign speech," co-starring former National Security advisor Richard Clarke (pictured). The speech seems to be matching more talk on Sestak's military background with the first a...
  • Biden slams RichRod in WVa

    Joe Biden gets a lot of ribbing for his remarks, but this bit from the miner service Sunday was a good one -- slamming former WVU football coach Rich Rodriguez, to the approval of the crowd. From Sports By Brooks: “They were fathers, grandfathers, son...
  • Massey hires Bush PR team

    In the wake of the worst mining disaster in 40 years, WVa's Massey Energy has hired the PR firm led by George W. Bush's top spokesman, TPM and the WSJ report: To fight off damaging publicity in the wake of the explosion earlier this month that killed 29 ...
  • Specter year-after

    Has it only been a year since Arlen Specter became a Democrat? (Here's Jim O'Toole's story about the then-shocking party switch last April 28.) Real Clear Politics has one of the first year-after look-backs: The switch gave Democrats a 59th vote in the ...
  • Burns to hit Critz on earmarks

    You could have seen this one coming: Politico says the next round of Tim Burns ads in the 12th District special will attack Mark Critz for his campaign ties to defense firms that got earmarks from late boss Jack Murtha, based on this WashPost story yest...
  • Fire union for Wagner

    There are so many endorsements in the statewide races that we rarely list them. But given the prominent place the Pittsburgh firefighters union has long played in city politics, here's their nod for Jack Wagner, who has always been close with union head (...
  • Repubs debate in PA3

    Dan Hirshhorn at Pa2010 went to the District 3 GOP congressional debate at Allegheny College last night, and describes an atmosphere that echoes the Corbett-Rohrer story we highlighted earlier -- candidates who agree on most major issues (anti HCR, stimul...
  • More on voter trends

    TheMorning Call does its look at registration trends in the Lehigh Valley (following an Inquirer story on statewide trends over the weekend). The short version: Republicans are gaining very slightly but Dems still hold the overall edge. (h/t PoliticsPa)...
  • Corbett & the zeitgeist

    Here's Dennis Roddy on the odd place Tom Corbett -- an establishment Republican -- finds himself in versus fellow gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer: far ahead in the polls and fundraising but as fluent in the zeitgeist of the right: Mr. Corbett, a lifel...
  • Sestak's record: the sequel

    The Sestak campaign staged demonstrations across the state protesting Arlen’s Specter characterization of his Naval record while the Specter campaign shot back with a demand for the 31-year veteran to release his service records. At lunchtime yesterd...
  • Palin endorses Burns

    Former Vice Presidential candidate and always lightning rod Sarah Palin today endorsed Tim Burns' candidacy in the 12th district special election, via a post on her Facebook page (hat tip to the Wall Street Journal). Palin's post compares Burns' busines...