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  • Luksik hits Toomey on abortion

    We've written a few times about Pat Toomey's attempts at moderation -- such as his support of Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court last spring -- as he targets votes in the political center in the Senate general election this fall. Here's one of the drawbac...
  • Rural legislators down on transit

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- The unpopularity of mass transit among some rural, conservative Republican legislators was re-emphasized today at a House Republican Policy Committee hearing on what needs to be done to find money to improve state roads, ...
  • Pa legis staff biggest in US

    State budget problems? What budget problems? We can only hope Brian O'Neill is sitting down. The Scranton Times-Tribune has new numbers from the National Conference of State Legislatures showing Pa's legislative staff level is the biggest in the nation, ...
  • Mollohan in trouble?

    Alan Mollohan's conservative Democratic challenger Mike Oliverio is ahead of the incumbent by 8 points, Oliverio's camp tells CQ: A poll conducted for state Sen. Mike Oliverio (D) has him leading Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D) ahead of the May 11 primary el...
  • WashPost: Critz funded by Murtha supporters

    Sorry about the lack of posts today. Computer problems. Now that we're back, here's the WashPost on Mark Critz -- the aide in charge of earmarks for Jack Murtha -- getting a lot of campaign contributions from defense contractors and others who benefitted...
  • Bowyer on Pa Tea Parties

    Radio talker Jerry Bowyer -- last seen in these pages commenting on the senatorial hopes of conservative activist Peg Luksik -- writes for the Wall Street Journal about the Tea Party's roots in Pa: The Keystone State's tea party movement actually began s...
  • Specter gets nod from papers

    Both the Post-Gazette and the Inquirer editorial boards endorsed Arlen Specter over the weekend in the Democratic primary that's just three weeks away. Inquirer: Yet, when you look at the sum of his career and what it has meant to Pennsylvania, you have...
  • Joe the Vice President

      Vice President Joe Biden was in town at lunchtime Friday, raising cash for Mark Critz, the Democrat who’s the nominee for his old boss’s job as congressman for the 12th District.  He’s running in a May 18 special election against Tim Burns, the...
  • The Burns jobs debate

    Much of the debate in the heated 12th district special election has focused on Republican Tim Burns' business background. His campaign is using it to argue he's a successful, proven job creator for the area. Democrat Mark Critz is saying Burns sold his so...
  • Ras polls Big Ben

    Rasmussen dips its toe into the Ben Roethlisberger mess and finds the QB has a tiny 24% approval rating statewide. How bad is 24? It's almost 20 points lower than Ed Rendell's, which is at its 8-year nadir....
  • Kelly touts football, biz experience

    We showed you Paul Huber's first ad yesterday, and here's fellow District 3 GOP candidate Mike Kelly's: ...
  • Specter faces tough climate vote

    Arlen Specter could be in a political pickle if a clean energy bill goes to the Senate floor this summer, says the National Journal's Amy Harder: As a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Specter voted in favor of the climate bill that ...
  • 12th district fundraisers

    12th District special election reminder: Newt Gingrich raises money for Tim Burns today and Joe Biden does the same for Mark Critz here in Pittsburgh tomorrow. The GOP is counter-programming the Biden event with a 1:15 p.m. rally at their Westmoreland Co...
  • Birthday greetings

    To the PG's Dan Malloy, who gets a mention today from "the man the White House wakes up to," Politico's Mike Allen....
  • Critz goes own way

    Shira Toeplitz at CQ Politics says Mark Critz is going with his own team during the 12th District special, instead of campaigners who long worked for his boss Jack Murtha: Critz, who often evokes the congressman’s name in his television spots, has put ...
  • Huber's first ad up

    "I'm Paul Huber, a pro-life Republican," the Meadville businessman says in the first GOP ad of the 3rd District congressional race (via PoliticsPa): ...
  • Daddy wars in District 4

    In a Pa Bar Association interview in 1997, Republican Joan Orie Melvin was asked how she could juggle being a Superior Court judge and a mother of six. "I walked out of that interview totally demeaned,'" said Melvin, now a Supreme Court judge, in one of m...
  • New Burns ad on cap/trade

    Republican Tim Burns takes on cap-and-trade and energy costs in his latest TV ad. It comes on the same day that Dem opponent Mark Critz gets the endorsement of the United Mine Workers. Dan Malloy factchecks: The ad claims that the climate bill "guarante...
  • LR: no comment on Big Ben

    From Joe Smydo: He may be the mayor of Pittsburgh and an influential voice in the region, but Luke Ravenstahl is keeping his counsel on this one. Asked this morning to weigh in on the Ben Roethlisberger controversy and its impact on the city, the mayo...
  • Mark Critz, R-Johnstown

    Real Clear Politics notes that Mark Critz is doing all he can -- outwardly -- to distance himself from Democratic leaders, even as he's holding private fundraisers for his 12th District special election race with Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden: But even as h...