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  • Sestak camp to vets: Specter's Swift-Boating

    In response to an attack ad put out by Sen. Arlen Specter, the campaign of Rep. Joe Sestak has reached out to reporters -- with a spokesman calling it a "Republican-style negative campaign" -- but also veterans who have pledged their support for his Senat...
  • Casey, Dems back derivatives crackdown

    Senate Democrats are hoping to browbeat Republicans into backing their Wall Street reform proposals by casting the bill in populist terms – and Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., is embracing the rhetoric. “When I see the reactions by Republicans in the Sena...
  • Onorato gains on gov leader Corbett

    GOP candidate Tom Corbett continues his leads over the Democrats in the gubernatorial race, Rasmussen finds, with fellow Pittsburgher Dan Onorato trailing closest at 9 points back. Still, Onorato was 17 points back a month ago, the toplines show....
  • Burns up 3 in new poll

    The PPP poll Dan Malloy previewed yesterday is out now, and it shows Republican Tim Burns with a 3-point lead over Dem party choice Mark Critz (44-41) tracking the results from a different poll (showing a 4-point Burns lead) that Early Returns posted last...
  • Shut up & let me talk

    When Mary Beth Buchanan got in a spat with KDKA Radio rabble-rouser Marty Griffin in February, on her very first day on the campaign trail, the moment seemed destined to live on throughout the rest of her inaugural congressional run. Now GOP opponent Kei...
  • 12th a dead heat; Obama unpopular

    A poll from a conservative group shows a dead heat between Tim Burns and Mark Critz in the 12th District special -- while agreeing with these results yesterday from Public Policy Polling that Obama's approval rating in the district hovers around 30%. Fro...
  • Sestak's ad

    Here's Sestak's first ad, a bio piece that goes over his Navy service, his daughter's health issues and the need to replace "career politicians" in Washington. ...
  • Specter's attack ad

    As we wait for Joe Sestak's first ads to hit the airwaves -- he confirmed to the Post-Gazette today that they're up, as some friends reported yesterday -- it appears the Specter has released a preemptive round of attack ads on the former Navy admiral. Ch...
  • CQ: Pa 12's blueprint

    CQ's Josh Kurtz writes on the national importance of the special election for Jack Murtha's seat: But the Pennsylvania race is important. A Republican victory there would radiate out to the rest of the state and region — and could truly set the tone fo...
  • Obama 33% approval in PA-12

    In a survey of the battleground 12th district, Public Policy Polling found that President Barack Obama has a 33 percent approval rating and the health care reform bill is supported by just 28 percent of the district. The full poll will be released Tuesday...
  • Big names in Buchanan report

    One of the surprises in last week's first quarter FEC reports was in the 4th congressional district GOP race, where Mary Beth Buchanan was out-performed by little known Edgeworth attorney Keith Rothfus. It's surprising, as Jim O'Toole noted last week, bec...
  • Specter, 37, on Sestak & more

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- Some of his critics think U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, having reached the ripe old age of 80, should step down after 30 years in the Senate and not seek re-election. But he is seeking another six-year term and will face U.S. Re...
  • Sestak back to Pgh Tuesday

    Joe Sestak will be back in Pittsburgh at noon tomorrow for the Mellon Square equal pay rally 2 Political Junkies write about here....
  • Huber "on the radar"

    There are six GOP candidates gunning for Kathy Dahlkemper's seat, but Meadville businessman Paul Huber and Butler car dealer Mike Kelly are the ones "on the radar" of the National Republican Congressional Committee, notes (Pittsburgh native) Shira Toepl...
  • Orie may get Dem challenger

    Here's my breaking news story on the candidate Democrats are running against McCandless Republican Jane Orie -- Ross Twp commissioner Dan DeMarco. Orie had been unopposed, but now that she's been charged with corruption Democrats from Allegheny and Butle...
  • Pelosi to raise $$ for Critz

    CQ is reporting today that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will host a Washington fund-raiser for Mark Critz, the former district director for Rep. John P. Murtha now running for his old seat. Pelosi was close friends with Murtha and it makes sense that she'd ...
  • Labor targets Dem over HCR

    I have a story today on the lingering labor anger (especially at the USW) at Jason Altmire over his vote against health care reform, though the sense seems to be that the key Democratic constituency will eventually have to back him. Here's Politico on th...
  • Out on the Weekend

    From the harvest of weekend reading: Mary Beth Buchanan and Keith Rothfus are duplicates on the issues, so their battle for the GOP nomination to face Jason Altmire is mostly ad hominem. The GOP fights for a "political hammer blow -- at once practical a...
  • Don't forget to register

    If you're reading this site you're most likely registered to vote, but if not, today is the deadline for registering before the May 18 Pa primary. (That's 30 days from tomorrow.) Here is how to register in Allegheny County, though the directions are simi...
  • Rothenberg: shifts favor GOP

      The Rothenberg Political Report, the closely watched handicapper of congressional races, continues to see more House seats in play in Pennsylvania than in any other state in the nation.  The latest edition of the report, just out Friday, lists 10 of ...