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  • Luksik lucre

    We're just catching up with Peg Luksik's first quarter report.  It hadn't made it to the FEC web site yesterday.  As expected, Mr.s Luksik is far behind her rivals in available cash and in total contributions.  The conservative activist raised $467,000...
  • House money

      Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, has nearly ten times the campaign cash of his closest Republican challenger, according to the latest filings from the Federal Election Commission. Mr. Altmire had $1,289,2999 at the end of the first quarter to defend...
  • Santorum to S.C. again

    Once again, former Sen. Rick Santorum is headed to South Carolina to plow some fertile conservative ground for a 2012 presidential run. On Monday he'll be campaigning with Rep. Gresham Barrett, who's running for governor, and delivering a speech at The Ci...
  • Toomey camp: Polling looking up

    Republican Senate hopeful Pat Toomey put out a memo today from Basswood Research aggregating and analyzing the independent polling this month in the Senate race, with the conclusion that Toomey's doing well. "All of the trends we are seeing in public opin...
  • "Outrage" at USS Murtha?

    As we told you the other day, the Navy will name a war ship for the late Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown. The Web site of Fox News put up a story Thursday saying the decision has "outraged some critics." But the article is little more than a lengthy rete...
  • DCCC on the air in PA-12

    The DCCC, following its opposite party brethren, is now airing television ads in the boiling hot 12th district race to succeed Rep. John P. Murtha. The ad attacks Republican Tim Burns, or "Millionaire Tim Burns" as he is referred, for his support for a na...
  • Specter: $1.16 million; Sestak, $442,000

    In a terse statement Thursday afternoon, the campaign of Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., revealed that it raised $1.16 million in the first quarter and now has $9.06 million cash on hand. This is just half the total raised by Republican Pat Toomey in that span...
  • Kagan didn't pass Specter test

    Last year, Sen. Arlen Specter, then-R now-D-Pa., voted against Elena Kagan to become Solicitor General. Now that she's on the short list to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, National Journal has a look at Specter's previous opposition: But last year, as he...
  • All Quiet on the Western Front

      President Obama finally named his choices for U.S. attorney for two of the three federal districts in Pennsylvania _ the Eastern and Middle.   Zane David Memeger, a partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and a former U.S. attorney is the nominee in th...
  • Specter back up in Susq poll

    Those startling poll numbers yesterday for Joe Sestak come back to earth today, with Susquehanna showing him trailing Arlen Specter 42-28 with 26% undecided. Still, his support is growing while Specter's is flat. In a general election matchup Pat Toomey l...
  • USS John P. Murtha

    According to a report in the Navy Times, the Navy will name a ship after Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown, who died Feb. 8 of complications related to gallbladder surgery. The Navy Times got its hands on a memo from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus naming a "amph...
  • Doyle: $400K

    Mike Doyle's first quarter fundraising totals are filed -- the Forest Hills Democrat ended March with with $406,781 in hand, after raising $379,473 and spending $299,803. Tea Party Republican Melissa Haluszczak's numbers were not in. They are the only ca...
  • Pelosi's role in Pa fight

    It looks like Nancy Pelosi may have something to do with the fight over Pa's appropriations seat, which led to fallout between NE Pa Dems Paul Kanjorski and Chris Carney, Politico reports today: Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s aides won’t say whether the Ca...
  • Dems: Burns used tax loophole

    Democrats are still taking shots at "Millionaire Burns," this time over tax practices over a former health care company. From The Hill (via PoliticsPa): National Democrats are attacking Republican House candidate Tim Burns because he was an executive fo...
  • Specter ads focus on workers

    Arlen Specter touts his blue-collar support -- literally -- in the ad below, in which four steelworkers (in blue shirts) talk about his support of workers. All three of the Democrat's new ads -- all of them targeting the economy and blue-collar voters --...
  • Sestak nears Specter: poll

    Mark down April 13 as a helluva day for Joe Sestak. We mentioned below how he kicked the other Specter challenger off the ballot and a WashPost column on how he could win -- a new Rasmussen poll has him inching to within 2 points of the five-term incumb...
  • WashPost: How Sestak wins

    The conventional wisdom -- reflected in this poll, which said Sestak couldn't beat Specter even if he picked up all undecided voters -- that the former Navy admiral cannot win the Senate primary is wrong, writes Chris Cillizza of the WashPost (via Politic...
  • Vod Varka off ballot

    From Jim O'Toole: In a victory for Democratic Senate challenger Joe Sestak, a Commonwealth Court judge ordered another candidate, Joseph Vod Varka, off the Democratic primary ballot. Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt ruled that Mr. Vod Varka's nominating petiti...
  • Burns up 4 in polling last month

    We already knew there was going to be lots of national attention on the special election to fill Jack Murtha's congressional seat, and that Democrats were starting to sweat a loss. Time to throw some more (bituminous) coal on the sauna -- polling done las...
  • Dems hit Kelly on Clunkers

    You must cast a wide net to attack Republican candidates in the crowded 3rd District U.S. House race, but the DCCC today is setting its sights on car dealer Mike Kelly, of Butler, pointing out a potential blunder that could show as much about what the Dem...