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  • GOP: Obama takes out the trash

    Outrage, discomfort, and comment on the Memorial Day "garbage dump" from Pa GOP chairman Rob Gleason: HARRISBURG - Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement after White House lawyers detailed the administrati...
  • Sestak: Clinton expressed concern

    Here's the official statement from the Sestak camp: MEDIA, PA - U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Joe Sestak released the following statement today: "Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton.  During the course of the conversati...
  • Sestak/WH reacts

    HuffPost: The White House's study was done 2 1/2 months ago.Hot Air: Er, isn’t that at the least an admission of attempting to tamper with the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania?  If this didn’t violate the law, why did Rahm Emanuel ask Bill Clint...
  • See White House memo here

    Here is a pdf of the two-page memorandum on the Sestak job offer from White House counsel Robert F. Bauer....
  • More on Clinton/Sestak talk

    From Dan Malloy WASHINGTON -- Former President Bill Clinton, on the direction of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, approached Rep. Joe Sestak about serving on an executive branch advisory board in order to get him out of the Pennsylvania Senate...
  • Bill Clinton offered Sestak job

    Here's the NYT on Bill Clinton acting on the White House's behalf in the Joe Sestak job offer: President Obama’s chief of staff used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to see if Representative Joe Sestak would drop out of a Senate primary...
  • Morris: Grand Jury on Sestak

    Conservative columnist Dick Morris has a novel idea -- it the the DoJ won't name a special prosecutor on the Joe Sestak White House job offer, Tom Corbett should take up the job. Morris: Corbett’s jurisdiction stems from the concept of universal juris...
  • Sestak report today

    Yes, he's a conservative Democrat. Mark Critz (with Chris Carney) was one of two Pa Democrats voting against repeal of Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell in the House last night. (PoliticsPa) Nicely timed for the Memorial Day weekend, the White House will release its ...
  • Toomey hits HCR in H'burg

    From Tom Barnes At a medical practice in Camp Hill today, just across the river from Harrisburg, 20 doctors in white coats met with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey to criticize President Obama’s newly enacted federal health care program...
  • Obama on Sestak: "nothing improper"

    President Barack Obama, in a rare long-form news conference this afternoon, promised a full and detailed response on the alleged job offer to Rep. Joe Sestak to get him out of the Senate race and added "I can assure nothing improper took place." "There w...
  • Hoeffel's done

    No big surprise here. From the Inquirer: Joe Hoeffel, who has stood as a candidate for office 17 times, said Wednesday that he had given up on his statewide ambitions. He made the decision after finishing last in the four-man Democratic gubernatorial pri...
  • In Search Of . . . the urban agenda

    From Rich Lord: Extremely alert readers may have wondered: What ever happened to Pittsburgh Council Finance Chair William Peduto's effort to unite Pennsylvania's cities behind a common urban agenda? The drive continues tonight when the councilman sp...
  • Last of the Jedi

    David Paul Kuhn has a column at Real Clear Politics today about the US still fighting over the 60s, with percolating debates over civil rights and service in Vietnam. I'll note that fights from the 80s still resonate too. I wrote an obituary in today's p...
  • Conklin a reformer: Onorato

    Now that Scott Conklin has finally been named the winner of the Dem Lt Gov race, here's Dan Onorato's statement on his now running mate: “Scott Conklin became a State Representative because he was disgusted with the Harrisburg culture after the infam...
  • Corbett to Rohrer: Man Up

    Nice story here from Alex Roarty at PoliticsPa about the lingering tensions between the Tom Corbett and Sam Rohrer camps. The Rohrer camp still maintains that Corbett is not a true conservative and considered (but ultimately dropped) running a write-in ca...
  • GOP still wants Sestak counsel

    Republicans are doing their best to keep the Joe Sestak White House job offer story going. From Jake Tapper at ABC News: In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today, all seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee "urge the appointment of ...
  • Cook takes aim at Burns ads

    In a feisty mood after saying at one point that PA-12 was moving toward Republican Tim Burns -- only to see him lose by almost 9 points to Mark Critz -- respected pollster Charlie Cook takes aim at Burns' campaign team and his ads. From the National Journ...
  • CQ on Critz's high profile

    His tenure in the U.S. House is not even a week old, but Rep. Mark Critz, D-Murtha, is being thrust into the spotlight by Democratic leaders eager to show his campaign is a roadmap to success in the fall. CQ's Kate Hunter -- a fellow proud Tar Heel grad -...
  • Gov. in D.C to push spending bill

    Gov. Ed Rendell is in sunny Washington today to advocate along with labor leaders for the tax extenders bill that Congress is trying to pass this week before it heads off for Memorial Day. The bill includes a bunch of jobs programs and things but also FMA...
  • Ridge: create terror courts

    Former Homeland Security director/Pa Governor Tom Ridge argues -- in a USA Today op-ed today -- for a third way of trying terror suspects, instead of civil trials or military tribunals: If you believe as I do that we will be dealing with threats and terr...