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  • Low turnout may help GOP

    More here from the NYT's John Harwood on turnout -- it should be low for both parties, but the enthusiasm gap favors the GOP: Just 17 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the Texas primary for governor, which was a much-publicized battle between ...
  • Kanjorski staff might have improperly used intern list

    Politico's Glenn Thrush has obtained emails showing a staffer of Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Luzerne, potentially tapping into Capitol Hill interns as a source of campaign volunteers -- which, if true, would constitute a violation of House ethics rules. In Au...
  • Mailer mixup in Sq Hill

    Voters in Don Walko's old state House district in the North Side and Lawrenceville have been inundated with mail from the four Democrats vying for the seat tomorrow. Most has been coming from the well-funded Adam Ravenstahl campaign, but Dan Keller, Mark ...
  • Clinton call for Critz

    Former President Bill Clinton appeared at a rally Sunday with Mark Critz -- the Democrat running for John Murtha's seat -- and now voters in the 12th district are getting a dose of Slick Willie at home in the form of a robocall paid for by the DCCC. (Ph...
  • County: 30% Dem turnout

    Here's the final pre-primary elections division roundup from Allegheny County: All County offices and courts will be closed on Tues., May 18, except the Elections Office. Elections Manager Mark Wolosik is predicting that 30 percent of registered Democ...
  • Repeat of '94, or '06?

    Whether Democrats hold on to Jack Murtha's seat tomorrow or not, the party knows it's facing major losses this year. The question is how bad the losses will be. From CQ Politics: Arguments abound whether 2010 is going to be another 1994, when an electora...
  • Late guns attack from Specter

    Greg Sargent at the WashPost's Plum Line blog writes about a late attack line from the Specter camp on gun rights: So it's come to this: In a bid for conservative and rural Pennsylvania Dems, Arlen Specter is now using targeted ads to attack Joe Sestak...
  • Rendell preps new role

    By tomorrow night, the names of the men lining up to move into the governor's mansion will be down to two. When Ed Rendell moves out, he's positioning himself to become the the major Democratic voice opposing the Tea Party movement, Politico says: “The...
  • The big questions about May 18

    Gary Rotstein probes the big questions about tomorrow's primary here at the Post-Gazette's Morning File. Among them: Q: There are 12 people running for lieutenant governor. Are you sure that's enough? A: It'll do, for now. But because of the heavy respo...
  • Pa2010: Another $1.6M to Williams

    Years from now, the most important part of the 2010 governor's race might be the way a handful of little known investors single-handedly used Pennsylvania's no-holds-barred campaign finance rules to fund a long-shot candidate, and catapult him into the mi...
  • NYT on PA12 bellwether status

    The NYT weighed in on PA-12 yesterday, and even used "bellwether" in the headline: Democratic leaders hope that improved economic news will help Mr. Critz, as well as their party nationwide. But that may not be enough to convince voters like [Greene ...
  • Altmire gets into position

    Like fellow Dem Kathy Dahlkemper, Jason Altmire is polishing his centrist credentials early on too. His office issued a news release late Friday cheering a bill that cancels congressional pay raises: Washington, D.C.) -- U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (P...
  • Q Poll: status quo

    Our final Quinnipiac poll before tomorrow's primary says it's status quo on the two big Democratic races -- Joe Sestak is up by 1 point over Arlen Specter (42-41%) for the Senate, and Dan Onorato is up big 39 to 11 over his nearest competitor, Anthony Wil...
  • Tunneling for votes

    Sen. Anthony Williams is using some of that cash he’s been raking in to launch another attack at county Executive Dan Onorato.   The ad  _ you can find a clip on PoliticsPa.com _ attacks Mr. Onorato for his support for “the biggest tax ...
  • Sinclair rejects Dem ad in PA12

    The Tim Burns camp sends word this afternoon that Pittsburgh's WPGH-TV has stopped airing an ad from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, saying it spreads false claims about taxes. We'll try to reach the station for comment, but it bears men...
  • Casey hits the trail

    Sen. Bob Casey will be in Western Pennsylvania in the next few days stumping for Mark Critz in the 12th District and Arlen Specter in the Senate race. The two senators will appear for a rally Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Pitcairn (of all places) hosted by Orga...
  • More on PA12's national import

    Bloomberg's Patrick O'Connor on the national importance of the 12th District special: "The May 18 special election to fill the rest of his term may set a pattern for the November midterm elections, when every House seat is on the ballot amid widespread vo...
  • MBB lit

    We noted yesterday that the press conference the Buchanan campaign called for today was mysteriously timed . . . and as it turned out, she probably should have spent more time on her homework for the event. Here's a shot from my iPhone of literature her ...
  • Buchanan fumbles prosecution

    Mary Beth Buchanan -- a former federal prosecutor -- may have made a huge gaffe in the evidence she presented to reporters this morning, claiming Keith Rothfus was a Democrat for 13 years. It's another wild turn in a race that's included a shouting matc...
  • Kos: Sestak up 2

    A new DailyKos poll has Sestak up 45-43 over Specter, with 12 percent undecided....