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  • Ad wars continue in PA-12

    UPDATE with link to radio spot. The seemingly endless outside spending on ads in the Tim Burns-Mark Critz special election race (as we've documented before) continues today with a couple of buys for Critz. The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Act...
  • Specter up by 2

    In the Muhlenberg/Morning Call tracking poll, Specter is back up by 2 points (45-43%), says the MC's John Micek, with 12 percent undecided....
  • Cook: PA-12 tossup

    From PoliticsPa -- Cook Political Report moves its rating on the 12th District special back to "tossup": On the heels of a plethora of polls showing a dead heat between Democrat Mark Critz and Republican Tim Burns, the non-partisan Cook Political Report ...
  • Mysterious words from Buchanan

    Mary Beth Buchanan's campaign put out a mysterious news release late this afternoon saying she will make a "significant campaign announcement" tomorrow morning off Grant Street. Our first thought was that the former U.S. Attorney might be dropping out of...
  • Kelly loans self more $$$

    Butler car dealer Mike Kelly has now put more of his own money into the District 3 GOP race than fellow big-spender Paul Huber, a retired Meadville factory owner. On Monday Kelly loaned his campaign another $50,000, according to FEC records, on top of th...
  • "Environmental toxicity" in Sen race

    The Specter pre-mortems keep coming in. Today Chris Cillizza at the WashPost does his -- he says Specter's problems included awkward handling of the party switch, spending money too late, questions about his age, but luck with Elena Kagan, and the "enviro...
  • Mollohan loss good for Dems?

    Here's a nice post from Hotline On Call's Reid Wilson noting that Alan Mollohan's loss on Tuesday to conservative Democrat Mike Oliverio -- after 14 terms as a West Virginia congressman -- really isn't that bad of a thing for the Dem party. Wilson notes t...
  • Casey sees improvement in Karzai

    And now for something completely different. As Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai makes the rounds in D.C. this week he stopped by the Capitol today to have lunch with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the Foreign Relations Committee chair, and a handful of other...
  • Squabble over NRA in PA-4

    The Mary Beth Buchanan camp has apologized to the NRA for twice using their logo in a recent mailer -- a mailer that GOP opponent Keith Rothfus is calling "desperate and deceitful." Buchanan -- who is running against Rothfus for the GOP nomination to...
  • Shock affects

    Fresh from his recent double bill with Tommy Chong, Dr. Cyril H. Wecht shared a microphone with Allegheny County Democratic Chairman Jim Burn yesterday, expressing shock _ shock _ that Senate challenger Joe Sestak would air commercials attempting to make ...
  • Subtle

    The Philadelphia City Paper isn't messing around in its endorsement issue this week. Where could they have gotten this cover idea?...
  • More schools $$$ for Williams

    An individual donor can give a maximum of $4,800 to Arlen Specter's bid to win a sixth term to the U.S. Senate. But Pa has no caps on giving to state races, which has allowed wealthy school choice advocates to pump millions into Anthony Williams' late-sta...
  • Suffolk: Sestak up 9

    A new poll out of Suffolk University in Boston now shows Joe Sestak with a nine point lead over Arlen Specter. The May 10-12 poll of 400 likely voters showed Sestak up 49-40% over Specter with 12 percent undecided. MoE of 4.9%. From their news release: ...
  • Specter camp: Ad out of context

    The mysterious clip in Joe Setsak's blockbuster attack ad of Arlen Specter saying "my change in party will enable me to be re-elected" -- the source of which Sestak's campaign had refused to reveal -- was tracked down by a Philadelphia TV station, and the...
  • Collins on Specter: "The ego that ate Philadelphia"

    The New York Times' Gail Collins, in her inimitable style, takes on Arlen Specter's race in her column today, using the epithet "the ego that ate Philadelphia." She points out that Joe Sestak isn't exactly warm and cuddly, either, but Specter's notorious ...
  • Specter: double-incumbent

    I have a story today on the tidal wave of anti-incumbency sentiment that washed over West Virginia's 1st congressional district on Tuesday, and could affect Pa next week. Margaret Carlson at Bloomberg does the same, in a look at Sestak-Specter: But Spect...
  • New Sestak "scorecard" ad

    Rep. Joe Sestak's newest ad touts poll numbers showing his race with Sen. Arlen Specter is close and compares scorecards from various groups showing Sestak with a better score on issues that matter to blacks, women, environmentalists and others. It's the ...
  • Williams spot fumbles with Holmes

    Anthony Williams' hopes of winning the gubernatorial primary depend almost entirely on a huge turnout in Philly. Which is good, because his latest ad won't win him many fans in Pittsburgh, Chris Potter at City Paper writes: Maybe others have seen this al...
  • Kelly hits back in PA-3

    Mike Kelly -- one of the six GOP candidates in the 3rd District race -- apparently used some of the money he loaned his campaign last week to hit back at fellow candidate Paul Huber. Huber was a Democrat until last year, but maintains he was always a cons...
  • Q poll: Sestak gains on Toomey

    Sestak is gaining on Toomey as well as Specter, the latest Quinnipiac poll says: U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who has narrowed the gap against Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, also is surging against likely Republican candidate ...