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  • Law bars Sestak from Navy job

    A nonpartisan Navy blog is adding a new spin to the discussion about Joe Sestak's supposed job offer from the White House -- if the job was Secretary of the Navy as some suspect, that would be barred by law. You have to be off active duty for 5 years befo...
  • Nobody outworks Rothfus: Roddey

    Pa2010 talks to Mary Beth Buchanan supporter Jim Roddey about Keith Rothfus, who beat Buchanan for the GOP nomination in the 4th congressional district: "Nobody is going to outwork Rothfus,"Allegheny County GOP chairman Jim Roddey told pa2010.com this we...
  • Classy move by Specter

    From the NYT's Carl Hulse: Senator Arlen Specter is a politician who detests losing but he made a magnanimous gesture on Tuesday to Representative Joe Sestak, the man who defeated him in last week’s Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania. Mr. Spect...
  • Want to have your blood boiled?

    If you haven't done so yet -- and feel the need to give your blood a good boiling -- please give the full Bonusgate grand jury report on Harrisburg reforms a read. Tracie Mauriello laid out all the big findings already (that 2/3 of legislative staff do un...
  • Critz tapped for Armed Services cmte

    Mark Critz has been appointed to the House Armed Services committee. From Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office: Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that the House Democratic Caucus has approved committee appointments for Congressman Mark...
  • Record-high lame ducks in Senate

    Arlen Specter is one of a -- historically-high -- 14 lame-duck members of the Senate, Politico reports today: If Lincoln and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) lose their primaries, the lame-duck caucus could expand to an unprecedented 16 before summer’s end. ...
  • No special counsel for Sestak

    Politico: The Justice Department has rebuffed Republican pressure to appoint a special counsel to look into claims the White House offered Joe Sestak a job if he dropped out of the Democratic Senate race. The NYT had a wrapup on the ongoing story yesterd...
  • City: no jurisdiction over city seats

    The Ravenstahl administration does not plan to seek an ethics waiver -- as we mused yesterday -- in order to appoint the mayor's brother to the Alcosan board. From Rich Lord: The city code says no direct family member of a public official can be appointe...
  • PA: "Utterly incapable" of reform

    The major story of the day (month? year?) is a report from the Bonusgate grand jury, which "has determined beyond any doubt that the General Assembly, if left to its own devices, is utterly incapable of reforming itself." From Tracie Mauriello: Ac...
  • Critz used Murtha's $$$ ties

    No surprise here, but the Critz fundraising numbers from defense firms do look pretty big when they'll all stacked together. From CQ Politics: According to interviews and an analysis of current Federal Election Commission records, at least one-quarter of...
  • Did mayor get ethics waiver?

    We'll be interested to see if the Ravenstahl administration needs to get a waiver from the city's ethics panel on the appointment of the mayor's brother to the Alcosan board. It seems the appointment pretty clearly violates the second paragraph of the se...
  • Dem Lt. Gov update

    From PoliticsPa: Six days after all the votes have been cast in the primary, the race between Democratic lieutenant governor candidates Jonathan Saidel and state Rep. Scott Conklin appears headed for a recount, with fewer than 4,000 votes separating the ...
  • Mayor dumps Keller from Alcosan

    Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is putting his 25-year-old brother Adam on the Alcosan board, and jettisoning Dan Keller -- who ran against his brother for the state House. From Rich Lord: "Rep. Ravenstahl represents the people who are affected by Alcosan's locati...
  • Dahlkemper lost 1/4 of vote

    Mercer County's Roberta Biros notes a weakness on Kathy Dahlkemper's part -- she lost 27% of the Democratic vote Tuesday to the rather bizarre campaign run by the unknown Mel Marin. (Our congressional returns map of the 3rd District is here.) I interview...
  • NBC: Dems better organized in 12

    Another PA12 postmortem, this time from the NBC political team in the NYT. Come November, Republicans’ ability to win in these types of districts and against these types of candidates could very well be the difference between picking up 25 seats (a goo...
  • Why Senate polls faltered

    Most polls (look at our poll page here) missed Joe Sestak's win over Arlen Specter last week by 5 to 7 percentage points. At the National Journal, pollster Mark Blumenthal ponders the late-deciding voters and the undecideds (if they did vote at all, it...
  • Dahlkemper wary of Obama: CQ

    Taking a cue from Mark Critz, freshman Democrats worried about reelection this year are not looking to Barack Obama for help, CQ Politics writes today. Erie's Kathy Dahlkemper is their number one example: The House Democratic freshmen who rose to power r...
  • "Kill him on it!"

    WSJ editorial board member Matthew Kaminski sits down with Ed Rendell, who admits he'd like another shot at running the DNC after he leaves office next year. (His last time around? Not so great.) Rendell says he has talked strategy lately with Joe Sestak...
  • PA12: a unique corner of America

    If you read this site last Tuesday, you know Dennis Roddy doesn't buy into the PA-12 special as being a national political bellwether. Here's his lede on his wrapup of the race yesterday: Once again, a remote district in Appalachia's steel-and-coal belt ...
  • Steele/Toomey in Blue Bell

    RNC chief Michael Steele will be in the Philadelphia suburbs tomorrow morning, along with state chair Rob Gleason and Senate candidate Pat Toomey, to stump for the state's GOP candidates. (We'll try to find out why Tom Corbett isn't listed. UPDATE: He's a...