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  • Specter aide: in "fetal position"

    Here's a fun, must-read story for political junkies from the Inquirer's Tom Fitzgerald. It starts with this: Last November, political adman Chris Mottola showed two sets of mock commercials to focus groups of Democratic primary voters: one for his client...
  • From the weekend . . .

    Jim O'Toole on Pennsylvania losing two legendary appropriators, Jack Murtha and Arlen Specter, and thus "the magic key to the Treasury": "You appropriate forward," [former Santorum aide Keith Schmidt] said. "We're not going to really feel this for two ye...
  • Ras: Corbett up 13

    From a new Rasmussen poll on the governor's race: Republican State Attorney General Tom Corbett is near the critical 50% mark in his race against Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato for governor of Pennsylvania. A new Rasmussen Reports telephon...
  • Corbett withdraws Twitter subpoena

    Tom Corbett's office has withdrawn its Twitter subpoena. Here's the story: By Timothy McNulty and Tom Barnes Attorney General Tom Corbett's office has withdrawn the subpoena it filed with Twitter, seeking to find the identities of two users who have b...
  • Dem write-in bid in Orie district advances

    Here's my story on the P-G homepage about the Democratic write-in effort in Jane Orie's state Senate district: The Democrat attempting a write-in bid to face state Sen. Jane Orie, R-McCandless, in November is claiming he has enough votes to get onto the ...
  • In Pgh, Sestak responds to Toomey

    Joe Sestak worked the lunchtime crowd at Pamela's Diner in the Strip today, making his first campaign stop in Pittsburgh since his primary win over Arlen Specter. The guy is an ultra-energetic campaigner -- he had an event in Philadelphia the morning af...
  • Onorato: Corbett's "petty bullying"

    Dan Onorato signaled Wednesday -- hours before the Tom Corbett Twitter subpoena story broke -- that he was going to fight Corbett for the reform mantle in the governor's race, criticizing Corbett for using his office for political purposes. He did that ag...
  • Corbett makes nat'l headlines

    . . . but not for a reason he'd like. The Twitter subpoena is making national news at the New York Times, Time, USA Today and the Associated Press. UPDATE: Brett Cott, the Bonusgate defendent Corbett's office thought was the anonymous blogger/Tweeter, g...
  • Milbank on Specter

    Washington Post columnist -- and former Post-Gazette intern way back when -- Dana Milbank pens an ode to Arlen Specter today. He is ornery, vain, disloyal and a brazen opportunist. He lacks a discernible ideology, puts his finger to the political winds ...
  • More on PA12 from DCCC

    From Roll Call: The chairman of House Democrats’ campaign arm said Thursday that the election of Mark Critz (D) in Pennsylvania exposed the Republican “hype” of winning a majority of House seats this fall, affirmed Democratic plans to revive the ec...
  • Tough times in Philly

    Pittsburgh's been through this too . . . Philadelphia Mayor Nutter may be announcing budget cuts to police, fire and libraries. From the Daily News: According to a letter Budget Director Stephen Agostini today sent to Nutter's chief of staff, the city ne...
  • Specter back on the Hill

    Sen. Arlen Specter just made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since his loss in the primary Tuesday night, voting for cloture on the Wall Street reform bill -- which passed 60-40 -- but left atypically out of a back exit to the Senate chamber, out of ...
  • Dem Lt Gov headed for recount

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- It looks like a recount may be needed to determine the winner of the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor on Tuesday. As of today, state Rep. Scott Conklin of Centre County led former Philadelphia City Controller Jona...
  • Ras poll: Sestak over Toomey

    Two days after the primary, the momentum remains on Joe Sestak's side in the Senate race, says the latest Rasmussen poll: Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak’s victory over longtime Senator Arlen Specter for his party’s nomination Tuesday has given him...
  • NRCC: Spent too much in 12

    More GOP soul searching on the PA-12 special in this story from Politico: Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a former National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, said he wasn’t discouraged by the Pennsylvania loss. But he spoke for others in the House ...
  • A great idea for Specter

    Speaking of anonymous bloggers, over at Infinonymous there's a great idea for the next stage of Arlen Specter's public service (along with swipes at Adam Ravenstahl, Daryl Metcalfe and Onorato/Corbett): It is difficult to explain nuanced, complex events ...
  • Morning headlines

    A WSJ editorial takes a hard look at the PA-12 special: What happened? One obvious lesson is that Democrats aren't about to go down without a fight. Mr. Critz was able to use his ties to Murtha to rally his union base and prevail in a low-turnout elect...
  • Toomey (already) on the air against Sestak

    In the Democratic Senate primary it took until the final weeks for the candidates to start firing ads against each other. But Republican Pat Toomey, who's sitting on a Scrooge McDuck-sized pile of money, is already on the air against Rep. Joe Sestak for t...
  • More on AG Twitter probe

    Make sure you see Paula Ward's full story today on that subpoena of CasablancaPa's Twitter account we mentioned yesterday. The AG's office denies it's politically motiviated, and in court papers claim the anonymous blogger is former legislative aide Bret...
  • Mark Critz, meet Bill McKay

    Mark Critz's swearing-in is this afternoon -- and don't miss Dennis Roddy on Murtha's successor, in a kind of Bill McKay moment, getting disoriented at being called "congressman." From the Critz camp: Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi will hold...