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  • Justice Orie Melvin investigated

    From the AP: PITTSBURGH (AP) — The lawyer for the sister of state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin says the justice will be the focus of an Allegheny County grand jury expected to convene “shortly.” James DePasquale represents Janine Orie,...
  • Rendell the Liberal

    Gov. Ed Rendell was in Washington yet again today to lobby for an extension of Medicaid assistance to the states -- which we've written about before and would blow an $850 million hole in the budget if it doesn't go through. Rendell was joined by five g...
  • Doyle hoists trophy

    Yup, that's Mike Doyle above -- or stranger still, a Pirates uniform near a trophy -- after the annual Congressional baseball game last night, which Democrats won over the Republican side, 13-5. Doyle is the Dem manager. Photos: Politico...
  • Mazel tov!

    Congratulations to Ravenstahl chief-of-staff Yarone Zober, who married Tiffany Hackett in a small ceremony Monday, presided over by the mayor. The couple, who live in Highland Park, will honeymoon in Jamaica next month....
  • Friday off for WVa workers/WVU

    In order to attend the Friday services for Sen. Byrd, W.Va. Gov. Joe Manchin has given Friday off to all state employees, the Charleston Gazette reports, which includes WVU. Here's a statement from the university: MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Gov. Joe Manchin ha...
  • Parking presser at 11 am today

    A big news conference by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today -- he's releasing the terms of the proposed parking arage/meter sale, possibly covering such things as the schedule for private rate increases. From the mayor's office: Mayor Luke Ravenstahl tomorrow w...
  • Byrd memorials detailed

    Both President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Clarksburg for the Robert Byrd memorial service Friday, the White House announced last night. Politico has the details on the Robert Byrd memorials Thursday and Friday: The Senate ceremony is ...
  • Altmire: Rothfus "an extremist"

    Pa2010 reports that Jason Altmire has issued a fundraising email attacking his Republican opponent Keith Rothfus: Congressman Jason Altmire (D-4) is ready to define his Republican opponent, and the message he’s decided on is a simple one: Keith Rothfus...
  • Polls gone wrong

    More today on the pollster cage match we mentioned a couple weeks back -- now Kos is saying the Research 2000 "numbers weren't legit."...
  • Byrd services Friday

    The memorial service for Robert Byrd will be Friday morning at the state Capitol in Charleston, the AP reports: CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia will hold a public memorial service for the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd on Friday at the state Capitol. ...
  • Byrd's body in repose in Senate

    Robert Byrd's body will lie in state Thursday in the Senate chamber, the AP reports: WASHINGTON (AP) -- The body of West Virginia Democrat Robert C. Byrd will lie Thursday in repose in the Senate chamber, where he served for more than half a century. . ...
  • Santorum on Obama's background

    Making yet another trek through Iowa last week, former U.S. Senator, former Penn Hills resident and potential presidential aspirant Rick Santorum made a remark about President Obama's background that has started coursing through the blogosphere. It sounds...
  • Specter's Kagan statement

    Waiting to read Arlen Specter's statement on Elena Kagan? Wait no further: Solicitor General Kagan, I join my colleagues in welcoming you here this morning. With the passing of Senator Byrd earlier today, I was reminded of our hearings for Judge Bork ...
  • Dems launch surveillance effort

    Brilliant, or scary, or both? The Democratic National Committee is rolling out an effort called "The Accountablity Project" to record Republicans at campaign events at catch them in "unseemly behavior," Politico reports: THE DNC today opens an “iRepor...
  • Forbes: "Good news" about Byrd

    From Dana Milbank at the WashPost (Forbes would backtrack two hours later): Steve Forbes, the publisher and one-time presidential candidate, demonstrated the perils of writing a eulogy in 140 characters or less. "Good news," he Tweeted on Monday, about ...
  • More Byrd

    Charleston Gazette: CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Robert Carlyle Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in United States history, who spent much of his career as a conservative Democrat and ended it by fiercely opposing the war in Iraq and questioning the...
  • Byrd stories

    See the full package of Robert Byrd stories today on the Post-Gazette homepage, including the obit by Jon Schmitz and a look at the senator's possible successors by Jim O'Toole. From the obit: Mr. Byrd, who grew up dirt poor in the West Virginia coal fie...
  • Byrd replacement race = 2012

    As expected, the West Virginia's Secretary of State Natalie Tennant ruled late this afternoon that the special and general elections to fill Robert Byrd's seat should not be until 2012. From her office: “The State Code is an interesting document. With...
  • The Mountain Fiddler

    As we wait for West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant to speak on the Byrd seat at 4:30 today, here's a little something about Robert Byrd's famous fiddle playing. Above is a shot of him in 1976 with fellow U.S. Sen. Jennings Randolph and his ...
  • On Byrd and Kennedy

    Eleanor Clift at Newsweek writes about the deep connections between two Senate icons, Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy: One of the more recent and enduring images of Senator Byrd, which is available on YouTube, shows him openly weeping at the news that Sen....