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  • Immigration makes unusual coalitions

    From Tom Barnes: HARRISBURG -- Legislation aimed at stopping Pennsylvania construction firms from hiring illegal, undocumented immigrants has brought together unusual political coalitions on both sides of the issue. A group of House members, both Democr...
  • Ras: Ohio Senate tied

    The Ohio Senate race remains tied up, according to Rasmussen: Former Republican Congressman Rob Portman and his Democratic rival, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, remain in a dead heat in Ohio’s race for the U.S. Senate. The latest Rasmussen Reports st...
  • GOPAC in Pgh next week

    GOPAC -- the group founded by Pete Dupont that focuses electing Republicans to state and local offices -- is holding its annual summit Downtown next week. From a news release: Pittsburgh, PA (June 17, 2010) – GOPAC will hold its annual State and Local ...
  • NRCC bolsters Gerlach

    The National Republican Congressional Committee is putting extra might behind Jim Gerlach's 6th District reelection campaign in suburban Philly, against doctor/Iraq War vet Manan Trivedi, CQ Politics reports: Even in a cycle that is favorable to Republic...
  • Sestak turns up energy pressure

    Look for energy -- and conservation -- to be an issue during the Senate race this fall. We posted several days ago about Pat Toomey's contributions from Halliburton, and today Joe Sestak called for further investigation of gas shooting 75 feet into the a...
  • Another look at Onorato's win

    We already know that Dan Onorato's 62-county win on May 18 was giant. Above is more evidence from Chris Briem at Null Space, with a look at Onorato's win in Allegheny County alone -- all the blue is him, with Jack Wagner brown and Anthony Williams green. ...
  • Oliverio, Sestak in NYT

    Here's a story from the NYT's Carl Hulse on how losses by longtime incumbents might actually help their parties hold onto seats this year. He starts with looks at two races we've written about often: Take the case of Representative Alan B. Mollohan, th...
  • Specter loyalists supporting Toomey

    Via PoliticsPa, here's Roll Call on former Arlen Specter allies lining up behind Pat Toomey: David Urban, Specter’s chief of staff from 1997 to 2002, when Specter was still a Republican, is leading a coordinated effort to help get former GOP Rep. Pat T...
  • War Memorial lives on

    In case you missed it, see Dennis Roddy's story from Johnstown's "Showcase For Commerce," the annual defense industry show at the War Memorial hockey arena: Bill Polacek, one of the pivotal figures in defense contracting here, said that with Mr. Murtha...
  • Ethics board to discuss Adam Ravenstahl seat

    The city's ethics board will indeed discuss Luke Ravenstahl nominating his brother Adam for a seat at Alcosan, Joe Smydo reports: Pittsburgh's Ethics Hearing Board will hold a discussion next Friday of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's nomination of his brother t...
  • Onorato kicks off voter drive

    We posted this earlier this week, but here's a lazy Friday reminder that Dan Onorato is kicking off the statewide Democratic/Organizing For America get-out-the-vote drive tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Blue Slide Park in Frick Park. Across the state, Joe Sest...
  • The fightin' 19th

    Chris Potter at City Paper has an update on efforts by Beechview's Anthony Coghill (far left), a former city council candidate, to remove Pete Wagner as chairman of the city's old-timey 19th Ward Democratic committee. We can't get into the whole thing he...
  • Ras: Toomey up 7 over Sestak

    Pat Toomey is back on top in the latest Rasmussen poll: Congressman Joe Sestak’s post-primary bounce appears to over, and he now trails Republican rival Pat Toomey by seven points in the U.S. Senate contest in Pennsylvania. A new Rasmussen Reports tel...
  • Newspapers the next GM?

    This report from the Federal Trade Commission has been making the rounds on the Interwebs this week and causing some consternation in the journalism world, as the Obama administration appears to be trying to figure out a way to "save" print journalism. Th...
  • Domestic partner benefits urged

    Some time ago, Dan Onorato asked Allegheny County's new-ish Human Relations Commission to give him a recommendation on issuing domestic partner benefits to county employees. It did so today, unanimously urging the county to do so. From the commission: Th...
  • House GOP at Field Club

    From the Inquirer's Amy Worden, state Republican leaders were at one of the city's swankiest golf clubs, the Field Club in Fox Chapel, yesterday, presumably before the storms hit: With the budget deadline right around the corner, the Capitol should be al...
  • Rendell: wasn't just Bubba

    More freelancing from Ed Rendell on the Sestak job offer -- it wasn't just Bill Clinton getting involved, it was the guv and Rahm Emanuel. From The Hill: Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) said he and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel discussed how ...
  • Apres Pittsburgh

    The headline on Drudge today is LIVE AND LET DIE: ANOTHER PARTY NIGHT AT WHITE HOUSE... Here's a clip from the Paul McCartney tribute at the White House last night, with Obama wearing the same suit and purple tie he wore at CMU yesterday  ("Part of wha...
  • Another job offer from Obama

    Here's the AP on Obama's latest Sestak problem: WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House faced fresh questions over back-room dealmaking after acknowledging that one of President Barack Obama's top advisers encouraged a Colorado Democrat to apply for an intern...
  • Thursday headlines

    From (Pittsburgher) Kathy Kiely in USA Today: PITTSBURGH — President Obama called Tuesday for sticking with his domestic agenda "even if it's not always popular" and portrayed congressional Republicans as obstructionists who favor "more tax breaks for ...