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  • Manchin will need $$$

    Gov. Joe Manchin has a lot going for him if/when he runs for Byrd's Senate seat -- but the one thing he doesn't have is money (unlike possible GOP candidate Shelly Moore Capito), says Chris Cillizza at the WashPost: While Republicans have a candidate in ...
  • Silver: WVa special not til 2012

    More on who takes Byrd's place here from poll expert Nate Silver: UPDATE: 11:50 AM. I'm now hearing from a well-placed source that the Secretary of State's office is very likely to interpret the law as requiring a special election in 2012, rather than in...
  • Obama on Byrd

    President Obama's statement on Robert Byrd: I was saddened to hear this morning that the people of West Virginia have lost a true champion, the United States Senate has lost a venerable institution, and America has lost a voice of principle and reason...
  • MBB's trips = $450K

    In case you missed it, Paula Ward had a story yesterday on Mary Beth Buchanan's constant travel on the taxpayer dime while US Attorney. It included six government-funded trips to the Pennsylvania Society gathering for politicians and business leaders each...
  • Questions about Byrd's successor

    WV Gov. Joe Manchin faces a confusing set of rules when appointing a replacement for Sen. Byrd, writes Jonathan Allen in Politico: Under West Virginia election law, Manchin surely would have been able to appoint someone to fill the entire remainder of By...
  • Dr. Snow

    At the Daily News, John Baer on the womanizing rumors about Ed Rendell, the latest coming from a Philadelphia Magazine piece about state worker Kirstin Snow: No male in high-profile public office, especially one with a history of seen-in-public "friendsh...
  • Robert Byrd, 1917-2010

    AP: A "fiery orator and hard-charging power broker." NYT's Adam Clymer: Fought "for the primacy of the legislative branch of government and to build a modern West Virginia with vast amounts of federal money." WashPost: He "used his masterful knowledge o...
  • Pgh City Council: the original nil-nil

    A UK Guardian reporter live-blogging the longest tennis match in history the other day started to near-hallucinate as the match wound its way into the London evening. From Deadspin: 6.25pm: I'm wondering if maybe an angel will come and set them free. I...
  • The Great Door Knocking of 2010

    The Toomey camp signals today that it won't be outworked by tireless campaigner Joe Sestak -- at least this weekend, in visits to a quarter of Pa's 67 counties: Allentown – Tomorrow, Team Toomey will launch a massive grassroots effort across 18 Pennsy...
  • Williams' final report in

    State Sen. Anthony Williams of Philadelphia got $3.5 million in support in the last weeks of the gubernatorial primary from the PAC funded by three school choice supporters, his just-posted campaign finance report confirms. The Student First PAC gave the...
  • Specter writing new memoir

    From Dan Malloy WASHINGTON -- Sen. Arlen Specter is working on a third book, which will focus primarily on the turbulent past two years. In an interview today, Mr. Specter said he is working evenings in his Washington condo with Charles Robbins, his co-...
  • Only in Pennsylvania

    The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has started placing kiosks in grocery stores that allow you to buy a bottle of wine -- after simply scanning your ID, verifying your face via live-camera to a PLCB officer, and finally blowing into a Breathalyzer. Wo...
  • Behind the City Council curtain

    Over at City Paper, our pal Chris Potter looks at what's behind City Council putting the kibosh on the Citizen Police Review Board -- not only has the city Law Department scared council into thinking the board's lawsuit over G-20 documents could cost the ...
  • Williams eyes watchdog seat

    Anthony Williams has proven his ability to raise historic amounts of money -- though mostly from just three dudes -- so why not be watchdog over all state spending? Williams -- who placed third in the Dem gubernatorial primary behind Dan Onorato and curr...
  • Boehner in the House

    Rep. John Boehner and his famous tan  _ "a color unknown to nature,'' according to President Obama _ will be the featured attraction at a fundraising event Friday for Keith Rothfus, the GOP nominee challenging Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless in the in t...
  • Poll: Casey sitting pretty

    Things look good, 2 1/2 years out, for Bob Casey's reelection, says Public Policy Polling: If Republicans want to beat Bob Casey for reelection in 2012 they're going to have to look somewhere other than Rick Santorum for a candidate. Casey leads Santorum...
  • Sen. Casey, meet Alias

    "It's so ridiculous," Jennifer Garner said, laughing at the name of the bill she was on Capitol Hill to lobby for, then she repeated the name again. "The Early Learning Challenge Grants. We are better at naming things in Los Angeles than you guys are." ...
  • Kanjorski: minorities, "defective people"

    Not from our part of the state, but this will be part of the national conversation on Pennsylvania. From PoliticsPa: U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, during a Congressional hearing on Wall Street reform Wednesday, implied that government aid is not meant for m...
  • Brabender working to unseat Reid

    In a story called "Extreme Makeover? Angle Hires Mainstream GOP Team For Her Outsider Campaign," TPM notes the Republican challenger to Harry Reid has hired on Pittsburgh's John Brabender: The team of consultants has a tough job ahead of it. Angle is fac...
  • Farewell, My Lovely

    As we wait for Philadelphia Magazine to release its story on Ed Rendell and the "elegant blonde" beauty queen he's lately been seen out with -- which Rendell isn't commenting on to the Daily News, saying the matter is "between me and my family" -- we're r...