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  • Onorato calls for 14 debates

    Dan Onorato's "challenge" to Tom Corbett today in a statewide conference call is a call for 14 debates in advance of the gubernatorial election -- at least two in every media market between August and November. Exact numbers aside, it doesn't seem like i...
  • Abortion foes target Dahlkemper

    An anti-abortion group is targeting Erie Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper over her 11th hour support of the health care reform bill, saying it ensures federally-funded abortion. Dahlkemper was among a group of conservative Dems (including Bart Stupak and Alan Mo...
  • San Frantastic!

    From the turnabout is fair play department, the Toomey camp sends over a video today, tied to a Joe Sestak visit to San Francisco, noting Sestak votes 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi, on issues including cap-and-trade, the stimulus and health care refo...
  • Circus returns to H'burg

    The whole column is a must-read, but here's the top of John Baer's column on the state budget talks in today's Daily News: HEAR THE CALLIOPE music? With 10 days to the annually missed state-budget deadline, the circus is back in town. Those lovable, lau...
  • Review board reacts

    Chris Potter looks at the mayor's attempt to remake the Citizen Police Review Board, and says City Council is largely to blame: And let's face it. Council set itself up for this. After all, Pittinger did send a letter reminding them that their four picks...
  • Pension woes nationwide

    Pa isn't the only state struggling with pension costs. State governments nationwide are trying to cut them, though the depth of the cuts is questionable, the NYT reports today: Illinois raised its retirement age to 67, the highest of any state, and cappe...
  • GOP eyes rust belt

    Here's Chris Cillizza in the WashPost on the GOP's efforts to retake governor's mansions in Pa, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin: Each state is hosting a competitive gubernatorial race this fall. Republicans argue that a clean sweep (or close to it...
  • Review board ramifications

    A very surprising move today by Luke Ravenstahl in replacing the city's police review board. Beyond the connections to his current squabble with the board, it also reminds one of the time he asked for the resignations of department heads citywide in June ...
  • Ravenstahl wipes out review board

    Luke Ravenstahl -- whose administration is at odds with the police review board over G-20 documents -- moved today to replace the entire board. From Joe Smydo: Mayoral spokeswoman Joanna Doven confirmed that the mayor is naming new members to the board,...
  • GOP seeks Rendell/Sestak records

    State GOP chairman Rob Gleason filed a Right To Know request today with Gov. Ed Rendell's office, seeking cell phone and email records on his correspondence with the White House over its job offer to Joe Sestak He said in a statement: "Governor Ed Rendel...
  • Corbett cites Rendell

    Is Ed Rendell campaigning for Tom Corbett? Corbett made a joke to that effect during a breakfast speech at the GOPAC meeting this morning. In Pittsburgh last week, Rendell used one of his usual arguments for why it's the right time to raise taxes, includ...
  • Obama back in Ohio

    Here's the Columbus Dispatch on Obama's latest visit to Ohio today....
  • More Senate fighting on energy

    With Pat Toomey visiting Erie yesterday, the Sestak camp sent out this reminder that the former congressman supported drilling in the Great Lakes: ...
  • GOP focuses on state control

    Here's a story Jim O'Toole and I did for today on strategizing by Dems and Republicans, tied to the GOPAC summit Downtown. A note buried at the end from GOPAC chair Frank Donatelli underscores the importance of this year's races, especially with redistric...
  • Secret ballot for Dems?

    Chuck Pascal, one of the candidates for chairman of the state Democratic Party, is calling for a secret ballot of state committee members Saturday in the contest to succeed T.J. Rooney. Mr. Pascal’s call, in a letter to state committee members, came af...
  • GOPAC addresses the big issue

    We'll have a story for tomorrow on today's kickoff of the GOPAC summit meeting -- a national conference focusing on electing local and state Republicans -- at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown, but first up a story about J.C. Watts. Julius Caesar Watts Jr. ...
  • Onorato outraises Corbett, still behind

    Dan Onorato raised a bit more money than Tom Corbett over the last month, though his Republican opponent still has three times as much money. Onorato raised $1.6 million during the May 4-June 7 reporting period, to Corbett's $1.4 million. But he faced ...
  • Corbett with more than $3M

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett had more than $3.3 million in cash by early this month, even after a burst of spending around the May 18 primary. A coversheet from the state Attorney General's latest campaign finance report -- released b...
  • The man behind Ras Reports

    Regular readers of this site know we (like most other political sites) run a lot of polls from Rasmussen Reports. The WashPost has a must-read profile of Scott Rasmussen today, which has this graf near the top: As cash-strapped newspapers and televisio...
  • Is that JC Watts?

    Reminder: the three-day GOPAC conference for local and state Republicans nationwide starts today at the Renaissance Hotel. The kickoff speaker is former Congressman J.C. Watts of Oklahoma (and a former quarterback for the Sooners). The gaggle of folks ou...