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  • Specter & Kagan part 2

    Remember what a big deal it was around these parts when Obama nominated Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court last month, since Arlen Specter had voted against her when he was a Republican? That's no longer a pressing political issue, but it will still be int...
  • Ohio guv a national model?

    Here's more on Ted Strickland from TPM today, wondering whether the Ohio incumbent might be a national model for Dems this year (perhaps Joe Sestak; see the Wall Street attack line below), in his reelection fight against (McKees Rocks') John Kasich: Stri...
  • Altmire's odd note on Sestak

    Since it's bascially summertime and things are slowing down a bit, stories like Politico's look at Sestak and his relations with Dem colleagues are going to have extra shelf-time. Our pals at GrassrootsPa (left) have two links to the story today (and we'v...
  • Dems' silent treatment

    Steelers fan Ed Morrissey at Hot Air weighs in here on the reportedly awkward relationship between Joe Sestak and Pa's establishment Dems: The Democrats have done everything possible to screw up their race in Pennsylvania.  Had they not enticed Specter ...
  • Dem reps rebuke Ravenstahl

    In case you missed it, check out this remarkable rebuke of Mayor Ravenstahl from all the city's state reps -- with the exception of his brother Adam -- over city library funding, in this story by Joe Smydo: Eight state House members from the city of Pitt...
  • Obama addresses Gulf, politics

    If you haven't seen it yet, check out Jim O'Toole's story on the political perils of the Gulf oil spill. As the graphic above shows, the pressure is on more nationally than in the region, which votes Republican anyway. Here's a preview of Obama's Oval ...
  • NRA supports Dem in Ohio

    Here's something you don't see every day. From the Plain Dealer: COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gov. Ted Strickland's re-election campaign received a major boost on Monday when the powerful National Rifle Association endorsed him over Republican challenger John Ka...
  • Oliverio changes tune

    TPM has more today on the DCCC supporting conservative Democrat Mike Oliverio in WV-1: Oliverio was endorsed in the primary by one local tea party group. The group's leader told the AP that Oliverio "said a lot of things that probably would be very welco...
  • Things get weird b/w Sestak, Dems

    Perhaps this shouldn't be surprising -- given the way the Democratic establishment closed ranks behind his opponent -- but things remain awkward between Joe Sestak and party leaders, reports Shira Toeplitz at Politico: It’s been nearly a month since th...
  • DCCC aids Oliverio

    Morgantown Democrat Mike Oliverio is among those the the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is assisting in Republican-friendly stomping grounds. From the NYT: Mike Oliverio, who defeated Representative Alan B. Mollohan in a West Virginia primar...
  • New WH job offer poll

    The National Journal's Hotline On Call has results another White House job offer poll, this time from Fox News, this time saying voters don't like the practice: A majority of Americans believe it is common practice for the WH to use its political clout ...
  • Fault lines in energy debate

    If you haven't seen the link atop the Early Returns homepage, Jim O'Toole and I have a story today on the clear differences between Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak on energy and conservation, which echo from the Gulf to Pennsylvania's stake in Marcellus Shale: ...
  • FYI: CP on DCNR, ACLU

    City Paper editor Chris Potter has a nice post at Slag Heap on trouble brewing between the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the ACLU, after police threatened Green Party petition circulators with arrest at (the state-owned) Poi...
  • Larry Dunn, game-changer

    Chris Briem has a nice look back at why Allegheny County government really went through its changes a decade ago, leading to the strong-executive system that employed Jim Roddey and Dan Onorato: People have forgotten the fundamental switch in county gove...
  • Today in the Senate race . . .

    In the Senate race, Joe Sestak turns to foreign policy today while Pat Toomey sticks to the economy. First, from Team Sestak: U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Joe Sestak will recognize Flag Day this morning at 11 AM with a speech outside Philadelphia'...
  • GOP senators push job offer again

    Well, at least it's not Darrell Issa again. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have written what must be the 1,567,824th letter on the subject of Rep. Joe Sestak's maybe sorta job offer from the White House, via Bill Clinton. Led by Sen. Jeff S...
  • Burn has fight for state Dem chair

    Alex Roarty over at PoliticsPA has a fine piece this morning on how Allegheny County's own Jim Burn might not be a shoo-in for state party chair, as his buddy Dan Onorato has declined to endorse him.   Typically, the party's Democratic nominee for gove...
  • Murkowski amendment falls short

    For those looking for an update from my story this morning on Sen. Lisa Murkowski's attempt to block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, it failed this afternoon, as the Alaska Republican was able to peel off only six Democrats to vote for the mea...
  • BFF: Obama and Specter

    There seem to be no hard feelings over President Barack Obama's apparent snub of Sen. Arlen Specter during the final days of his tailspinning campaign. Specter and Obama met for 20 minutes this afternoon, one-on-one in the Oval Office. Specter said the...
  • Pollster cage match!

    For those with the most severe politics addictions, make sure you read Nate Silver calling out Taegan Goddard at CQ Politics, and then explaining his role in DailyKos firing its pollster, Research 2000. The latter performed poorly in a scorecard of nation...