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  • Ridge signs on with Shale

    The Inky told us this was in the works, but today it's official: former Gov. Tom Ridge has signed on to lobby for the Marcellus Shale Coalition. From the coalition news release: “I am pleased to work with the members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition t...
  • One for the thumb: Santorum to Iowa

    Former Sen. Rick Santorum is making his fifth trip to Iowa Aug. 16-18 as he gears up for a presidential run, packing in at least eight events as he gets deep into the state GOP infrastructure. Want to join him? Well here's a handy itinerary for you, via a...
  • Burns hits Critz on donor

    Ah, PA-12, it's been a while... Longtime John Murtha ally and wealthy Johnstown Republican Mark Pasquerilla has been a prominent backer of Murtha's former staffer Mark Critz, who won the 12th District seat in a May special election and will run for the f...
  • Toomey holds steady

    According to a Rasmussen poll out this morning shows Republican Pat Toomey (AP photo above) with a 45-39 percent lead over Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak in the Senate race, virtually the same as Toomey's 45-38 lead two weeks ago in the same poll. But that ...
  • Logan seat competition

      Within hours of Sean Logan surprise announcement that he was leaving his state senate seat to take a position at UPMC, a handful of Mon Valley politicians were already weighing plans to enter the race for the Democratic nomination to replace him. The...
  • Campaign-lit-gate?

    The above photo making the rounds today via our friends at PA2010 appears to show Tom Corbett campaign materials on official Attorney General space at the Troy County fair Bradford County fair, in Troy. If anyone should know that it might not be kosher ...
  • Logan to UPMC

    Steve Twedt has the story: state Sen. Sean Logan, D-Monroeville, is ditching the legislature for what is likely to be a nicer payday at UPMC. According to a release, Mr. Logan "will lead the integration of UPMC's community relations programs and be a ...
  • Morning headlines

    Have a gander at two important stories in today's Post-Gazette. The first, from the sage Jim O'Toole, takes a look at Dan Onorato and Tom Corbett's different plans on Pennsylvania's adultBasic health insurance plan for low-income families. At a news conf...
  • Fracking language in spill bill

    With the full text of the oil spill/we-can't-do-cap-and-trade-so-we'll-go-small bill now released, Sen. Bob Casey scored a win by getting language into the legislation dealing with hydraulic fracturing of natural gas. The issue is huge in Pennsylvania bec...
  • Altmire not ditching old Rangel $$

    As Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., prepares for a possible ethics trial Thursday, Republicans are attempting to shame Dems into giving away money Rangel and his political action committee donated to their campaigns -- and not just from this cycle. Many have ...
  • Santorum consults staff on prez run

    Former Sen. Rick Santorum has been building his national name and jaunting around to early presidential primary states for months, and now CNN reports (h/t PoliticsPA) that he also huddled with some of his former staff members recently to talk about a run...
  • Hoyer to stump for Critz

    Roll Call reports today that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (NYT photo) is hitting the road during the August recess to support a slew of House candidates -- including newbie Mark Critz, D-Johnstown. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer plans a busy A...
  • Clinton backs Dan

    The Inky reports that Bill Clinton will drop into Philadelphia on August 10 to raise money for Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee for governor.  For a mere $10,000 you can attend a VIP reception with the 42nd president and the 2nd Allegheny County execu...
  • AP: Bresma orphans still in limbo

    The dramatic story of the BRESMA orphanage in Haiti (photo from Port-au-Prince: PG's Michael Henninger), featuring the sisters from Ben Avon and the politically charged airlift to Pittsburgh, enthralled us all six months ago. Today, the Associated Press...
  • Casey 'yes' on DISCLOSE

    Sen. Bob Casey has been getting a flood of calls to his office telling him to vote against the DISCLOSE Act, Congress' rebuttal to the Supreme Court Citizens United decision that seeks to force large organizations that are performing political work to r...
  • Blankenship helps out Maynard

    No surprise here, given their history, but Huntingtonnews.net points out today that Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and his allies have chipped in $21,000 to the campaign of former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Spike Maynard to unseat Rep....
  • Dahlkemper donates Rangel cash

    Catching up on this tidbit from Monday: According to the Erie Times-News, Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Erie, is donating the $14,000 in campaign donations she's received from the embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., who faces an ethics trial this week, to...
  • Navy, good; Wall St., bad

      The Post-Gazette’s Tom Barnes was there as Rep. Joe Sestak sought to frame Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race as a confrontation of biographies and related values. In a speech at the Harrisburg Press Club, the Democratic Senate nominee repeatedly cr...
  • The Heritage repeal appeal

    Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is pushing a petition to repeal the health care law that so far has been signed by 153 House Republicans. Now it has its sights set on the 35 Democrats and 25 Republicans who voted...
  • Toomey: thumbs down on Kagan

    Former Congressman Pat Toomey broke form some conservatives in backing President Obama's nomination of Justice Sonya Sotomayor, but in an oped piece in Monday's Post-Gazette, he offers a thumbs-down on Elena Kagan. "Ms. Kagan's record lacks the clear evi...