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  • Specter will have office in library

    Our friendly cross-state news partners at the Inquirer report new details today on the Arlen Specter Library at Philadelphia University -- recipient of some controversial state greenbacks. It apparently will include an office for Specter himself, who live...
  • Poll backs up recent GOP strategy

    In Ohio, Senate hopeful Rob Portman started running commercials denouncing cap-and-trade on Tuesday, then Pat Toomey followed suit on that issue (among others) yesterday, while also hitting Joe Sestak on energy at a Neville Island press conference. Here'...
  • WV Guv succession a mess

    Over at MetroNews, Hoppy Kercheval has a good rundown of how the convoluted governor succession could play out in West Virginia should Joe Manchin win a special election for Sen. Robert C. Byrd's seat. If Manchin leaves the governor's mansion, state Senat...
  • Dem control of Pa House a tossup

    The slim, 5-vote control of the state House by Democrats is one of many in the balance nationwide, and things are looking rather grim for Barack Obama's party, says Louis Jacobson in Governing mag: This fall's legislative elections -- the last before the...
  • On the historic guv year

    FiveThirtyEight questions the U-Minn. post we linked to yesterday about the historic year shaping up for GOP governors: A closer look at this eye-catching claim indicates that the "most gubernatorial seats" projection is technically correct, but a bit mi...
  • Toomey goes on TV, and goes negative

    Pat Toomey's campaign is going on TV statewide tonight with six new ads -- we'll put the text of each (provided by the campaign) after the jump. Link to video here. Besides the simple earliness of the ad buy -- which puts him in further contrast to Joe ...
  • Manchin wants fall special, might run

    Here's my Web story from the main site: By Daniel Malloy, Post-Gazette Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said he will seek a special election this year to fill the seat of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, and that he likel...
  • Historic year for GOP guvs, too?

    The gains most pollsters see for Republicans this election year (matched with anti-incumbency/anti-establishment fervor) may not only be in Congress -- the GOP may also see historic takeovers of governor's mansions nationwide (including in Harrisburg, whi...
  • Hart's car ... still there

    As we relayed to you a few months back, former Rep. Melissa Hart's car is in the Capitol parking garage nearly four years after she lost her seat to Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless. Even though she's a former member, Hart is not allowed to keep her (very...
  • Budget bubbles

    Chris Briem boils down Pa budget expenditures into nifty bubble form: ...
  • Manchin presser @ 11

    WVa Gov. Joe Manchin has a press conference at 11 a.m. today to discuss filling Robert Byrd's Senate seat. US Rep. Shelly Moore Capito -- a likely Republican front-runner vs. the Democrat Manchin -- has joined the chorus of those calling for a special ele...
  • Casey in Middle East

    For his Fourth of July recess, it appears Sen. Bob Casey has chosen the only possible destination hotter than 102-degree D.C. -- the Middle East. He made an Independence Day swing through Kuwait to meet with troops, then onto Baghdad. There he met with ...
  • Sestak in Blawnox Wed.

    With Pat Toomey on Neville Island in the morning, Joe Sestak will be in Blawnox at 1 in the afternoon. From the Democrat's campaign: U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak will travel to Pittsburgh this Wednesday, July 7, to discuss the need for fair opportu...
  • Giving 'em the business in the Senate race

    With Joe Sestak doing a small business tour today (and Pat Toomey addressing the economy and cap-and-trade legislation tomorrow on Neville Island; Sestak will be at a women-owned business in Blawnox tomorrow) the Senate campaigns are clashing over one of ...
  • Bad news from Ohio

    Youngtown's Jim Traficant won't be running for Congress. From TPM: In a tragic (for us) turn of events, an Ohio elections board has ruled that former Rep. Jim Traficant cannot run for the U.S. House after failing to get enough signatures to put his name ...
  • Ras: Corbett up 10; Senate race tossup

    A new poll from Rasmussen shows the Pennsylvania governor's race to be the closest it's been so far, but Tom Corbett still leads Dan Onorato 49-39. A month ago, he was up 49-33. A few other nuggets from their survey of likely voters in the Keystone State...
  • Pgh Tea Party update

    One of the issues faced with movements that are, by design, grassroots and decentralized is they don't have spokespeople on-call all hours of the day, especially in the leadup to holiday weekends. We've received a lot of reaction to our post last week on...
  • 'Onorato two-step' on tunnel?

    Our news partners from across the state at the Inquirer paid Pittsburgh a visit for a story this weekend tackling the controversial T extension and whether the budget-busting project will hurt Dan Onorato in his governor campaign. Onorato tries to say tha...
  • One of these things is not like the others

    Both the Toomey and Sestak camps are out with videos today attacking each other on economic issues. The Sestak campaign says Toomey -- who describes himself as a "former small business owner" -- bought into a restaurant chain while working on Wall Street...
  • WV Senate news tomorrow, maybe

    Though the public memorial service was Friday, the funeral for Robert Byrd in Arlington, Va., is at 11 a.m. today. WVa Gov. Joe Manchin has said he will not address filling Byrd's seat until tomorrow, after the senator is buried, but the pressure is alrea...