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  • Toomey on Neville Island Wed.

    From the Toomey camp: Allentown – U.S. Senate candidate and former small business owner Pat Toomey will hold a press conference Wednesday, July 7 at 10:30 AM at Frontier Steel, just outside Pittsburgh, to discuss how Congressman Joe Sestak’s cap-a...
  • We're number 1!

    According to the campaign finance watchdogs at Open Secrets, Pennsylvania is the number one state in the union when it comes to taxpayer-financed federal lobbying (h/t GrassrootsPa): It's proving to be a recipe for state and local governments -- some of ...
  • Byrd service reminder

    Reminder: The memorial service live-feed at WSAZ in Charleston is already up, and CSPAN will launch its coverage at 11:30 a.m....
  • Obama's schedule in Charleston

    Obama is due to arrive in Charleston from Andrews Air Force Base at 10:55, and return exactly three hours later, according to his official itinerary....
  • Memorial photo gallery

    Nice collection of Byrd memorial photos here at the WashPost. Above shot by Tracy A. Woodward....
  • All statements on Byrd

    From TPM, a full collection of statements on Byrd's passing: You can read statements on Byrd's service by President Obama and Vice President Biden. A statement from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can be downloaded here. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (...
  • Plans afoot to fill Byrd seat in fall

    Shira Toeplitz at Politico writes today that WVa Republicans may try to change state law to require a special election this fall to fill Byrd's Senate seat (instead of 2012, as is currently planned by elections officials). Failing that, a court challenge ...
  • Byrd memorial coverage

    The memorial service for Robert Byrd -- featuring President Obama and other dignitaries in Charleston, W.Va. -- starts at 11:30 today. C-SPAN will have video coverage here and so will local station WSAZ-TV. C-SPAN also has video (above) of the receivin...
  • Critz "pained" by Wall St. vote

    As McNulty noted this morning, Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, was one of 19 Democrats -- and the only one from Pennsylvania -- to vote against the Wall Street reform conference report that passed the House last night. I caught up with the freshest of the f...
  • Irony in the Senate chamber

    Robert Byrd beat back an anti-TV filibuster threat by Russell Long to allow for C-Span coverage of the Senate in the 1980s. Today, his family is blocking coverage of the viewing of his casket in the Senate, though it was allowed for public viewings of bot...
  • Memorials begin for Byrd

    From Dan Malloy: WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert C. Byrd's flag-draped casket occupied the well of the U.S. Senate today, as the institution stopped work for a day to honor its longest-serving member. Mr. Byrd's hearse arrived this morning at the Capitol, whe...
  • Pittsburgh Tea Party losing steam?

    Pittsburgh will not host a Tea Party rally this Independence Day weekend, for the first time since the conservative movement launched last year. There were Pittsburgh Tax Day rallies in April of this year and last, and a July 4 Tea Party in Schenley Pa...
  • DNC in Cleveland?

    From CNN's Peter Hamby: Washington (CNN) -- The Democratic National Committee has named four cities as finalists to host the 2012 Democratic convention. The potential sites for the convention, to be held during the week of September 3, 2012, are St. Lou...
  • Ras: Toomey up 6

    Things remain stable in the Senate race, Rasmussen Reports says today, with Pat Toomey maintaining a lead over Joe Sestak: Republican Pat Toomey continues to hold a modest advantage over Democrat Joe Sestak in the race to replace Arlen Specter as U.S. s...
  • Manchin: no Senate moves now

    Gov. Joe Manchin won't search for a Senate replacement for Robert Byrd until Wednesday, he tells the AP/Charleston Gazette: CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Joe Manchin does not expect to start searching for a successor to U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd until after t...
  • Critz protects right flank

    Nineteen Democrats voted against the Wall Street reform bill when it was approved by Congress yesterday -- one of them (and the only Pa Dem to do so) was Mark Critz. Here's the breakdown from GovTrack: Pennsylvania Yea PA-1 Brady, Robert [D...
  • Rendell: Corbett tough to beat

    Ed Rendell keeps expectations low for Dan Onorato and raises them for Tom Corbett, in remarks to Politico: But Rendell said he believes Onorato still has a good shot at winning. His chances have improved because Corbett moved to the right “unnecessaril...