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  • WP: Capito won't run

    The congresswoman will not run against Joe Manchin for Robert Byrd's Senate seat, says Aaron Blake at the Washington Post: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) has decided she will not run to replace Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), three sources familiar w...
  • Ethics complaints surge on Sestak offer

    The Joe Sestak/White House job flap triggered a huge jump in complaints to the Office of Congressional Ethics from private citizens, in large part due to scrutiny from Republicans and conservative websites, Hotline reports: The report says 1,700 of the 2...
  • Capito announcement today

    US Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will announce today whether she will run against Joe Manchin for the balance of Robert Byrd's Senate term, but is growing wary of getting into the race, reports Politico: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) will announce whet...
  • Corbett addresses jobless

    Tom Corbett addressed unemployment benefits at a student forum in Harrisburg yesterday, saying he supported extending them if they were paid for with existing federal monies (not through borrowing, as the Senate narrowly moved). That's not to say the Gen...
  • Obama unpopular in WVa

    A bit more for the Manchin file: As popular as the incumbent governor is, it's not necessarily a good time to be running as a Democrat in the Mountain State. According to Gallup, the president's approval rating WVa ranks second-worst in the nation behi...
  • Pro-Sestak ad hits back on Israel

    A pro Israeli peace group says it is lauching an ad defending Joe Sestak against attacks from a conservative pro-Israel group. The ad from J Street will be broadcast statewide, it said in a statement from the group's president Jeremy Ben-Ami, a former de...
  • Corbett v. The Inquirer

    Tom Corbett still isn't talking to the state's largest newspaper. Reporters at the Inquirer have been trying unsucessfully to interview the GOP guv candidate since his July 9 comments about some jobless staying on unemployment rather than looking for job...
  • Kagan clears Judiciary

     Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 13-6 vote. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who announced his choice in an op-ed in USA Today last week, voted in Kagan’s favor but once again sprinkled in his...
  • Navigating the courthouse

    By now you've surely read Dennis Roddy's full piece on the Orie preliminary hearing, which reminds us once again how wild and convoluted Pittsburgh politics can be. First off are the alleged threats against Stephen A. Zappala Jr., but let's not forget wha...
  • Yup, Manchin's in

    From the AP/Charleston Daily Mail: CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin confirmed Tuesday he will run for the U.S. Senate to fill the late Robert C. Byrd's unexpired term. Manchin's announcement ended speculation on whether the popular De...
  • WVa Sen "dashes" to vote

    As Ann Belser writes in the PG today, the Senate is set to vote on extending unemployment benefits 15 minutes after Carte Goodwin gets sworn-in as WVa's interim senator. In a short blog post last week, Vanity Fair's Juli Weiner wrote about the state's ...
  • WVa reminders

    With Joe Manchin set to announce his bid (probably this morning) to replace Robert Byrd, here's a couple things we've written before to remember: Due to federal campaign financing laws, the governor will be at a fundraising disadvantage against a congres...
  • For the record: Early WVa poll

    There will be more polls on the way now that the WVa special election is set, but as of July 9 Joe Manchin held a 14-point lead over Shelley Moore Capito in this Rasmussen poll and and 39-point lead over Secretary of State Betty Ireland....
  • WVa agrees to special;Capito cleared for run

    After compromising with Republicans, WVa Gov. Joe Manchin signed a bill last night setting up a special Senate primary Aug. 28 and election Nov. 2. Manchin will likely announce today he's running for the Democratic spot, and the compromise will allow Shel...
  • Sestak battles with Comcast over ad

    The Sestak campaign is trying to get a television ad targeting him on Israel pulled, just as it did (temporarily) with one targeting his voting with Nancy Pelosi. Greg Sargent at the WashPost has the details here, along with word that the pro-Israel group...
  • Manchin cancels press briefing

    The presser on the special Senate election the WVa gov scheduled for 3:30 and then 4:30 p.m. has been put off, his office just announced:  CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The press conference that was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today has been postponed because ongo...
  • WP talks stimulus with Dahlkemper

    In a new story about conservative Democrats and the budget, the WashPost goes to Butler and interviews Kathy Dahlkemper at an Eat'n Park: BUTLER, PA. -- Two years ago, Kathy Dahlkemper, a dietitian and mother of five from Erie, Pa., won a seat in Congres...
  • Times praises PG mining story

    An editorial in the NYT today praises a recent story on the Upper Big Branch mine disaster by the P-G's Dennis Roddy and Dan Malloy. It begins: If a sense of urgency is needed beyond the deaths of 29 coal miners last April in West Virginia, Congressional...
  • Manchin addressing impasse

    UPDATE 2: Manchin's office postponed his press conference shortly after 4 p.m. With all signs pointing to an impasse in the WVa legislature over the special Senate election, Gov. Joe Manchin may be forced to call an election himself. He'll address the is...
  • WP: Cap-and-trade dead

    From liberal blogger Ezra Klein at the WashPost: You can't pass what you can't say: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid played dumb last week when a reporter asked him if the energy and climate bill headed to the floor would come with a “cap” on gre...