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  • Anti-Sestak group has Iraq war past

    Salon has a bit more on the conservative group that launched ads against Joe Sestak last week, targeting him on support of Israel: If there's a headquarters of neoconservatism in Washington, there's a good argument it's 918 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. That...
  • Orie prelim begins

    From Dennis Roddy: A preliminary hearing got under way this morning in the political corruption case of state Sen. Jane Orie and her sister Janine Orie while a lawyer for a third Orie sister -- state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin -- watched from...
  • Biden, Pelosi in Philly today

    Real Clear Politics: Biden/Pelosi are hosting a fundraiser in Philadelphia today. State GOP chair Rob Gleason released this statement on the visit: “Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi know that the fate of the Democratic majority in the House rests in the ha...
  • WVa special still in limbo

    WVa legislators had still not approved a special Senate race bill as of last night, largely due to fights (previewed here last week by Shelley Moore Capito's team) over whether the November special will be considered a separate one from the other general ...
  • Inquirer on Toomey's moderate tack

    Tom Fitzgerald at the Inquirer has a nice story on Pat Toomey's efforts to woo moderates, despite his hard-right background at the Club for Growth: Now, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine - lampooned as "Comrade of the Month" by the Club in 2009 for ...
  • Ras: Senate race leans R

    The latest Rasmussen Reports poll on the Pa Senate race has Pat Toomey maintaining a lead, and thus the pollster is moving the race into "lean Republican" category: The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows Toomey ...
  • They're Baaack

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was crowing Friday over the decision by two Pittsbrugh region television station to resume airing television commercials attacking Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic Senate candidate, as a clone of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  I...
  • Manchin taps former counsel

    The U.S. Senate lost its oldest member with the death of Robert Byrd.  For his replacement, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin chose a former aide who will be its youngest lawmaker. Mr. Manchin announced the appointment of Carte Goodwin, his former chief co...
  • Critz: $166K on hand

    Democrat Mark Critz raised $173,680 a tiny 3-week window in June, as he fortifies for another race against Republican Tim Burns in the 12th District congressional race. In his latest post special election report (covering June 8-June 30), Critz spent $35...
  • 2nd Quarter roundup

    As we mark the end of the first half of the year, here's your Senate/Western Pa campaign finance roundup for the second quarter: SENATE: Pat Toomey, R: Raised $3.1 million in second quarter, has $4.65 million on hand Joe Sestak, D: Raised $1.95 million...
  • Burns: $163K on hand

    Republican Tim Burns has $163,492 on-hand for his second whack at Democrat Mark Critz in the 12th District congressional race in November. Burns raised $10,267 in an abbreviated, post special election reporting period from June 8-June 30 and spent $1,954...
  • Raese may run for Byrd seat

    CQ Politics says a familiar GOP candidate may get into the special race this fall to fill Robert Byrd's seat: John Raese, a wealthy Republican businessman who has taken on, and been defeated by, two of West Virginia’s most powerful Democrats in the pas...
  • Dem chair: take me off Byrd list

    You can take WVa Dem chairman Larry Puccio off the list -- such as this one -- of interim replacements for Robert Byrd. (Charleston Gazette/Times West Virginian)...
  • Tim Murphy: $833K

    Upper St. Clair Republican incumbent Tim Murphy has $833,859 in cash for his defense against Democrat Dan Connolly. The 18th District congressman raised $216,778 during the latest reporting period and spent $105,960. Of his receipts, $156,500 came from P...
  • Dahlkemper has $1M on hand

    Freshman Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper has more than $1 million on-hand -- or 10x the amount of cash of her GOP challenger -- to defend her 3rd District seat against Butler car dealer Mike Kelly. In a second quarter report filed with the FEC today the Erie c...
  • 18th Dist Dem has $30Gs

    South Park Democrat Dan Connolly has $30,600 on-hand in his bid to unseat GOP incumbent congressman Tim Murphy in the 18th District south of Pittsburgh. Connolly, an attorney and former congressional aide, raised $20,225 during the second quarter reporti...
  • Capito camp: law not clear

    It is NOT clear that US Rep. Shelley Moore Capito -- a leading GOP name in the mix for Robert Byrd's Senate seat -- is barred by state law from simultaneously running for Congress and in a November special Senate election, her campaign spokesman argues. ...
  • Pgh GOP pick in the red

    Coraopolis Republican Melissa Haluszczak is $1,500 in the hole in her bid to unseat longtime Pittsburgh/Forest Hills Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle. The paralegal and Tea Party activist ended June with a negative $1,531 cash balance, after raising $6,900 dur...
  • AmSpec: Take Santorum seriously

    American Spectator senior editor Quin Hillyer writes that Rick Santorum should be taken seriously as a presidential contender in 2012 (h/t GrassrootsPa): It is folly, if not sheer madness, to think that a former U.S. senator who lost his last re-elec...
  • Kelly: $103K on hand

    Republican hopeful Mike Kelly had $103,500 on hand in his battle to unseat Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper in the 3rd District race, after loaning himself another $250,000 during the second quarter, his latest finance report shows. The Butler car dealer -- who bea...