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  • Capito's pickle

    As WVa Legislature goes into special session at noon today on the Senate succession/special election, here's a smart note by Shira Toeplitz at Politico, noting the tough spot possible GOP pick Shelley Moore Capito is in -- she can't run for reelection to ...
  • Onorato takes job attack to the web

    As Dan Onorato continues to beat the drum on Tom Corbett and his comments on the unemployed with two new news conferences today, the campaign has also launched a website targeting the comments, called CluelessTom.com. If you're visiting political sites l...
  • Specter backs Kagan

    The nation's airline travelers and hotel stayers -- including yours truly in Beckley, W.Va. -- heard it first: Arlen Specter will vote for Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court. He announced his choice in an op-ed piece in USA Today. Most of the...
  • Specter's next gig: peacemaker?

    Dan Malloy had the details yesterday on Arlen Specter's weekend trip to Syria and Israel, and today the Jewish Chronicle wonders if a role as peacemaker might be a "majestic career ender" for the outgoing senator: It’s not clear who initiated the Assad...
  • Onorato still plugging away on jobs

    Following press conferences in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and (today) Philadelphia on Tom Corbett's comments on the unemployed, Dan Onorato is staging another tomorrow in Scranton. From the Democrat's campaign: PITTSBURGH: TOMORROW, July 15, 2010, Democrati...
  • Gov: 1,000 layoffs poss. in 30 days

    From Tom Barnes: HARRISBURG -- The fuse on a 30-day "time bomb'' for state employees has been lit. Gov. Ed Rendell has sent notification to the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, the State Employeees International Union and othe...
  • Toomey's hidden vigorish

    A smart note here from Tom Fitzgerald in the Inquirer, on an advantage Pat Toomey has in fundraising beyond his current $2.65 million cash edge, going back to the Dem establishment's support of Arlen Specter over Joe Sestak: The Democratic Senate Campaig...
  • WVa Senate short list

    This is a few days old, but now that we know Joe Manchin is going to announce his pick for Robert Byrd's temporary successor on Friday, here's a short list of six possible names from Reid Wilson at Hotline On Call: Anne Barth:: Barth was Byrd's state dir...
  • Critz's party line

    Mark Critz is holding a telephone town hall meeting tomorrow night, his office announces: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) will host a live telephone town hall meeting this Wednesday for 40,000 constituents of the 12th Congressiona...
  • WVa special primary Sept 3

    WVa Gov. Joe Manchin's special election/Senate succession bill -- which goes to the Legislature tomorrow -- calls for a special primary Labor Day weekend (if there are multiple candidates on the ballot). As we mentioned yesterday, he plans to name a tempo...
  • Q poll: Sestak, Toomey tied

    The Senate race remains a dead heat, with Joe Sestak holding onto the boost he got from his Democratic primary win over Arlen Specter, Quinnipiac reports after its latest July 6-11 survey of 1,367 Pennsylvania voters (MoE +/- 2.7 percentage points): Demo...
  • More on Israel and Sestak

    Liberal firebrand Glenn Greenwald at Salon fires back at the group behind the anti Sestak ad on support for Israel, and pushes back against the claims by some conservatives (such as WashPost columnist Marc Thiessen ) that lead Democrat Barack Obama has a ...
  • GOP seeks Manchin data

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee is ramping up its oppo research on Joe Manchin, reports Reid Wilson at Hotline On Call: The NRSC has requested a series of documents from Manchin's office under WV Freedom of Information laws. In a letter to...
  • Toomey well ahead of Sestak: Inky

    From the Inquirer's Tom Fitzgerald, via Twitter: Toomey will report $3.1 million in Q2, has $4.65m cash on hand. Sestak will report raising $1.95 million in 2Q, and has $2 million on hand. From the Pat Toomey campaign: Allentown – U.S. Senate candid...
  • Manchin could help Oliverio

    If popular WVa Gov. Joe Manchin runs for Senate and leads the state's ticket in November, that means good things for conservative Democrat Mike Oliverio, who unseated longtime incumbent Congressman Alan Mollohan in the primary, CQ Politics reports: If al...
  • Rendell aides leave for gas industry

    A third member of Ed Rendell's inner circle has left his office to work for the energy industry, the Inquirer reports today. In other Ed news, here's Daily News columnist John Baer on the lame duck's spending -- including on a Philadelphia office for Arl...
  • Kagan vote next Tuesday

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., this morning officially requested the postponement of the Judiciary Committee vote on Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination. By committee rules, any member can delay a nomination vote by a week, which will set up a committee v...
  • Altmire has major money edge

    Jason Altmire has more than 7 times as much money as his upstart Republican opponent Keith Rothfus in his defense of his congressional seat north of Pittsburgh. The incumbent Democrat had nearly $1.47 million in cash at the end of June, to Rothfus' $200,...
  • Doyle: $429K

    Pittsburgh congressman Mike Doyle has $429,354 on hand to defend his 14th District seat against Republican Melissa Haluszczak. The Democrat raised nearly $123,500 during the second quarter and spent $67,500....
  • Pres. Clinton stumping for Ono?

    The former president -- who's had a magic touch lately -- may stump for Dan Onorato Aug. 10 in Philadelphia, according to PoliticsPa. The Democrat's campaign says nothing is yet official....