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  • Corbett politicizing B-gate?

    The Attorney General's office was busy in two days in March -- it won its latest convictions in the Bonusgate probe (sending Mike Veon to jail) on 3/22, and the next day it joined 13 other state AG's offices in suing to block health care reform, just seve...
  • A bit of context

    The Pat Toomey campaign is responding to today's new ad from Joe Sestak with this, from spokeswoman Nachama Soloveichik: Joe Sestak has had all summer to think of something to say about his record in Washington, and he couldn’t come up with one thing t...
  • Another poll: GOP up

    From Ipsos/Reuters: Ipsos' latest poll carried out on behalf of Reuters and published today shows that the Republicans lead in both the Senate and Gubernatorial races. Toomey leads Sestak by 10 points (47% to 37%) and Corbett leads Onorato by 15 points (...
  • Ras: Toomey ahead 45-39

    A new Rasmussen poll out today shows Pat Toomey ahead of Joe Sestak in the Senate race, 45-39. The poll shows the race tightening somewhat from a Rasmussen survey from two weeks ago showing Toomey with a nine-point lead and is the same figure Rasmussen ha...
  • The Hill: PA-12 'leans Dem'

    In its latest race ratings, The Hill has moved the 12th District race, which pits Democrat Mark Critz against Republican Tim Burns, into the "leans Democratic" category after Critz convincingly won the May 18 special election to fill the late Rep. John P....
  • Corbett up with critical ad

    Tom Corbett has launched his first attack ad in the gubernatorial race, linking his call for a no-new-tax pledge with his Bonusgate corruption probes, and linking opponent Dan Onorato to fellow Dem Ed Rendell (accompanied by shots of honest-to-goodness ci...
  • Traficant makes ballot

    Convicted felon Jim Traficant of Youngstown will indeed be on the ballot as an independent in Ohio's 17th District. From The Hill: The colorful ex-congressman's bid hit a speed bump after several petition signatures in support of his effort were ruled in...
  • More help for Kelly

    Butler's Mike Kelly has been added to the NRCC's "Young Gun" program -- which provides funding to GOP challengers in swing districts -- which further demonstrates the party's hopes in unseating Erie freshman Kathy Dahlkemper. (Hotline.) How bad are thing...
  • Sestak up with negative spot

    Joe Sestak is on the air in Pennsylvania, and his first piece is a negative hit on Republican Pat Toomey that, in the grand tradition of the brilliant primary "Re-elected" spot, uses Toomey's own words against him. The ad shows Toomey on CNBC in 2007 sayi...
  • Jobs good, taxes/govt bad

    A musing on a hot and slow Monday in August: We knew that top-of-the-ticket Republicans Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett shared leads in the polls, but did you ever notice they use basically the same campaign slogans? Both pics are from their respective cam...
  • Ohio a bellwether

    "Tight races for governor and senator, not to mention several close congressional contests." No, it's not Pennsylvania, it's next door in Ohio, but this essay from Quinnipiac's Peter Brown has lessons for politics-watchers over here too. From the WSJ: I...
  • Ras: Manchin up only 6

    Standing in stark contrast to a poll last week (showing Joe Manchin with a 22-point lead), the latest Rasmussen Reports survey of the WVa Senate race shows him with a bare 6-point lead over GOP choice John Raese, 48-42%. It's the same story we're hearing...
  • TPM: Critz, Alt top 5 anti-health Dems

    Mark Critz and Jason Altmire are among the top five conservative Democrats -- in a list compiled by liberal Talking Points Memo -- campaigning on their opposition to health care reform. Critz leads the list, as he's an interesting case -- he was the firs...
  • Barry Fox

    Our deepest sympathies to the family of Barry Fox, deputy director of the state Open Records office and a former Patriot-News reporter, who died unexpectedly yesterday at 47....
  • WV GOP: How to beat Manchin

    As expected, Joe Manchin and John Raese won the Dem and GOP nods Saturday for the special US Senate election in WVa. Ry Rivard at the Charleston Daily Mail boils down the GOP's strategies for beating the popular governor: CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Republi...
  • WVa primary primer

    Here's an overview from Hotline On Call on tomorrow's special Senate primary in WVa, to fill Robert Byrd's seat: Manchin nominated his ex-counsel Carte Goodwin (D) to temporarily fill the Senate seat. And after much deliberation, on 7/19 the state legisl...
  • Dowd takes one for the team

    The cold, harsh realities of the Mayor Ravenstahl's proposed parking garage/meter lease deal are becoming clearer. Its first victim is City Councilman Patrick Dowd's one-week European study mission. Dowd was admitted to the European Union Visitors Progra...
  • Two great tastes

    . . . That Taste Great Together. Mark Critz's campaign scored a nifty two-fer today by combing two of the Great Democratic Swing-State Strategies of Two-Thousand-Ten -- defense of Social Security, and trying to stay at arm...
  • Bendy straws. Check.

    It's not exactly brown M&Ms-level, but we hope someboday at the Pa Family Institute is getting the bendy straws ready. Palin headlines a sold-out $200/plate fundraiser for the institute tonight at 7. Organizers haven't seen if she's getting paid, but a r...
  • Club for Growth hits Sestak

    The Club for Growth, the arch-conservative Washington group that Pat Toomey led before mounting his Senate run, has entered the fray in its former president's race, launching an advertisement hitting Democrat Joe Sestak with that ugly epithet: liberal. T...