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  • Clinton out-campaigning Obama

    With Bill Clinton stumping for Sestak, Onorato and John Callahan on the other side of the state tomorrow, the WashPost notes the former prez is doing more campaigning than the current one: By the end of August, Clinton will have held events for at least ...
  • Damage control

    In a pre-emptive strike on Pat Toomey -- before the Republican's press conference on deficit spending in Green Tree today -- Joe Sestak went on MSNBC to talk about the nation's ballooning deficits during Toomey's time in Congress. When the anchor steers ...
  • Target: WV admin, highway depts

    Alison Knezevich at the Charleston Gazette has more on the WVa subpoenas we mentioned Friday: The West Virginia Department of Administration and the Division of Highways have been subpoenaed as part of a federal grand jury investigation, officials conf...
  • 12 weeks out

    More on the guv race: In the P-G, Jim O'Toole on third-party (Libertarian and tea party) candidates possibly impacting the race: "Current polling -- Mr. Corbett's lead has hovered around 10 points in recent surveys -- and the state's political history su...
  • Gov debate set; Toomey in Pgh

    Good morning. John Micek at the Morning Call has the story on the first scheduled debate of this fall's big statewide races -- Corbett & Onorato will square off Sept. 27 at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry dinner in Hershey. Former "Nigh...
  • WV state offices subpoenaed

    We're not sure what to make of this, but this situation -- and if it impacts Gov. Joe Manchin or others running for office this fall in WVa -- bears watching. From West Virginia's Metro News: Gov. Joe Manchin's office confirms federal investigators have...
  • Rothfus hits Altmire on PMA

    We mentioned yesterday how the federal indictment of Murtha ally Paul Magliocchetti could dredge up lines of ethics attacks on new congressman Mark Critz. But he's not the only one getting wrapped up, politically, in the tentacles of the lobbying inquiry....
  • Poll: Dahlkemper has 4-point lead

    Erie freshman Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper leads GOP challenger Mike Kelly by four percentage points, though voters in the classic swing district say they are poised to vote Republican by two.Polling by the DC-based Susan B. Anthony List – a group that sup...
  • Murtha ally indicted

    Big story here from Dennis Roddy and Dan Malloy on a federal indictment of a former Jack Murtha ally, which may reintroduce some bad mojo (for Dems) into the PA-12 rematch between Republican Tim Burns and former Murtha staffer (and current congressman) Ma...
  • Pgh US Atty near final approval

    From Dan Malloy: WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning unanimously approved the nomination of David J. Hickton to be U.S. Attorney of Western Pennsylvania, moving the nomination to the Senate floor.Mr. Hickton could be confirmed by t...
  • Internal poll: WV-1 Dem up 16

    Morgantown Democrat Mike Oliverio -- according to a poll by his campaign -- is looking good in his battle to keep the congressional seat in northern West Virginia in the party's (trembling?) hands. From the WashPost: West Virginia state Sen. Mike Oliver...
  • Redistricting going GOP's way in Pa

    Pa is on of the states where Republicans could make major chances in their favor via redistricting, if they take the governor's mansion (and/or the House), says this story in the Hill: Former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas) headed his party’s redistricting...
  • House vote next week on FMAP

    After the Senate voted for cloture on the FMAP extension and education aid bill today -- with final approval likely tomorrow -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that she will take the highly unusual step of calling the House back into session next...
  • Dok Harris: pension mgt "insane"

    Dok Harris -- who came in a distant second to Luke Ravenstahl in last fall's mayoral election -- doesn't like what he sees in Ravenstahl's pension/parking lease plan. Even if the pension fund gets a major infusion of cash from leasing garages and parki...
  • GOP: Clinton helps Sestak again

    On cue, the state GOP issued a statement today on Bill Clinton and the White House job offer to Joe Sestak, with with a twist, tying the offer to criticism of the WH handling of the economy. It's from lead spokesman Michael Barley: “It looks like Bill ...
  • Specter speaking on Kagan

    Anyone who wants to see Sen. Arlen Specter expound on Elena Kagan's nomination can flip on CSPAN2 right now. He's asked for an hour of time, which he told me was more than he'd ever asked for. He said he's usually pretty brief, and when I laughed, he said...
  • Sestak fundraiser Aug. 16

    Maria at 2 Political Junkies has the details on Joe Sestak coming to a fundraiser at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside on Aug. 16. (Tickets start at $50): Sponsors include: Hugh McGough & Kris Rust, 7th Ward Democratic Committee, 14th Ward ...
  • Layoffs averted?

    Looks like the Senate is moving forward on approval of the education/Medicaid bill for Pa and other states, holding off layoffs, according to this Senate blogger. And here's Dan Malloy: WASHINGTON -- A package of federal aid to states that would partial...
  • Clinton & Sestak in Scranton Tues

    That soot in the air? It's the GOP blowing the dust off their oppo folders on the Joe Sestak/White House job offer, in advance of Bill Clinton stumping for the Senate candidate next week. The White House announced in May that Rahm Emanuel asked the forme...
  • 1,000 expected at Palin dinner

    Sarah Palin is expected to draw more than a 1,000 people to a $200+ dinner for the Pennsylvania Family Institute Aug. 27, but organizers are not saying if she's charging her reported $75,000 speaking fee. (Intelligencer Journal/GrassrootsPa) PS, as we me...