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  • No new Rooney rep

    Steelers scion Brian Rooney was trounced in the GOP congressional primary in Michigan yesterday, and former tight end Jay Riemersma lost his bid too. (CQ Politics)...
  • Spill bill punted to Sept.

    A day after the New Yorker rather brilliantly skewered the institution, the Senate again displayed its inertia: Majority Leader Harry Reid (Getty Images photo) just announced that a bare-bones energy/BP oil spill bill would not go to a vote this week be...
  • No righteousness

    The anti-incumbency and voter frustration themes we're seeing so much this year aren't only tarring Democrats -- even Republicans in safe districts such as Bill Shuster are facing voter anger. The Altoona Mirror (via GrassrootsPa) has the story on the he...
  • Another Rooney on radar today

    At the intersection of football and politics, we have this reminder -- Brian Rooney (a nephew of Dan and the brother of Florida congressman Tom) is on the primary ballot today in Michigan. He's an Iraq war vet and lawyer running in the Republican primary ...
  • Palin back to Pa

    Ex VP candidate/Alaska guv Sarah Palin will be in Hershey in just over three weeks for a $200/plate fundraiser/dinner for the Pennsylvania Family Institute, the Patriot-News reports. The August 27 speech will be her first appearance in the state since he...
  • FMAP vote Wednesday

    The key Senate cloture vote that could help fill Pennsylvania's budget shortfall has been postponed, likely to Wednesday. The $26 billion package of Medicaid and education funding for states was offset with a tax increase on multinational corporations and...
  • Third Party contenders on Sen., Gov. ballots

    According to Pennsylvania Elections officials, John Krupa has submitted nominaitng petitions to run for governor under the banner of the Tea Party.  Libertarian Party members Douglas Jamison and Marakay Rogers have submitted petitions with enough signatu...
  • To the Extreme

    The Joe Sestak-Pat Toomey Senate race has been defined, thus far, as each one accusing the other of being an extremist while claiming the mantle of the middle. Depending on whose ads and press releases you're viewing, Toomey is either an arch-conservati...
  • Chamber pushes new Sestak ad

    After their first salvo in the Pennsylvania Senate race got so much attention the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is back on the air with another television ad attacking Democrat Joe Sestak. The Chamber, in a news release, says the ad will air in "multiple marke...
  • Ras: Corbett up 50-39

    A Rasmussen poll out today shows Attorney General Tom Corbett with a 50-39 percent lead over Democratic foe and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato in the race for governor. The Ras poll margins have been pretty steady for Corbett: he was up 48-38 two ...
  • More budget woes

    It's a good news/bad news scenario for Ed Rendell and the Legislature today. The good news is that the U.S. Senate is finally voting this evening (circa 5:45 p.m.) to extend FMAP aid to the states, a plan that is fully paid for with tax increases and sp...