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  • Toomey does the Charlton

    Pat Toomey did his best Charlton Heston when his bus stopped at the York County Republican headquarters on Tuesday, and remarked on gun control. "My idea of gun control is a steady aim," Toomey said, according to the York Dispatch. The comment spurred...
  • Facebook yanks Toomey spoof

    Facebook pulled down the page from liberal activists Keystone Progress making fun of Pat Toomey's contribution from an adult website owner, reports Chris Brennan at the Daily News: Toomey's camp said it hadn't asked for the page to be pulled. A Facebook...
  • Traficant not going down easily

    An Ohio elections board has given Youngstown's Jim Traficant more time to prove he has enough signatures to run for Congress as an independent in November. (AP/CQ Politics)...
  • 538 favors Toomey to win

    Liberal poll expert Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight -- which is now hosted by the NYT -- says Pat Toomey has an 88 percent chance of winning Pa's open Senate seat this year. He has consistently led in the polls (another this morning put him 9 up on Joe Ses...
  • Dahlkemper on the air

    Like her counterpart to the south Jason Altmire, Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper is up with her first television advertisement this week. The ad -- first reported by PA2010 -- began airing in the Erie market Monday, said Dahlkemper c...
  • The Clash

    A culture clash of two major events is happening this weekend that says a lot about where the nation is politically these days. The partisan divide is so wide that I'd wager that many of the politically-attuned readers of this blog don't know much (if an...
  • Upheaval on appropriations

    Politico's John Bresnahan has an interesting piece today, following up on Sen. Lisa Murkowski's stunning apparent loss in the Alaska Republican primary, about the decline in electoral clout of the pork-doling members of the Senate Appropriations Committ...
  • CQ: PA3 a tossup

    With Dems fearing they'll lose the House this November (largely due to the stalled economy, Politico reports), CQ Politics has moved Kathy Dahlkemper's 3rd District seat into their "tossup" category. But all is not lost, Democrats. Reid Wilson at Hotline...
  • F&M: Toomey, Corbett up

    Another poll, this one from F&M, shows Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett maintaining leads over their Democratic foes. From the AP: The Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Mr. Toomey with the support of 40 percent of likely voters to Mr. Sestak's 31 percent....
  • Manchins skips debate for $-raiser

    So why didn't WVa guv and US Senate candidate Joe Manchin attend last week's sole Senate debate before the state's special primary this coming Saturday? Why, the Democrat (and impressive fundraiser) was at a what his camp calls a "friend-raiser" hosted by...
  • Fun with Toomey

    Pat Toomey's opponents have been having a bit of fun lately . . . but we'll get to the nude pictures later. First up and more importantly are Toomey's comments Monday on Social Security. From the liberal blog Think Progress: Last week, Pennsylvania’s...
  • Ono: Corbett flipping on tax pledge

    Here's a snapshot of the way politics work at the tail end of the new century's first decade -- with web video, anonymous bloggers, conservative orthodoxy and conference calls. It ends in a politics blog post on the common political charge of hypocrisy. ...
  • Method to the madness

    I got a good number of emails yesterday from readers mocking Dan Onorato for going back to the end of the Reagan administration to criticize a vote Tom Corbett made -- as a suburban commissioner -- to raise property taxes. And as long as Onorato was ope...
  • Two unions spending $88M

    The AFL-CIO and the SEIU are pooling their money this fall -- some $88 million in all -- to help Democrats in Pennsylvania and other swing states. The WSJ has the story....
  • Truth-O-Meter frowns at Toomey

    Pat Toomey's campaign bus swings through Kittanning, Butler, Pittsburgh and Washington today, while Joe Sestak holds an "Education Crisis Panel" at the Gather the People House of Prayer in Philadelphia this afternoon. The Politifact folks at the St. Pete...
  • More anti-Sestak spending

    There are times when your humble D.C. correspondent is grateful that he is no longer a Western Pennsylvania television viewer, as yinz have been inundated with political ads -- and it's only August. Hate to be the bearer of more bad news, but another righ...
  • Gov race, or Hot Tub Time Machine?

    Dan Onorato opened up the opp folder today and told Pittsburgh reporters that Tom Corbett has a record as a tax-raiser . . . as a commissioner in one of the city's major suburbs 20-plus years ago. We'll update this with comment from the Corbett camp (U...
  • Altmire's on the air

    Rep. Jason Altmire has been raising a ton of money -- as of June 30, he was sitting on a cool $1.4 million -- and he's putting it to use 10 weeks out from Election Day in a Toomeyesque early ad buy. The ads (first reported this morning by PA2010) will be ...
  • Toomey up in new-ish poll

    The right-leaning pollsters We Ask America have Pat Toomey with a 13-point lead over Joe Sestak (48-35), which would be the Republican's biggest lead thus far in the campaign. That said, the poll of 1,000 registered voters was done Aug. 4, has no crosstab...
  • Dems hit Pittsburgh

    It's a busy day today in Pittsburgh, and possibly a taste of things to come through November. The two Democrats (and underdogs) in the statewide races are in town today -- Joe Sestak on Mt. Washington with Chuck Hagel and Dan Onorato in Shaler to talk To...