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  • WP: Hagel's Cabinet tryout

    Chuck Hagel's endorsement of Joe Sestak -- following that of fellow out-of-stater Michael Bloomberg -- will do more for the former senator than for the hopeful one, opines Chris Cillizza in the WashPost: Dig slightly deeper, however, and it seems clear t...
  • Manchin leads by 22

    A new poll by R.L. Repass & Partners shows Democrat Joe Manchin with a 22-point lead (54-32) over leading GOP name John Raese in the special WVa US Senate election. In better news for Republicans Shelley Moore Capito leads all the main Democratic names f...
  • AP: Hagel to back Sestak

    Following up last week's endorsement from Independent New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, it appears Democratic Senate hopeful Joe Sestak has secured the endorsement of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. The pair will appear in Pittsburgh tomorrow, the AP's Pe...
  • First ladies to Shanksville on 9/11

    From Dan Malloy: WASHINGTON -- First Lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor, Laura Bush, will travel to Shanksville, Somerset County, to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The visit to the memorial site of the Flight 93 crash...
  • Camp over; regular season looms

    It seems like it's been going on forever, but it's only just beginning. In a slow time in a slow part of the year -- underscored by the president going on a 10-day vacation -- the two parties are launching grassroots efforts statewide this week, before t...
  • 'House

    If you're still catching up this Monday morning, don't miss Gene Collier's great story on Penguins CEO (and Democratic fixer) David Morehouse: He has operated at the highest levels of government, making 17 trips around the globe on Air Force One. He ha...
  • On the Road with Joe Sestak

    Michael Sokolove in the NYT has a profile of Joe Sestak in their magazine this Sunday that has this smart point at the beginning: One of the best things Sestak has going for him is the bad thing that happened to him in the spring — being dissed by ju...
  • Ono camp claims "swift boat" tactics

    You get the feeling -- at least fans of The Wire might -- that Dan Onorato doesn't have to get locked into a conference room to do fundraising like Tommy Carcetti. The ever-energetic Democrat's camp issued two fundraising-related emails today -- one sayi...
  • Manchin skips debate

    There's a debate tonight among all the candidates running in the WVa special Senate election -- all of them except Gov. Joe Manchin. (Daily Mail)...
  • Dems: Sestak close

    Perhaps trying to stem bad publicity/fundraising concerns with the surge of polls heading the Republican direction lately, Democrats have released internal poll results showing their Senate candidate losing as well. But just not as badly. From NBC's Firs...
  • Weighing in, in this corner . . .

    You need a scorecard to keep up with all the shady goings-on in Philly these days -- we know, we know, Western Pa has held up its end of the bargain -- but here's the latest on just two current matters happening on the other side of the Keystone. The se...
  • Corbett up big

    That's the headline on Public Policy Polling's latest look at Pa, and it's hard to argue with them after the spate of polls this week all pointing red. And again, Ed Rendell is weighing down is fellow Democrat Dan Onorato. PPP has Tom Corbett up by 13 po...
  • Vice Prez Santorum?

    Perhaps a shot at Vice President Santorum would be more likely? We've talked many times in this space about Rick Santorum's presidential ambitions, but remember this -- even in first caucus in the nation Iowa, where Republican voters are especially conse...
  • No indies left

    Only the major party candidates are left on the ballots for governor and Senate. From the AP: By PETER JACKSON The Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — All three Libertarian Party nominees for statewide office in Pennsylvania abandoned their bid...
  • Another poll: Corbett up 10

    For the second day in a row, two different polls are agreeing on the exact lead held by the GOP candidate in a statewide race. Yesterday two polls found Pat Toomey leading Joe Sestak by 9 in the Senate race -- today, it's Tom Corbett up 10 over Dan Onora...
  • Feds raid Philly state rep/judge's offices

    From the Inquirer: FBI and IRS agents descended on the South Philadelphia office of State Rep. William F. Keller (D.-Phila.) and the home of Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew this morning. FBI Special Agent J.J. Klaver confirmed agents fro...
  • 1000 words dept.

    AP/Gawker photo....
  • Labor & biz supporting Manchin

    More here on fundraising in the special WVa Senate race, from Ry Rivard at the Charleston Daily Mail. Joe Manchin got $$$ from a host of Democratic senators, as well as business & labor interests: The business and labor PACs backing Manchin include ones ...
  • Poll: Corbett "odds-on favorite"

    Ed Rendell continues to loom large, even near the end of his eight-year run. Republican Tom Corbett's 10-point lead in the governor's race over Dan Onorato is "wide and deep," benefitting from worries over the economy and Rendell's staggeringly low 24%...
  • PA is Number 1!

    State Supreme Court campaigns have become proxy wars between big business and plaintiff's lawyers, especially in Pa, which has lately led the nation in their campaign spending. The findings were highlighted in a new report from the Brennan Center for Juct...