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  • Onorato's "fake candidate"

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- State Republican officials are trying to make political hay out of the withdrawal from the governor’s race of John Krupa, whom the GOP claimed was a "fake Tea Party candidate’’ supported by Democratic candidate Dan On...
  • "Is this on?"

    Just what politics needs -- even more comedy. It is our duty to report that Dan Onorato/Allegheny County government is hosting a candidates' comedy night Thursday in Homestead, hosted by the Post-Gazette's awesome sports columnist (and comic) Gene Collie...
  • A third bad poll for Dems

    Public Policy Polling called their results today "a low point for Sestak" and this afternoon Rasmussen Reports piles on, seconding that Pat Toomey has a 9-point lead, and saying that's enough this late in the game to say the seat should lean toward a Repu...
  • Bloomberg on Sestak

    Dan Hirshhorn at Pa2010 has the goods on Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of Joe Sestak in Philadelphia this morning, and a challenge from a conservative activist of Bloomberg's approval of a mosque near Ground Zero: Bloomberg’s endorsement, during a mo...
  • Poll: "Low point" for Sestak

    New poll results on the Senate race today from Public Policy Polling show Pat Toomey opening up a tiny bit more of a lead on Joe Sestak. But it's still "somewhat of a low point" for the Demorat, they say. (It's quite a day for polls, ain't it? Rasmussen ...
  • Manchin raising big bucks

    WVa Gov. Joe Manchin has raised an impressive $418,000 for his special US Senate race, Politico reports, while deep-pocked GOP hopeful John Raese has loaned his campaign at least $320,000. The reason the Manchin tally is impressive is federal campaign gi...
  • GOP poll: Kelly/Burns leading

    Polling from the conservative Republican group American Action Network shows two GOP challengers in Western Pa -- Mike Kelly and Tim Burns -- leading Democratic incumbents. The National Review has the overview: Their polls, conducted for American Action ...
  • Toomey on credit swaps

    Following the back-and-forth last week on Pat Toomey's history in derivatives trading, the DSCC pressed the issue again today by passing along a video of Toomey from the House of Representatives' floor in 1999 praising a bill that helped deregulate the ba...
  • Packer out of Senate race

    Another one bites the dust: Point Breeze activist Mel Packer is dropping out of the Senate race. The Green Party candidate basically said as much last week when he predicted Joe Sestak would win the ballot challenge against him. Harrisburg public radio r...
  • Tea Party guv cand withdraws

    Any chances the so-called Tea Party gubernatorial candidate might worry the Corbett camp are over. John Krupa withdrew his nomination petitions in the face of criticism (some of it from other tea partiers) and the realization that bad signatures would ge...
  • Altmire decries mosque

    To the list of Republicans criticizing a mosque near Ground Zero, add Jason Altmire (a Democrat). Remarks at a Ramadan dinner Friday night by President Obama on the freedom of religion sparked massive criticism by Republicans over the weekend, and in an ...
  • No rest for Sestak

    While the most work some of did over the weekend consisted of going down to the basement to get more beer during Saturday's rain delay, the Joe Sestak troops were hard at work: They posted their own video in response to Pat Toomey's Republican address, u...
  • Toomey delivers GOP address

    Tired of Senate race news? Neither are we! Republican Senate hopeful and former Lehigh Valley Congressman Pat Toomey was tapped this week to give the weekly Republican address, a counterpoint to President Barack Obama's weekly sermon. These addresses typ...
  • Sestak in Pgh Monday

    Following a trip to Green Tree last Monday by Pat Toomey, his Senate opponent Joe Sestak will be in Brentwood at the start of next week. From the Democrat's campaign: WHAT: Joe Sestak speaks at Brentwood VFW Post 1810 at launch of Veterans for SestakWHO...
  • FactCheck hits Toomey's ad

    On the same day Pat Toomey cited FactCheck.org to undermine a DSCC ad attacking him, the site has found that Toomey's own ad's claims about the stimulus bill are doing a bit of taffy-making with the truth. The ad states that the stimulus "gave us record ...
  • Derivative ad from DSCC

    The first ad buy of the season for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee comes in Pennsylvania, attacking Pat Toomey with the now-familiar slams on his Wall Street background. The ad refers to Toomey as a millionaire...
  • Altmire/Dems on Social Security

    The DNC is making a big deal about the 75th anniversary of Social Security this week -- and accusing Republicans of trying to take it away, Hotline reports. Who locally is taking notice? It's a name we've talked about a lot lately in these parts, Jason Al...
  • Friday the 13th/Meaning of Is

    We've been busy with hard-hitting news stories lately -- with global importance, mind you -- so forgive us for some leftovers from the Halloween basket: Republicans and Fox News are apoplectic over rope-line comments Bill Clinton made Tuesday in Scranton...
  • AFL-CIO backs Dems

    The state AFL-CIO has endorsed Dan Onorato for governor and Rep. Joe Sestak for the U.S. Senate.  Neither Democrat had the labor group's backing in the primary.   The organization supported Sen. Arlen Specter for the Democratic nomination. The group di...
  • FYI on GOP GOTV

    Republican state Chairman Rob Gleason announced Thursday that the GOP would bolster its grass roots effort by setting up with 22 local offices and 30 staffers in the weeks before the November election. In a conference call with reporters, Mr. Gleason pre...