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  • Ed: won't replace Rahm

    From Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- Bad news for Gov. Ed Rendell. (Or, on second thought, maybe it’s good news). It looks like he didn’t get the job as President Obama’s new chief of staff, replacing Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman who’s leaving ...
  • Daily Show mocks Altmire ad

    Last night's Daily Show with Jon Stewart did a segment about Democratic candidates running away from Obama and Pelosi -- and used our very own Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, as a prime example. (Thanks to 2 Political Junkies for pointing out the clip.)...
  • Sabato: PA3 leans R

    Add Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia to the list of prognosticators saying Erie Dem Kathy Dahlkemper's seat is moving to the right: PA-03 (Dahlkemper-D): Pennsylvania’s 3rd District was tight as a tick in the 2008 presidential race, as Republ...
  • Coal backs Manchin

    As we've noted already today, West Virginia Republican Senate candidate John Raese has gone to great lengths to depict Democrat Joe Manchin as anti-coal. The coal industry seems to disagree, as the West Virginia Coal Association threw its support to the g...
  • NPR on anti-Sestak ad

    Speaking of outside spending, NPR's All Things Considered did a spot on attack ads yesterday afternoon that poked holes in an ad critical of Joe Sestak by Crossroads GPS, the group led by Bush strategist Karl Rove. (Listen here.) Here's what PolitiFact's...
  • WVa already a win for GOP

    Roll Call/CQ has their take on the surprisingly close Senate race in WVa: The fact that Republicans have even forced national Democrats to engage in the Mountain State is a victory for national Republicans. It puts Democrats further on the defensive and ...
  • Rothfus, Burns are "Young Guns"

    Republican challengers Keith Rothfus (PA-4) and Tim Burns (PA-12) are both being added to the National Republican Congressional Committees' "Young Guns" list today, which qualifies them for higher levels of support from the national party. Mike Kelly (PA-...
  • The Navy do si do

    The elaborate square dance in the Senate race over Joe Sestak's military career continues today. Sestak's 31-year Navy career has been a major part of the Democrat's sales pitch this year, and in a recent ad juxtaposed that military service to opponent P...
  • Raese's tough coal ad

    That John Raese ad we said was coming early this week is out now, and boy is it tough. It hits his WVa Senate opponent Joe Manchin for a bill he championed to force utility companies to get 25% of their electricity from alternative energy resources by 202...
  • A new Off-Broadway hit

    This video has nothing to do with local politics but it's so awesome we can't resist. All politics (and political reporting) have their elements of theater and braggadocio, which get spiked with anger the longer these things go on. It rarely gets as craz...
  • 3rd parties outspend parties combined

    Here's the latest drumbeat in one of the biggest political stories of the year, referenced here often in the past couple weeks -- the growing influence of third-party spending. Senate Finance committee chairman Max Baucus has asked for an IRS investigati...
  • MC: Onorato goes negative

    It was bound to happen. With all those undecideds out there (as pollsters told us for a story today), Dan Onorato's advertising was bound to take a negative turn to try to make up the gap. John Micek at the Morning Call reports this morning that the Onor...
  • The Last Fisherman

    You know we love our cousins to the north here at Early Returns -- from one of the most competitive congressional races in the country to its place as a bellwether for elections statewide, Erie is quite the happenin' locale t...
  • Onorato ad redux

    In case you've (somehow) missed it, below is the Dan Onorato ad that pollster Terry Madonna says has boosted the Democrat's name recognition by 10 points. (Last month 53% of respondents didn't know who the county exec was -- this month it was up to 43%.) ...
  • Biden to Pittsburgh

    Man, Joe Biden really loves him some Pennsylvania. After the vice president paid State College a visit this week, he'll be at an as-yet-undisclosed location in Pittsburgh on Oct. 11 to raise money for Reps. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, and Kathy Dahlkemper,...
  • Sestak moves ads to Philly

    In their study of Senate advertising two weeks ago, Nielsen reported Joe Sestak was doing most of his advertising in the Pittsburgh market. In their latest report (going over ad time the week of Sept. 20) they show the Democrat has moved the balance of hi...
  • New website from Rothfus

    Republican Keith Rothfus, who's challenging Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, debuted a new website to attack the incumbent at www.bluedogcatcher.com. It repeats many of his typical attacks: that he votes 90 percent of the time with Speaker Nancy Pelosi...
  • Poll: Orie ahead but vulnerable

    The campaign of Ross Democrat Dan DeMarco, challenging Republican Jane Orie for her state Senate seat, has put out a poll today that shows some serious vulnerabilities for the incumbent -- though it does nudge voters in that direction. Orie, far left i...
  • Fmr Navy sec endorses Toomey

    The Pat Toomey campaign announced today that it's getting the endorsement of former Navy secretary (and Republican member of the 9/11 study commission) John Lehman tomorrow in Harrisburg. In case you missed it, Toomey's Senate opponent Joe Sestak is a fo...
  • Erie says: Nov 2 will be close

    We noted this in our story on the Suffolk University poll yesterday, but we've since talked to the poll director, who told us why he chose Erie as his bellwether county for the state: In the last midterm in 2006, the statewide governor's vote went to E...