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  • Santorum tied 6th in values poll

    Rick Santorum has been preachin' about as hard as a poltician can lately, but still came in sixth in a straw poll among religious conservatives at the Values Voter summit in DC last week. Indiana's Mike Pence (coming off a recent Pgh campaign visit) ca...
  • Getting hot in Pa-3

    Things are hurtling along in one of the state's most competitive congressional races -- PA-3 -- between freshman Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper and Republican challenger Mike Kelly. I have a story in today's P-G laying out the race, in which the incumbent has...
  • Sestak ad: Serving Our Country

    The Sestak camp started running a simple new commercial over the weekend -- we saw it during Giants-Colts while still reeling from 3 hours of Solomon Wilcots -- that distills the Democrat's message down about as far as it will go. Navy Man vs. Wall Street...
  • Busy day on the Senate trail

    It's yet another jam-packed day in your Senate campaign, politics junkies. Democrat Joe Sestak is hosting a somewhat awkward pair of fund-raisers with President Barack Obama in Philadelphia today. Per the White House, the presidential schedule in PA toda...
  • Corbett by 1, Toomey by 4: Poll

    A poll from the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader shows the GOP up in both big statewide races, but by smaller margins than those in every other poll this fall: The poll shows that if the election were to be held now, Corbett would receive 38 percent of the vote...
  • Altmire still runs from Washington

    Sophomore Democrat Jason Altmire is up with another ad, and like the first one it backpedals like Ike Taylor* away from Obama/Washington. "There are a lot of people in Washington who are not happy right now, but my job is to do what's right for people he...
  • Dahlkemper's harsh attack ad

    Embattled Erie Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper is airing the most negative congressional campaign ad of the fall, at least in Western Pennsylvania. The ad shows GOP opponent and "multi-millionaire car salesman" Mike Kelly holding fistfuls of money (making fun ...
  • Franco's Political Army?

    The Joe Sestak campaign got a boost this week from a man who needs no introduction here, Franco Harris. After Republican Pat Toomey reiterated his opposition to hate crimes legislation, Harris called up the New Pittsburgh Courier to denounce Toomey. “I...
  • Dem ad links Toomey/Bush

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out with a spot pointing out the similarities between former Rep. Pat Toomey and George W. Bush. It doesn't have them on stage together like the famous Sestak ad, but does have video of the Allentown man say...
  • Specter pushing SCOTUS cameras

    Sen. Arlen Specter -- remember him? -- is continuing his push to put the Supreme Court on television, giving an interview to the National Law Journal on the topic. I wrote about this a little more than a month ago, though the Law Journal article -- the bu...
  • AP: It's all about the ads

    The Associated Press this week traveled to rural Clinton County, a land where neither Joe Sestak nor Pat Toomey visits much but has been inundated with advertising -- like the rest of the state -- on the Senate race. In this heated race, AP's Marc Levy an...
  • LA Times: Wall St & campaigns

    The LA Times weighs in today on Sestak-Toomey, with Dem candidates nationwide attacking Wall Street: Nowhere is Wall Street and financial reform playing a bigger role than in the Pennsylvania Senate race, pitting Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak against Republ...
  • Sestak ads target Pgh

    Interesting stuff from Nielsen today on advertising and TV presence in the Senate race. The Sestak camp was targeting Pittsburgh hard in the second week of September, airing all 170 of its spots in the Pittsburgh area, while Toomey aired 41% in the market...
  • Surprise: Club for Growth ad hits Sestak

    Club for Growth is buying $1.5 million in ad time boosting conservative Senate candidates in five states, but not Pennsylvania. KIDDING. Of course the Club is running ads in Pa, where their former president Pat Toomey is running against Joe Sestak. The a...
  • Maybe no transit vote this year

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- Few legislators doubt that more funding should be found to improve state roads, bridges and public transit, but it isn’t known if the House Appropriations Committee will vote on a new transportation funding bill when it ...
  • "Onorato. Dan Onorato."

    The Democratic gubernatorial candidate started running a new ad yesterday in which he generally calls for reform in Harrisburg ("Are you as angry as I am with these people in Harrisburg?") and then tells people how to pronounce his name. It's not exactly...
  • GOP gets injunction for town hall

    Melissa Haluszczak, the GOP candidate running against Mike Doyle in Pittsburgh's 14th congressional district, needed to get a court injunction yesterday in order to hold a planned town hall meeting at a Baldwin-Whitehall school district middle school. N...
  • Ohio looking good for GOP

    Six-plus weeks out, it's looking like a "Buckeye Blowout" for the GOP in Ohio, writes Jeremy Jacobs at Hotline On Call: Sinking Strickland. Former Rep. John Kasich has opened up a sizable 54% to 37% lead over Gov. Ted Strickland in the Ohio gubernatorial...
  • New health care ad from Toomey

    The Toomey camp continues the past couple week's attacks on Sestak over health care reform with a new ad featuring a doctor from Sestak's Delaware County home base. Here's the transcript from the GOP campaign: Voiceover: Congressman Joe Sestak voted for ...
  • Sestak launches attack site

    The Joe Sestak camp has launched a new Toomey attack site boiling down all their criticisms of the Republican (Wall Street trader, fake small businessman, president of "Club For Greed"), while picturing him with a group of other conservative Republicans...