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  • Ras: Gov race tightens

    Tom Corbett still leads by 10 points in the governor's race, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, but Dan Onorato has gained ground since their last survey, leading the pollsters to rate the race as a bit more competitive for the Democrat. That...
  • Gov debate in Pgh set

    The gubernatorial candidates have scheduled their second debate, this time in Pittsburgh. WPXI-TV will host a debate between Tom Corbett and Dan Onorato Sat., Oct. 16, moderated by Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Baer. It will be broadcast live fr...
  • Corbett hits Specter in new ad

    The Tom Corbett campaign has another ad up, this one taking on the proposed Arlen Specter library, and other state spending projects. UPDATE: Specter released this statement on the ad: "Mr. Corbett ought to check the facts. The facts are that the Common...
  • Mayor's "countdown" to takeover

    The tweaks to the official Pittsburgh city government website have launched -- you won't see anything new on the homepage, but the mayor's own page has the site's new look. A defense of his parking privatization plan sits across the top (see above), alo...
  • O'Donnell's WVa connection

    Tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell's win in the Delaware Senate primary last night means the GOP is "extremely unlikely" to flip the Senate seat to their side . . . increasing heat on the party to take over the Democratic seat in West Virginia (or Con...
  • Ras: Toomey near 50%

    Pat Toomey has an 8-point lead in the Senate race over Democrat Joe Sestak, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll. That's a slight uptick from the 6-point Toomey lead in the Fox News poll yesterday, which was done by a Ras subsidiary. From toda...
  • Dahlkemper: No decision on tax cuts

    Freshman Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper -- who may be in trouble of losing her NW Pa congressional seat in November -- is staying out of the debate on the politically precarious Bush-era tax cuts. The tax breaks will expire this year unless re-upped by Congre...
  • Fox: Toomey up 6

    Fox News has Pat Toomey with a 6-point lead over Joe Sestak, 47-41%. (h/t GrassrootsPa) The poll also has Tom Corbett up 10 points over Dan Onorato, 50-40%. Obama is still hurting Democrats, with a 40% approval rating. The full results and questions for...
  • Obama on Rooney

    Here's the video of Obama's interview this weekend with ESPN about Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney. Obama notes the Steelers boss (and lifelong Republican) endorsed him during a down time for his 2008 presidential campaign, with Hillary Clinton surging i...
  • Sophie: Glad I'm still around

    The video Sophie Masloff taped in favor of Mayor Ravenstahl's parking privatization plan -- we had the background here last week -- is up on YouTube, with the 92 year old comparing it to the times she privatized the zoo, aviary and other former city insti...
  • Dem poll: Critz by 7

    The latest salvo in the internal poll war in the 12th District -- where the candidates' numbers, oddly enough, always seem to give themselves the edge -- came Monday from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which put out a poll showing Democr...
  • Grilled cheese with Joe

    Here's the pool report from last evening's Joe Biden fundraiser for Senate hopeful Joe Sestak, provided by the Inky's inimitable Tom Fitzgerald. (VPOTUS, by the way, means Vice President of the United States -- Biden): The menu consisted of grilled chees...
  • Bubba's back

      In Philadelphia Monday, Former President Bill Clinton pitched in for the candidacies of Joe Sestak and Dan Onorato. Mr. Clinton was in town for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s appearance to receive the Liberty Medal, but he made the most...
  • GOP makes pick for Logan seat

    GOP officials have tapped a former Plum school board member as their pick in the special election for state Sen. Sean Logan's seat. From the party: HARRISBURG– Chairman Rob Gleason is pleased to announce that conferees from Pennsylvania’s 45th Sena...
  • T Party GOTV HQ opens Tuesday

    An offshoot of a national nonprofit that trains tea party activists and other conservatives in campaign tactics is opening a get-out-the-vote office in Wexford next week. (Yes, in GOP-targeted Democrat Jason Altmire's district.) American Majority Action ...
  • Natl parties reserve airtime

    Roll Call has the story on the "game of ad buy chicken" between the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Pennsylvania and other swing states. Here are the details on Pa: In Pennsylvania, the DSCC re...
  • Sestak runs bio ad

    The Sestak camp flipped its ad strategy around this fall. In the spring, it started with a biographical ad and later famously attacked Arlen Specter. This time around it started by attacking Pat Toomey's work on Wall Street, before releasing a biographica...
  • PPP: Parsing the parking plan

    There are so many disputes about the city's parking privatization plan. Even the name -- at the mayor's office they're calling it PPP, but for "public-private partnership," underlining what they think is the best way to leverage public assets to get priva...
  • Santorum on church & state

    Yesterday, the P-G's Dan Malloy previewed a pre-presidential run speech on religion from former Pa Sen. Rick Santorum down in Houston. Santorum went to the city -- site of fellow Catholic John F. Kennedy's speech on the separation of church and state 50 y...
  • Clinton in Philly with Ono Monday

    Bill Clinton is going back to Philadelphia Monday to campaign for Dan Onorato. More details later. (Inquirer/GrassrootsPa) UPDATE from Onorato camp: EVENT: Rally with President Bill Clinton and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato. DATE/TIME:...