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  • Toomey: HCR hurts health biz

    From Jim O'Toole Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey charged today that Obama administration's health care bill poses a threat to high-tech medical manufacturers through its imposition of a 2.3 percent tax on medical device sales. The former cong...
  • Toomey: Against hate-crimes laws

    Return with us to now those thrilling days of yesteryear . . . in 2004. Opposition to hate crimes legislation was one of the sidelights of Pat Toomey's last Senate run, in the hard-fought GOP primary against Arlen Specter that year. Specter was a champio...
  • Guv: Corbett/Toomey not wackos

    From Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- Tom Corbett, the Republican candidate for governor, and Pat Toomey, the GOP choice for U.S. Senate, can rest easy -- Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell does not include them in the category of "wackos’’ or "fruit loops.’’...
  • Ras: WV Sen a "toss up"

    No wonder Joe Manchin is calling up the ghost of Robert Byrd. The latest poll from Rasmussen Reports says Joe Manchin is down to just a 5-point lead over Republican challenger John Raese. Here's the top of the report: West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin ...
  • First wives club

    In advance of their 9/11 appearance together this Saturday in Shanksville, Politico has a nice story today on the mutual admiration society between First Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush. The whole thing is worth a read, but here's a bit of context ...
  • Ed: GOP "wackos" "nuts"

    We all know there's no love lost between Ed Rendell and the GOP -- see Sean Hamill's story yesterday on Rendell admitting he'd never get a drilling moratorium through the Republican state Senate, partially because they despise him so. That said, the outg...
  • Endorsement day

    It's an endorsement-heavy day in the Senate race. Pat Toomey won the favor of former Gov/Rep/Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge at a State College press conference this morning, following up on one from the state FOP yesterday. Toomey is presumably up in ...
  • Biz group with new anti-Alt ads

    A Republican-leaning business group called Americans for Job Security launched a new television ad against McCandless Democrat Jason Altmire today, repeating two regular themes from the GOP -- criticism of the stimulus package and of Nancy Pelosi. Accord...
  • Manchin doesn't like negativity

    West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, running for Bobby Byrd's old Senate seat, is up with his first television ad today that  has the feel of a 30-second gubernatorial address to his state. The spot has no cutaways, just Manchin looking at the camera and sayi...
  • Onorato on TV

    The Dan Onorato campaign is up with its first TV spot of the fall, a minute-long spot mentioning county budgets, government consolidation and other stuff that will be old hat to Pittsburghers. (Reminder: It's not for you. The Democrat needs the other side...
  • Ravenstahl's secret weapon

    Luke Ravenstahl is bringing out the big guns in his PR blitz for privatizing city parking garages and meters. Former Mayor Sophie Masloff taped a video message in favor of the deal this morning at the mayor's office, comparing it to her successful (but...
  • NJ: Dahlkemper in serious trouble

    The National Journal ranks the 60 most competitive House races today, with 54 of the in-trouble seats held by Democrats. Kathy Dahlkemper is one of them, coming in at the middle of the pack at Number 28: Dahlkemper is in serious trouble in this marginall...
  • Toomey in Pgh Thurs

    Pat Toomey's back to Pittsburgh (and the Technology Center on 2nd Avenue) tomorrow for a critical talk on health care reform: Allentown – Pat Toomey will hold a press conference in Pittsburgh tomorrow, September 9th, to emphasize the importance of inn...
  • Biden campaigning for Sestak

    Vice President Joe Biden will head to Philadelphia on Monday to raise money for Rep. Joe Sestak -- a week before President Barack Obama does the same -- the Sestak campaign confirmed this morning. The double-barreled White House effort (smiley photo abo...
  • Toomey took earmarks too

    With the Toomey camp lately going after after Joe Sestak's earmarks, Democrats are crowing today about a story from the Inquirer's Tom Fitzgerald that the Republican got millions in such funding for his Lehigh County congressional district, before going o...
  • Eyes on Philly

    After a couple of busy days in Pittsburgh -- including Monday's Labor Day festivities, and campaigning all over the city yesterday -- most of the state's scheduled political action is in Philly today. DNC chair Tim Kaine is at UPenn with Ed Rendell at 12...
  • Doyle responds to New Yorker

    Over at 2 Political Junkies, Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, responded to this week's piece in the New Yorker on the controversial C Street House where he used to live. Doyle emailed 2 Political Junkies to tell them that he wasn't pressured by the consti...
  • Cleveland gears up for Obama

    From our neighbors to the northwest, here's the Plain Dealer on Obama's afternoon speech at the Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus this afternoon. They also have a sidebar on the president's call for tax credits and new infrastructure investments...
  • Plouffe talks PA races

    As it did during its web messages during the 2008 president campaign, Obama's political arm picks out one state to illustrate its get-out-the-vote efforts nationwide, and today it's Pennsylvania. "Pennsylvania has, like most states in the country, plenty...
  • Sestak: Toomey's "callous policies"

    Here's Jim O'Toole on Joe Sestak's economics speech at CMU today: Rep. Joe Sestak reinforced his populist portrayal of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race Tuesday as he told Carnegie Mellon students that his Republican opponent "seems to miss the human cost ...