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  • Pence hits Pelosi for Rothfus

    No matter what Democratic polls or fundraising totals say, national Republicans see Keith Rothfus as real threat to beat the 8th District Congresswoman from California. Oh, and the 4th District congressman from Pennsylvania too. At a fundraiser for Roth...
  • Dahlkemper's new anti DC ad

    Here's a thought experiment that will put you, if you dare, into the heads of running-scared incumbent Democrats these days. First read this sentence: "I didn't create the mess in Washington, but I'm working every day to solve it." Now consider: Is the ...
  • 'Frat house for Jesus'

    The New Yorker this week takes an in-depth look at the C Street House, the former home of Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, and other Christian members of Congress that became controversial for its secrecy and the tendency for its members to have affairs...
  • Mayor Steelerstahl returns!

    We're starting to run out of football metaphors for the big post Labor Day kickoff of the political season, so luckily Luke Ravenstahl has intervened and scheduled a news conference Friday with the Steelers. It's related to a NFL/United Way effort to is...
  • Raese ad flap in WV-Sen

    Down in West Virginia, the family of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd is taking umbrage at an ad aired by Republican John Raese against Gov. Joe Manchin that uses the above image from Byrd's funeral to link Manchin and President Barack Obama. Raese is a lon...
  • Internal poll: Altmire up 51-24

    Rep. Jason Altmire's campaign put out an internal poll today conduced by Democratic firm Anzalone-Liszt showing their man with a robust lead over Republican Keith Rothfus. The McCandless Democrat got a 60 percent favorability rating in the telephone surve...
  • Two new Toomey ads

    Things really are taking off today. With Joe Sestak talking jobs at CMU this morning, GOP opponent reaches into his taller stack of campaign chips and hands over two new television ads, one a benign spot about his third child and the other a counterpunch ...
  • Eight weeks out

    Make sure you see Jim O'Toole's curtain-raiser on the eight week run to the election: History, a bad economy and reams of polling data are foreboding for the party that captured the White House in a landslide just two years ago. If there was one bit of...
  • 2 senators, 1 hopeful in the 'burgh

    Unlike last year, Sen. Arlen Specter has kept a low public profile during this Congressional recess -- perhaps having to do with his lame-duckness -- but he'll be in town Tuesday with delegation mate Sen. Bob Casey and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shin...
  • Fact-check for Dahlkemper

    The fine folks at Factcheck.org took a look today at "bailout" claims from Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Erie, and other lawmakers in their advertisements. As noted in this post from last week, Dahlkemper claims to have voted against the Wall Street bailout, b...
  • Sestak reversal on Gaza letter

    There's been a bit of a kerfuffle in the Senate race about Joe Sestak's support for Israel and -- as peace talks commenced here in D.C. this week -- Sestak visited an Orthodox Jewish organization in Philly to discuss the Holy Land. According to the Orthod...
  • Was FLOTUS unavailable?

    As first reported on PoliticsPA -- by the soon-to-be-National-Journal-bound Alex Roarty -- President Barack Obama will campaign for Joe Sestak on Sept. 20 in Philadelphia. Obama, of course, backed Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary and used Bill...
  • Sestak: Earmark was "my error"

    Since the Allentown Morning Call first reported Saturday about a potentially improper earmark that Rep. Joe Sestak pushed, the Pat Toomey campaign has repeatedly hammered him while the Sestak campaign pleaded ignorance. At issue was the fact that a $350,0...
  • GOP: Burns up 5 in PA12

    GOP polling wasn't so great the last time around in PA-12, but the party is out with another internal poll showing their guy Tim Burns with a 5-point lead over Democrat Mark Critz. From CQ Politics: In the survey, obtained by CQ Politics, Burns leads Cr...
  • GOP state Sen meeting Sept. 10

    Next Friday, the state Republican Party will pick its candidate for the state Senate seat being vacated by new UPMC hire Sean Logan. Here's the news release: HARRISBURG–Today, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania (PA GOP) announced that a 45th State S...
  • Broder's sloppy marinara

    Washington Post columnist David Broder parachutes into Philly to cover the governor's race, and makes the important point that either Tom Corbett or Dan Onorato will hold a seat in January that makes national figures of its occupants, from Dick Thornburgh...
  • Ras: Gov race "solid R"

    Tom Corbett has widened his lead over Dan Onorato to 13 points in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, at 50-37%. This follows similar results yesterday from Reuters showing the GOP candidate with a 15-point lead. Rasmussen now considers the governor's man...
  • Church and state

    Rick Santorum, never one to shy away from talking about faith, will deliver a speech next week in Texas, CNN reports, about the need for religion in the public square. It's designed to refute a famous speech delivered 50 years ago in Houston by John F. ...
  • Corbett camp: B-gate not mentioned

    Chris Brennan at the Daily News asks Corbett media guy John Brabender if the guv candidate violated a pledge to keep Bonusgate out of the race, after the GOPer's latest ad talked about his efforts to "fight corruption" in Harrisburg. Brabender yesterday ...
  • DSCC back for Sestak

    A day after the Joe Sestak campaign launched its first advertisement of the general election, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee returns today with another attack ad on Republican Pat Toomey. The ad -- shocker! -- depicts Toomey as a handmaiden...