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  • Local Tea Party rallies next week

    The Pittsburgh Tea Party movement will holding its latest rally next Thursday on the North Side. The rally is set for noon on Oct. 7 at Allegheny Landing, on the riverfront near PNC Park. (Organizers attempted to return to the renovated Market Square, si...
  • CP: City not paying review board lawyers

    Returning our focus back to Pittsburgh city government for a moment, Chis Potter at Pittsburgh City Paper says the Ravenstahl administration has stopped paying the attorneys for the Citizen Police Review Board, in a contractural dispute rooted in the boar...
  • Dems scale back ad spending?

    From the Weekly Standard: According to a source in Pennsylvania who tracks television advertising by political campaigns, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee bought only $260,000 in TV ads this week in Pennsylvania--about a 50 percent drop from ...
  • F&M: Gov race close, GOP still leads

    From the P-G homepage: Democrat Dan Onorato trails Republican Tom Corbett by just 3 percentage points in the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll on the governor's race. Mr. Corbett, the state attorney general leads Mr. Onorato, the Allegheny Cou...
  • Great stories today

    We'll have a post shortly on the F&M poll showing the still-fluid, but GOP-leading governor and Senate races . . .but until then there are tremendous stories you have to read in today's P-G: Dennis Roddy on the surprising West Virginia Senate race, which...
  • Toomey ad: Say it ain't so, Joe

    The newest Pat Toomey ad casts Democrat Joe Sestak as someone who "served our country well" but went off the reservation once he got to Washington. Aside from the familiar criticisms of Sestak's votes for the bailouts, the stimulus, health care reform and...
  • Biden: Time to roar

    Here's the Centre Daily Times on Joe Biden's campaign rally in State College today: Biden took the stage at about 2:30 p.m. He referrred to an appearance yesterday in New Hampshire at which he urged Democrats to “remind our base constituency to sto...
  • Getting ugly for Dems in PA-3

    Two weeks ago, the National Journal rated Kathy Dahlkemper's reelection bid the 28th most competitive congressional race in the country. Today, it's up to 11th. Their explanation: A new Franklin & Marshall College poll, and most GOP polls since July, sho...
  • Poll: Corbett by 7, Toomey by 5

    From Suffolk University: BOSTON – With five weeks until the general election, Pennsylvania is leaning Republican, as GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett (47 percent) leads his Democratic rival Dan Onorato (40 percent), while Republican Senate candi...
  • Critz as temp in 1st ad

    Rep. Mark Critz has put out his first television ad of the general election -- and it's a soft biographical spot, as opposed to the (dubious) Social Security attacks on Republican Tim Burns that are sure to come. Critz describes a time in his life when ...
  • Saving babies in PA-3

    A huge but still emerging storyline of the 2012 midterms -- referenced twice by us already today -- is the huge increase in third party spending, most of it on behalf of Republicans. Incumbent Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper in PA-3 has already been hit with ...
  • Sestak ad hits on corporate taxes

    Joe Sestak's newest television ad reprises his attack on Republican Pat Toomey, by using the former Club for Growth president's assertion on CNBC in 2007 that: "The solution is to eliminate corporate taxes altogether." Speaking directly to the camera, the...
  • Dems attack Raese

    Trying to keep hold of a Democratic seat that (polls say) may be slipping away, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out with a tough new ad that attacks WVa Republican John Raese on the minimum wage and worker's comp. As Raese has been in the...
  • "Super PACs"

    The Washington Post has a strong front-page story today on the rise of a new kind of political action committee enabled by the Citizens United decision and FEC rulings: the Super PAC. These PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to spend on p...
  • Raese 48, Manchin 46: Ras

    Another poll has Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin falling behind in the WVa special Senate race. Rasmussen Reports -- which just last week showed the guv up 7 points over John Raese -- now says he's down by 2. This follows a similar warning shot fired by a l...
  • Dems outspent 6:1 on ads

    Following up on that NYT following-the-money story we've been highlighting lately, here's the AP on the big picture of corporate spending this election year: Just five weeks from midterm elections, groups allied with the Republican Party and financed in ...
  • Raese: I'm riding an elephant

    Republican John Raese wasn't happy when his opponent in the special WVa Senate election, Democrat Joe Manchin, won the NRA's endorsement last week. A reporter from the Shepherdstown Observer was there to get his unfiltered reaction (and then talked to him...
  • Biden at PSU today

    Reminder: Joe Biden in State College for DNC rally today at 1:30. (Centre Daily Times)...
  • On the fringe or in the vanguard

    By Dennis B. Roddy WILKES-BARRE -- I was slumped next to the world’s noisiest air-conditioner waiting for a speech and trying to figure out why nobody here pronounces this town’s name the same way twice. Wilkes-Barry? Wilkes-Barruh? The din was ...
  • PA-12: Battle for the aged

    The snaking 12th Congressional District is home to quite a few senior citizens, and Rep. Mark Critz, D-Murtha, and his Republican foe, Tim Burns are courting their votes by complaining that the other guy is going to destroy their precious entitlements. To...