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  • Raese's new energy ads

    WVa GOp Senate candidate John Raese will hit Joe Manchin tomorrow with ads trying to tie the Democrat to so-far failed cap-and-trade energy legislation, says Real Clear Politics: MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Republican Senate nominee John Raese is hoping that co...
  • GOP leading in Ohio

    With early voting starting tomorrow in Ohio, the Enquirer releases a big poll showing the state's governor race is close (John Kasich as a 4-point lead) but the Senate race is setting up as a GOP blowout with Rob Portman leading Democrat Lee Fisher by 15 ...
  • Unions target Raese

    The AFL-CIO is issuing a mail piece attacking WVa Senate candidate John Raese on comments about deregulation he made to conservative talker Laura Ingraham, linking them to the state's Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. "After the deadliest mining disaster i...
  • Ad: Millionaire Mike

    OK, forget that bit earlier about the DCCC holding their powder, in PA-3 at least. In what is clearly one of the most competitive districts in the whole state, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is up with an attack ad on GOP candidate Mike ...
  • Ad: Dahlkemper's "baloney"

    The National Republican Congressional Committee is up with a new ad in PA-3 attacking Kathy Dahlkemper's "Bailout Baloney." The criticism stems from an ad where the Dem incumbent said she voted against TARP, a vote FactCheck called "pretty much irrelevant...
  • More proof H-burg is prehistoric

    From Tom Barnes: HARRISBURG -- Let the jokes begin. A huge metal skeleton of a dinosaur, 14 feet high and 80 feet long, now stands in the Capitol rotunda. No it's not "Rendellius dinosaurus,'' even though Gov. Ed Rendell will leave office in th...
  • Manchin favors health care repeal

    How hard is Joe Manchin running to the center -- or actually, the right -- to fend off Republican John Raese in the WVa Senate race? He told Real Clear Politics this weekend that he is in favor of GOP-style efforts to repeal parts of health care reform: ...
  • Politico: Fox good for Santorum

    Every name (other than Mitt Romney) being mentioned as a possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate, who is not currently in office, is on the payroll of Fox News. That includes Rick Santorum, and the contractual obligations are making it difficult for oth...
  • Roth rating: PA3 leaning GOP

    Analyst Stu Rothenberg has moved his rating rightwards in the PA3 race between incumbent Dem Kathy Dahlkemper and GOP opponent Mike Kelly -- to "lean Republican."...
  • A state of Good Intents

    Do not miss Sunday's report from Good Intent, Pa., from (new Early Returns columnist) Dennis Roddy: This village in West Finley is in many ways as much a place living in the past tense as in the future. It is also a slice of Pennsylvania that speaks ...
  • WVa GOP misquotes itself

    Following up on their John Raese mansion/pink marble driveway post, Politico is having more fun this afternoon at the expense of WVa Republicans. From Ben Smith (and click here for the full story): Jonathan Allen forwards on today's best press release, f...
  • WVa debate set for Oct. 18

    The first major debate of the WVa special Senate election will be Monday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m., in Morgantown, and hosted by the AP and WVU's journalism school. Jared Hunt at the Charleston Daily Mail has the details. In related news, a judge tossed out a ...
  • Politico looks at Raese's wealth

    You didn't think some bad poll numbers were going to make Joe Manchin roll over and play dead in the WVa Senate race, did you? Today Politico has a post on the enormous wealth of his GOP opponent John Raese, which pictures his Florida mansion (at top) ...
  • Altmire hits Rothfus on bailout

    Western Pennsylvania Democratic incumbents Jason Altmire and Kathy Dahlkemper continue to use the same playbook when it comes to ad strategy. The pair began their ad spending with commericials distancing themselves from Obama and Washington. Last week Da...
  • Toomey ad attacks Sestak

    The newest ad from Republican Pat Toomey in the Senate race takes aim at Joe Sestak with Sestak's own playbook -- using your foe's words against him. In this case, the ad has Sestak repeating "I want to be this president's strongest ally" twice -- just as...
  • NYT: Secret funding for pro-GOP groups

    Aided by the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision allowing unlimited and secret corporate political spending, third-party groups (see that anti-Dahlkemper ad we posted just a few minutes ago) have spent more than $100 million this election cycle -- ...
  • Inky: Corbett's waffles

    The Inquirer editorial board goes after Tom Corbett today for having it both ways on health care reform. (Reminder: the paper has had trouble with Corbett before.) Here's what they say: Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett is being hypocriti...
  • Another outside ad hits Dahlkemper

    According to Hotline, the conservative 60 Plus Association is up with another harsh ad in Kathy Dahlkemper's district, saying she "sided with Pelosi over our seniors." FactCheck had some harsh words about the group's last round of ads, which are similar ...
  • Labor works for Dahlkemper

    Steelworkers kick off their support for Kathy Dahlkemper at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning with an event in Edinboro. From the Dahlkemper camp: With more than 100 local union representatives from 11 different unions in attendance, United Steelworkers Internat...
  • GOP: $1M ad buy in WVa

    Republicans are upping the ante big time in their underdog bid to win the Senate race in Manchin-good/Obama-bad West Virginia, with a more than $1.2 million ad buy. From the WashPost: The commercial goes directly at Gov. Joe Manchin (D) -- arguing that ...