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  • Sarah Palin's on the phone

    Pennsylvania voters are getting robocalls from Sarah Palin this weekend urging them to vote for (presumably) Republican candidates. Politico has the story, as well as the transcript below. We hate to refudiate the former Alaska governor, but the start of...
  • Sestak's final appeal

    The Sestak camp has launched its last -- yes, last -- ad of this very very very very very long campaign season, which starts out by criticizing . . . ads. But then it pivots to the Democrat's newspaper endorsements (and some criticisms of Toomey by the, ...
  • Beaver Dems sorta endorse Sestak

    The adjacent sample ballot is what the Beaver County Democratic Party is emailing to its members instructing them how to vote on Tuesday. All of the Democratic candidates received the official endorsement of the Beaver Dems, but Senate hopeful Joe Sestak ...
  • One man, on the fence

    The car in the driveway had an Obama 2008 bumper sticker, and there were a couple more smaller stickers on the front door of the middle class home in Lower Macungie, an Allentown suburb. “Uh oh,” said Dave Bockstanz with a chuckle, checking again to ...
  • WSJ on Doyle and funerals

    A Wall Street Journal story today about off-the-wall campaign expenses mentions Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, and his frequent deployment of funeral baskets, as well as the late Rep. John P. Murtha: Rep. Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, often uses...
  • Sestak in Pgh Sat night

    Joe Sestak follows up three rallies in Philly tomorrow (including one with Obama) by making a campaign stop in Lawrenceville tomorrow night. Here's the poster, from 2 Political Junkies: ...
  • The bias question in WVa

    Hoppy Kercheval (right) is by far the biggest political analyst/columnist/commentator in all of West Virginia. And though he's interviewed Joe Manchin hundreds of times of his radio show though the years, the Democrat has avoided the show during the Senat...
  • Reg numbers good for Dems?

    You know we love stuff from Pitt's Chris Briem. Here's his latest, on statewide voter registration increases by county. It shows the largest percentage increases in the last month before the election, 2010 vs. 2009. For the sake of argument, if one assum...
  • Ras: Toomey lead "small"

    The right-leaning Rasmussen Reports says the Senate race is still down to just 4 points, with Pat Toomey leading Joe Sestak 50-46, right at the poll's margin of error. The good news for the Republican is he's broken the magical 50% barrier for the first ...
  • Zombie Toomey

    The Philadelphia City Paper -- as it did during the primary -- is out with a provocative cover urging voters to back Joe Sestak, this time with a Halloween theme. Naturally, Pat Toomey's campaign turned it into a fundraising pitch, with campaign manage...
  • Tough anti-gun spot hits Corbett

    In case you haven't noticed, most of the political attention around the state is focused on Philadelphia this weekend -- President Obama is there tomorrow, Michelle on Monday, and the Onorato camp is raising red flags about voter-suppression efforts in th...
  • Suppression battle in guv race

    Beware of campaign videos that chop off an opponent, mid-speech. Democrats are going hog wild on a speech Tom Corbett gave to Republican supporters in Delaware County yesterday, saying it shows he advocates suppressing the...
  • Specter: Wherever I May Roam

    There are four days until Election Day, and state Democratic leaders who aren't on the ballot are undertaking grueling campaign schedules in support of endangered Dems (a release this morning from the state party shows 19 Ed Rendell events and eight Bob C...
  • Madman for Raese

    The Motor City Madman (and well-known conservative talker) Ted Nugent is coming into Charleston for an event with (fellow gun lover) John Raese tomorrow. From the Republican's campaign: Charleston, W.V. – Rock legend Te...
  • Ed wanted Hillary, but Michelle will do

    As I note today in my story about the parties' get-out-the-vote efforts, President Barack Obama (Reuters photo above with Joe Sestak) will be making his second visit to Philadelphia in three weeks Saturday to rally the Democratic base -- and First Lady ...
  • Manchin vid: Seek and Destroy

    We rarely post Web-only videos because unless you're going to put up the dough to put them on TV, why would we give you free publicity? But there are always exceptions, and The Early Returns Brain Trust got a big kick out of the latest Joe Manchin effort ...
  • Following the money

    In another show of GOP momentum, Republican challengers to two Western Pa Democrats outraised* the incumbents over the past two weeks. According to 48-hour contribution notices filed through yesterday with the FEC, 3rd District Republican Mike Kelly rais...
  • . . . And Justice For All

    We've been getting some reaction today to the story about the Pledge of Allegiance at political debates, much of it from people taking on GOP contentions (by Glenn Beck and others) that the League of Women Voters is partisan and favors Democrats. At 2PJ'...
  • Pa Sen must be close

    Of all the Senate races nationwide, the two parties are putting most of their money into -- you guessed it -- Pennsylvania. Here's Hotline on Call: NRSC, DSCC Leave It On The Field: The two senatorial campaign committees filed massive media buys to the F...
  • Pledge video

    We'll have more later on reaction to the story today on the conflagration over the Pledge of Allegiance at a congressional debate in Peters Twp Tuesday, but in case you haven't seen it, here's our video on how it went down. The off-screen voice asking for...