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  • Endorsement time

    To the suprise of absolutely no one, the Post-Gazette editorial board today endorsed Democrat Joe Sestak for Senate, while on the other side of the Allegheny, the Tribune-Review's board endorsed Republican Pat Toomey. The P-G called Sestak the "voice of...
  • Saturday Night Debate

    State Attorney General Tom Corbett and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato assured voters Saturday night that they would cope with projected multi-billion dollar state deficits without raising taxes, but in their second debate neither gubernatorial can...
  • PA-12: Critz sitting on $263K

    Rep. Mark Critz, D-Murtha, had a brisk fundraising quarter in his rematch against Republican Tim Burns, bringing in $478,000. He spent about $382,000 on folksy biographical ads, among other things, and has $263,000 left for the final weeks. (Burns' Q3 num...
  • Altmire spends big, still has nearly $1M

    Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, has been putting that financial advantage to good use insisting to voters that he spends his days in boxing matches with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. He spent $844,000 in the third quarter, but still had $926,000 in the...
  • Manchin: $2.4M raised, $1.7M cash

    Here's the Q3 numbers from Democrat Joe Manchin's Senate campaign in West Virginia, via press release: In the eight weeks since the Manchin for West Virginia campaign filed the pre-primary fundraising report, the campaign reported raising $2.4 million an...
  • Sestak: Financial crisis = dog crap

    The newest star of a Joe Sestak ad is the family pooch, a fluffy little white dog named Belle that Sestak compares not so favorably to George W. Bush and Pat Toomey. The metaphor is as follows: When Republicans were in power, they took a giant dump on you...
  • PA-14: Haluszcak has about $22K

    Rep. Mike Doyle's tea party challenger in the 14th district, Melissa Haluszcak, reports a little less than $22,000 in the bank to take on the Forest Hills Democratic incumbent. She raised about $26,000 in the third quarter and spent just under $15,000. In...
  • Fortune Cookie Toomey

    The Dems are back with another order of Chinese. The newest Pennsylvania ad from the DSCC is nearly identical to the one they ran a couple weeks ago in attacking Toomey's support of free trade with China. This one, though, adds Toomey's opposition -- at o...
  • PA-18: Murphy has big cash edge

    Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, reported more than $897,000 in the bank at the end of September. He raised $285,000 in the third quarter and spent about $160,000. He faces Democrat Dan Connolly, 27, of South Park, who brought in about $90,000 and had ...
  • Morning reading

    Here are some links with your coffee. Start, of course in the Post-Gazette, where I have a breakdown of the personal finances of your Senate candidates: The Dems love to call Pat Toomey a millionaire, but Joe Sestak is one, too. Our cross-state news pa...
  • Rush not doing Raese a favor

    Renowned conservative radio pioneer/provocateur Rush Limbaugh may have driven the candidacy of John Raese, running for Senate in a donnybrook of a race in West Virginia, into another bunker today. On Rush's much listened-to and dissected radio program t...
  • Nice Raese profile here

    Nice profile of the unexpectedly private John Raese in the Daily Mail today by Ry Rivard: In Morgantown, his hometown, Raese isn't in the circles one might expect. For instance, Terry Jones, who retired in 2002 after 25 years as head of the Morgantown A...
  • Hotline: PA Sen "closest in country"

    It's not only Dem internals -- GOP pollsters are seeing the Toomey/Sestak race tightening too, says the National Journal's "Hotline," citing unnamed sources. Republican spending has lately shot up, as we've noted before, but the NRSC says it's not a defe...
  • Poll: Corbett up 10

    A new poll by Magellan Data and Strategies of Louisville says Tom Corbett is up 14 points among likely voters -- 48-38% -- with 11% undecided. Magellan is run by a former pollster for the Republican National Committee. Full details here....
  • Onorato, back in the kitchen

    Dan Onorato is back with two new ads, one of them back in the derided-but-effective kitchen. In the spot at top, the Democrat distances himself from Ed Rendell -- as well as Tom Corbett -- saying he'll "make the gas drille...
  • GOP apologizes for "hicky" ad

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee -- which formerly said it had nothing to do with the casting call for "hicky, Blue Collar" actors in a WVa attack ad -- admitted today that its vendor was behind the language. The committee fired the vendor and...
  • Study: cell phone bias in polls

    This isn't about Pennsylvania specifically but it's part of the political conversation today. A new Pew study shows most statewide pollss -- like the kind we talk about here constantly -- do not include cell phone users, only those with landlines. Two yea...
  • AFSCME targets Kelly

    We've written a lot about the third party groups attacking Kathy Dahlkemper. Now she's got a big one on her side, going after Mike Kelly. The public employee union AFSCME filed a report with the FEC Tuesday saying it has bought $350,000 in advertising ta...
  • Pgh Senate debate details

    Here are the full details on the live, Oct. 22 Senate debate in Pittsburgh that Dan Malloy mentioned a couple weeks ago. The first Sestak/Toomey debate will be two days earlier in Philadelphia. From WPXI-TV: WPXI-TV will produce and broadcast a live one...
  • Ras: Toomey still up 10

    Polls. Polls.Polls. Polls.Polls. Polls.Polls. Polls.Polls. Polls.Polls. Polls.Polls. Polls. Yep, there are a lot of 'em. Pushing back on Dem internals yesterday claiming Joe Sestak was basically tied with Pat Toomey in the Senate race, Rasmussen Reports ...